Hymn tune history: CWM RHONDDA (with co-blogger Pam McAllister)

Here’s the second installment in my hymn history co-blog with author and activist, Pam McAllister.  Pam and I are exploring the background of each of the hymns on my new recording, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. Makes the … Continue reading

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Melodia Women’s Choir performs Deanna’s “Where Shadow Chases Light”

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Hymn tune history: HYFRYDOL (with co-blogger Pam McAllister)

After recording all of the jazz hymn arrangements on Makes the Heart to Sing, I knew that I wanted to spend some time learning a bit about the history of each hymn tune. I immediately thought of my friend, author … Continue reading

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Hearing others sing my music (and winning composition contests)

This morning I found out that my song, “We Belong to God,” won The Hymn Society’s contest calling for new settings of Psalm 100. I’ve written about thirty psalm settings, and this one is one of my favorites (there are … Continue reading

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New album cover unveiled! Pre-orders still on! Gigs in NY, OH, and MN!

I’m happy to be writing while looking out at trees in my mom’s backyard in upstate New York. There are so many logistics with the new album- and with upcoming tours and performances- that I am grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading

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PREVIEW DEANNA’S JAZZ HYMNS RECORDING!

On March 9 and 10, my trio (Daniel Foose and Scott Latzky) laid down 24 tracks at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. 14 of the tunes are instrumental- mainly arrangements of 17th and 18th century hymn tunes- and 9 additional originals … Continue reading

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Deanna receives a Sacatar Institute Fellowship!

February news: I’ve received a residency fellowship from the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil! I’ll be spending two months at Sacatar (dates TBA) to work on my new Brazilian project, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Nossa Senhora Suite merges Afro-Brazilian … Continue reading

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Brazilian music in January

  1/4/17: Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to playing Brazilian music this month: first, this Sat and Sun, Jan 7/8, with Kenia at APAP (Arts Presenters Conference); and then with Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil on Tues, Jan 17 … Continue reading

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Deanna wins the Illinois ACDA Choral Composition Contest!

[UPDATE: Click HERE to watch video of the piece! Sheet music is now available at my sheet music store.] I’m excited to announce that my SSAA setting of the Rabindranath Tagore poem, “Where Shadow Chases Light,” is the newly named … Continue reading

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Video of SSAA choral piece, ‘I learned that her name was Proverb.’

Last month I began a 10-day tour in the South (Hattiesburg, MS and New Orleans) with my trio, and then flew north to Chicago to work with the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale. I accompanied the chorale on the second-ever performance of my … Continue reading

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