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Illuminare is Elaine’s first extended work, consisting of five movements for SATB chorus and chamber orchestra. Using lesser-known sacred Latin, Greek, and English texts, the piece takes us through a season of beauty and goodness that has been disrupted by darkness and confusion. But as Light gradually returns, hope is restored, illuminating our future and guiding us in peace.

Duration: 24 minutes

Chamber Orchestra Instrumentation:

flute, oboe, horn in F (2)

percussion (2), piano


Strings and Percussion Instrumentation:

percussion (2), piano

strings ( min.)

SATB Chorus and Piano accompaniment

Texts and Translations


St. Ambrose (340-397)

Splendor paternae gloriae,

de luce lucem proferens,

lux lucis et fons luminis,

diem dies illuminans.

Splendor of God's glory,
brings forth light from light,
light of light, light's living spring,

Day, all days illuminates.


Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Caritas abundat in omnia,

de imis excellentissima

super sidera,
atque amantissima in omnia,

Quia summo regi

osculum pacis dedit.

Love abounds in all,
from the depths most excellent

to beyond the stars,
and loving toward all,
she has given the highest king

the kiss of peace.

3. NOX​

traditional Greek

Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348-413)

Nox et tenebrae et nubila,

confusa mundi et turbida

Caligo terrae scinditur

percussa solis spiculo

Night and darkness and fog,

confused world and turmoil

dark gloom tears the earth

beats and stabs the sun


Pope Gregory (540-604)

Ecce jam noctis tenuatur umbra,

Lux et auroræ rutilans coruscat: Supplices rerum Dominum canora Voce precemur:

Ut reos culpæ miseratus, omnem Pellat angorem, tribuat salutem,

Donet et nobis bona sempiternae Munera pacis.

Behold, already night and shadows taper off

Light and dawn sparkle and quiver
We humbly beg the Lord through song
Our voices pray:

Though we are guilty, view us with compassion Banish anguish, bestow health
Grant us everlasting goodness
Give us peace.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Canticle of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79)

Illuminare his qui in tenebris
et in umbra mortis sedent:
ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis.

Illuminate those in darkness
and in the shadow of death sit
direct our footpath in the way of peace.

Upcoming Performances in 2022-23

October 11: Upper St. Clair High School conducted by Lorraine Milovac, Pittsburgh, PA

October 15: newVoices conducted by Dr. Phillip Swan, Appleton, WI

October 28: General Assembly for World Reformed Fellowship conducted by Karen Roberts, Orlando, FL

November 19: Belfast Philharmonic Society conducted by Christopher Bell, Northern Ireland

November 20: Voces Novae conducted by Angela Hampton, Louisville, KY

November 20: Cantate Singers conducted by Laurel Labbe, Wooster, Ohio

November 20: B. Reed Henderson High School Chamber Choir conducted by Jonathan Kraemer, Paoli, PA

November 30 & Dec. 6: Bell High School and Orchestra conducted by Mark Chandler, Bedford, TX

December 1: VanderCook Concert Choir conducted by Dr. Robert Sinclair, Chicago, IL

December 2: North East Tarrant County Orchestra and Bell HS conducted by Thomas A. Connely, Hurst, TX

December 2-4: Cantus Novus conducted by W. Edward McCall, Newtown, PA

December 4: Masterwork Chorale conducted by Brian Lustig, San Diego, CA

December 4-5: Eastern Shore Choral Society conducted by Mary Katherine Kilgore, Fairhope, AL

December 10-11: Monadnock Chorus conducted by Morgan Bothwell, Peterborough, NH

December 11: Village Voices conducted by Shirley Madden, Ontario, Canada

December 18: First United Methodist Church, conducted by Dr. Patrick Evans, Birmingham, AL

January 20-21: Clermont Chorale conducted by Tracy Carpenter, Cincinnati, OH

January 22: Rye Country Day School Festival Chorus, conducted by Mary Marcell, Rye, NY

February 8: Manhasset HS Symphonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Jared Berry, Manhasset, NY

