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Illuminare Hagenberg

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 Translation

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

Upcoming Performances

Spring 2024

February 4: University of Camerino Cathedral Choir conducted by Luciano Feliciani, Castelraimondo MC, Italy

February 4: University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers, Aurora Voce, and Acoustic Theory with the Saskatoon                                Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Jennifer Lang, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

February 9: The Lotus Chorale conducted by Josh Wilson, Trenton, NJ

February 13: Bella Voce, Linn-Mar Singers, and Orchestra conducted by Sarah Anderson, Marion, IA

February 20: Kickapoo High School Choir & Orchestra conducted by Dr. Nathan Cornelius, Springfield, MO

February 23: Chicago Master Singers with the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. John Hughes,                                    Chicago, IL

February 23: Houston Christian University Schola Cantorum and University Singers and Orchestra conducted by Dr.                          Kevin Klotz, Houston, TX

February 24: Greenwich Choral Society and Vassar College Treble Chorus conducted by Dr. Christine Howlett,                                    Greenwich, CT

February 29: Oxford High School Choir and Orchestra conducted by Thomas Ardrey, Oxford, MS

March 5: Barrington High School Choir conducted by Brandon Pemberton, Barrington, IL

March 8: Arts District Chorale conducted by Blair King, Dallas, TX

March 9: Asheville Choral Society conducted by Dr. Melodie Galloway, Asheville, NC

March 9: Dallas Baptist University Grand Chorus conducted by Dr. Joshua Brown, Dallas, TX

March 10: Masterworks Chorale conducted by Kathy Bizarth & Dr. Ronnie Oliver, Newnan, GA

March 10: The Cherokee Chorale conducted by Scott Martin, Waleska, GA

March 16: Whatcom Chorale and Sinfonia conducted by Deborah Brown, Bellingham, WA

March 17: Grazer Keplerspatzen conducted by Ulrich Höhs, Graz, Austria

March 17: Richmond Choral Society conducted by Markus Compton, Richmond, VA

March 19: Intermountain Choral Artists & Symphony Orchestra, Springville HS Chamber Singers, and Maple Mountain                          HS Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Cory Mendenhall and Dr. Austin Thorpe, Salt Lake City, UT

March 22: Peninsula Cantare conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Palo Alto, CA 

March 24: First Christian Church of Orange conducted by Brian Dehn, Orange, CA

March 24: First Congregational Church conducted by Ben Gaughran, Ann Arbor, MI

March 24: St. John’s Chancel Choir conducted by Andrew Paulson, Lansdale, PA

March 24: The Sanctuary Choir of Market Square Church conducted by Tyler Canonico, Harrisburg, PA

March 28: Federated UCC Choir conducted by Joshua Konow, Chagrin Falls, OH

March 28: Higley High School Choir conducted by Robert DeCoste, Gilbert, AZ

March 29: First Presbyterian, First Baptist, Main Street Methodist, Rock Presbyterian, St. Mark Methodist, Immanuel                                 Lutheran, and Our Lady of Lourdes conducted by Steven Skinner, Greenwood, SC

March 31: University Congregational Church Chancel Choir conducted by Dr. Ryan Beeken, Wichita, KS

April 6: Carnegie Hall with National Concerts conducted by Bruce Rogers, New York, NY

April 7: Moore County Choral Society conducted by Anne Dorsey, Southern Pines, NC

April 7: University of Camerino Cathedral Choir conducted by Luciano Feliciani, Recanati, Italy

April 12: Dedham Choral Society conducted by Jonathan Barnhart, Dedham, MA

April 13: Carnegie Hall with MidAmerican Productions conducted by Dr. Beth Wilson, New York, NY

April 14: Springfield Mid America Singers conducted by Tom Matrone, Springfield, MO

April 15: Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions conducted by Dr. Ronnie Oliver, Jr., New York, NY

April 19: Lake Nona High School Singers with the Bach Festival Orchestra conducted by Justin Chase, Winter Park, FL

April 20: Jackson Choral Society conducted by Zach Young, Jackson, TN

April 20: St. Lawrence Choral Society conducted by Dr. Jason Bishop, Canton, NY

April 20 & 21: Wausau Lyric Choir conducted by Carla Dul, Wausau, WI

April 21: Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota conducted by Garrett Lathe, St. Cloud, MN

April 24: Cairns Choral Society conducted by Joanne Wright, Queensland, Australia

April 26: Loyola Marymount University conducted by John Flaherty, Los Angeles, CA

April 26-27: Rocky Mountain Chorale conducted by Jimmy Howe, Boulder, CO

April 28: Achill Choral Society conducted by Shawn Grenke, Ontario, Canada

April 28: Fresno Master Chorale conducted by Dr. Anna Hamre, Clovis, CA

April 28: Greenville Choral Society and New Carolina Sinfonia conducted by Dr. Andrew Roby, Greenville, NC

April 28: Temecula Valley Master Chorale conducted by David Wells, Temecula, CA

May 4 & 5: Oxford Civic Chorus conducted by Debra Atkinson & Creighton Holder, Oxford, MS

May 4 & 5: Rocky Mountain Chorale conducted by Jimmy Howe, Boulder, CO

May 4 & 11: Evangelical Presbyterian Church & Wilmington Christian School conducted by Higo Rodrigues, Newark, DE

May 5: Christ Church Episcopal Choir conducted by Keith Tan, Glen Allen, VA

May 5: Eglinton St. George’s United Church Choir conducted by Shawn Grenke, Toronto, Canada

May 5: The Bay Area Chorus of Greater Houston conducted by Barry Talley, Houston, TX

May 16: YPAS Choir conducted by Jacob Cook, Louisville, KY

May 18: Mission Peak Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Corie Brown, Fremont, CA

May 19: The Willimantic Orchestra and Consonare Community Choir conducted by Scott Chaurette, Willimantic, CT

May 19: Westchester Choral Society conducted by David Baranowski, Rye, NY

May 19 & 22: Singers Companye conducted by Dr. Samuel Gordon, Akron, OH

May 25: Carnegie Hall with MidAmerican Productions conducted by Dr. Andrew Roby, New York, NY

May 25, June 2, 22, & 23: Choeur Muzaïque conducted by Gaël Florens, Avignon, France

June 1: Kantorei Choral Society conducted by John Morgan, Calgary, AB, Canada

June 1: Lake Grove Presbyterian Church conducted by Wendy Bamonte, Lake Oswego, OR

June 1: University of Saskatchewan’s Greystone Singers and Aurora Voce with Acoustic Theory conducted by Dr.                                 Jennifer Lang, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

June 9: Opus 24 conducted by Ted Hesse, Decatur, IL

June 16: Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences Choir and Kammerensemble Konsonanz conducted                       by Mikolaj Kapala, Bremen, Germany

June 23: Perform International Festival Chorus conducted by Dr. Gene Peterson, Assisi, Italy

denotes a premiere performance in a new US state or country

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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