Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns
Oração da Viajante (The Traveler’s Prayer)
Newly written during Deanna's artist residency at the Sacatar Institute in Bahia, Brazil, this choral piece with original Portuguese text was premiered in June 2018 by Choral Arts Initiative under the direction of Brandon Elliott. Listen to the performance below, and stay tuned for the sheet music.
Nossa Senhora Suite
Deanna recently returned from a two month residency at the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil doing research for her new composition/recording, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Learn more- along with how you can make a tax-deductible contribution through the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
“We Walk in Love”
This short, original song from the Justice Choir Songbook has been sung at social justice gatherings all across the country, including at at 60th anniversary events commemorating the “Little Rock Nine” at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. Download your free-to-use copy here, and check out a recent video from the Massachusetts ACDA conference below.
- 11/17/18 Melodia Women’s Choir in New York, NY at West End Collegiate Church
- 12/08/18 Deanna Witkowski- solo piano in Pittsburgh, PA at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts Buy Tickets
Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns is in three pre-nomination categories for the 2019 Grammy Awards! •Category 33: Best Jazz Instrumental Album (#287, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns) •Category 31: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (#391, “Lord, I Want … Continue reading
My article, “Making Hearts and Voices Sing: Creating Jazz Hymns,” is now out in the September issue of Down Beat (it’s on pages 82-84). Complete with notated music examples, it offers practical tools on where to start in creating jazz arrangements of … Continue reading
I returned from my artist residency in Brazil on June 11. Since then, I’ve been going through photos, reading my “morning pages” (daily journal entries), and delving into books that I bought during my stay, like this great one on the story … Continue reading
Greetings from Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil! As I write in my beachfront studio, I am looking out on water, sand, sky, clouds, and five Brazilian boys who are doing flips on the beach! It is a little strange sometimes to realize … Continue reading
Happy Easter, Passover, and spring! In exactly one week, I’ll be flying to Brazil to spend eight weeks at the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia. I’ve been preparing for this trip for months and it’s finally almost here. And I’ve … Continue reading
The beginning of 2018 has been filled with travel, performances, and a new choral commission! Read/view my February e-news here. For those of you who aren’t on my mailing list and would like to be, send me an email and I’ll … Continue reading
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here’s the fifth entry in my hymn history co-blog with author and activist, Pam McAllister. We’re exploring the history of each of the hymns on Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. In this post, we look … Continue reading
Just in time for Thanksgiving: Here’s the fourth entry in my hymn history co-blog with author and activist, Pam McAllister. We’re exploring the history of each of the hymns on Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. This week, we look at the … Continue reading
Here’s the third installment in my hymn history co-blog with author and activist, Pam McAllister. We’re exploring the history of each of the hymns on Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns by Deanna Witkowski … Continue reading