It’s a Long Way (2020)

SATB choir. 2 1/2 mins.

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World Premiere recording by Skylark Vocal Ensemble.

Performance by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Southeastern District (SEMMEA) Senior Festival Choir of 2021.

Commissioned by Skylark Vocal Ensemble.

Perusal Score

Score is available for purchase. Please direct inquiries to Nell Shaw Cohen at nell@nellshawcohen.com.

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Dear Mrs. Carr (2015)

Tenor and piano. 5 mins.


Written for American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice fellowship. While working and living in Yosemite National Park during the late 19th century, the preservationist and naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) wrote many letters to his mentor, Jeanne Carr. These letters form the basis of this song’s text. Continue reading “Dear Mrs. Carr (2015)”