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
Back in 2009, I wrote an entry on my old “Renewing Presence” blog about walking a labyrinth at a retreat center in Stony Point, NY. That walk reminded me of a Denise Levertov poem, ‘I learned that her name was … Continue reading
Happy March! I’m super ready for spring (which also coincides with my birthday), as well as for a bunch of out-of-town performances (see calendar) that will take me to Raleigh, NC; Hattiesburg, MS; New Orleans; and Chicago. For those of … Continue reading
Happy New Year! I spent most of December 2015 gearing up for a jam-packed January 2016. Here’s where my trio will be performing this month (in Louisville, KY and in NYC): In Louisville, KY: •Sat, Jan 9 at 5 pm: … Continue reading
A couple of years ago, I posted a series of solo piano performances live from my living room on YouTube. Here’s my samba version of the perennial holiday hit, “Frosty the Snowman.” Enjoy, and happy holidays!
My Soul Proclaims (Magnificat)– from a live performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem, Oregon, 2011. NOTE: Part one, which features a three-part a cappella song, “Never Before,” is available here. The second installment in my Advent music about Mary … Continue reading
NOTE: Part 2 is now available here. One of the challenges of the month of December (for me, at least) is not skipping ahead to Christmas. My brain is focused on travel plans; how I’ll make my money stretch to … Continue reading
I had a great week of gigs in Chicago earlier this month. It was so nice to be back in my former home city and to see old friends and to make new ones. One of the best things about … Continue reading
As a pianist, I’ve entered a fair share of music competitions. Some were in junior high and high school, on both piano and flute; some were college auditions. Some were professional: in 2002, I won the Great American Jazz Piano … Continue reading
My birthday is coming up on March 20. It’s a date that I share with other piano luminaries including Harold Mabern, Larry Harlow, and Marian McPartland. In 2003, I recorded a Piano Jazz episode with Marian that occurred just days before … Continue reading
Tomorrow is my final day of immersion in the world of music-theater at New Dramatists, a New York institution that offers many practical resources to emerging playwrights. 2015 marks the thirtieth year that New Dramatists has offered a Composer-Librettist Studio … Continue reading