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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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