February 11-12: Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra conducted by Dr. John V. Sinclair, Winter Park, FL

February 13: California Baptist University conducted by Dr. Gene Peterson, Riverside, CA

February 17: Westminster Conservatory Community Chorus conducted by Alicia N. Brozovich, Princeton, NJ

March 3: Walsh University Chorale conducted by Dr. Britt Cooper, North Canton, OH

March 5:  Valley Chamber Chorale conducted by Daryl Timmer, Stillwater, MN

March 11: Vienna Choral Society conducted by Mike Horanski, Vienna, VA

March 13: Carnegie Hall premiere conducted by Dr. James Rodde, New York City, NY

March 17: BCMEA High School Choir conducted by Alicia N. Brozovich, Langhorne, PA

March 17, 19, 21: Nova Singers conducted by Chuck Stanley, Boynton Beach, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, FL

March 19: Babylon Chorale conducted by Jared Berry, Bayshore, NY

March 21: William Henry Harrison High School conducted by Samantha Wagner, West Lafayette, IN

March 26: Southwestern Music Festival conducted by Jonathan Wall, Dallas, TX

April 2: Church by the Sea conducted by Harold Dioquino, Bal Harbour, FL

April 2: Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers conducted by Shannon Arnold, Bonita Springs, FL

April 22: Lancaster First Presbyterian Church Omnis Choir and Logan HS Chamber Singers conducted by John 

McClain, Lancaster, OH

April 22: University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale conducted by Dr. Brian Murray, Laramie, WY

April 22-23: Anderson University Choirs & Anderson Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Dr. Theodore Hicks,                       Anderson, IN

April 23: First United Methodist Church conducted by Dana Effler, Dallas, TX

April 23: Louisiana Choral Foundation conducted by Dr. Darryl Jones, Lake Charles, LA

April 27: Wellington High School conducted by Bradford Chase, Wellington, FL

April 28: St. Norbert College conducted by Dr. Sarah Sjolie Parks, De Pere, WI

April 29-30: Lebanon Valley College Choir conducted by Tyler A. Canonico, Annville, PA

April 30: Tennessee Tech University Chorale and Cookeville Mastersingers

                  conducted by Dr. Craig Zamer, Cookeville, TN

April 30: The Congregational Church UCC conducted by Dr. Christopher Nakielski, Iowa City, IA

May 4: University of Nebraska - Omaha conducted by Dr. Derrick Fox, Omaha, NE

May 5: Fremont Christian School conducted by Joseph Castro, Fremont, CA 

May 7: Omaha Symphonic Chorus and Bellevue West High Singers conducted by Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett,

                  Omaha, NE

May 13: Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and Orchestra conducted by Grant Farmer, Boise, ID

May 21: Chapelwood United Methodist Church conducted by Cameron Cody, Houston, TX

June 2 & 4: Ensemble vocal Le Tourdion conducted by Florence Grandclément, Dole, France

June 4: First Community Church conducted by Amy Johnston Blosser and C. Andrew Blosser, Columbus, OH

June 4: Pilgrim Congregational Church conducted by Susan Winckler, Pomona, CA

June 21: Vox Anima London and Arlington Master Chorale conducted by Randy Jordan, London, England

June 26-27: Grant Park Music Festival Chorus conducted by Christopher Bell, Chicago, IL

Commissioning Consortium Members

Arlington Master Chorale  conducted by Randy Jordan, Arlington, TX

Festival Singers of Florida conducted by Dr. Kevin Fenton, Lakeland, FL

University of Portland conducted by Dr. David De Lyser, Portland, OR

Des Moines Choral Society conducted by Dr. James Rodde, Des Moines, IA

newVoices Choir conducted by Dr. Phillip Swan, Appleton, WI

Cherry Creek Chorale conducted by Brian Leatherman, Cherry Hills Village, CO

Chorale Midwest conducted by Dr. Bradley Barrett, Cedar Rapids, IA

Two Rivers Chorale conducted by Timothy Sawyer, St. Paul, MN

Master Singers conducted by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, Eau Claire, WI

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