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Tell Me Again How To Mix Light – SATB choir & chamber orchestra [ - + strings] (2024)

Fight & Flight – orchestra [ - + 2 perc & strings] (2022)




Fight & Flight - piano trio (2022)

CARDIOID (the heart's curve) - contralto & piano (2022)

Imagined Shapes - cello & piano (2022)

Fire + Light - cello & piano (2022)

This Moment Will Not Stop - flute, bass clarinet, & piano (2021)

A Dream [Within a Dream] (Within a Dream) - 2 pianos, 4 hands (2021)

That Star is Awake - piano & percussion (2021)

when the warmth is infinite. - soprano, piano, fixed audio & video (2021)

Relentless - piano duet (2020)

Fireflies & Revolution - string quartet (2020)


Breathe In, Breathe Out - 2 pianos, 4 hands (2020)

TIME - jazz chart for keyboard and duo voice (2015)

Reverberations - choral theatre with cello and piano (2013)


Insights - solo piano (2023)

Silver Light - solo piano (2021)

THE PULL for solo piano, pre-recorded audio, video, and poetry (In progress)

  • lean (2020)

  • take a deep breath. (2020)

  • Stepping (2021)

Ballades - solo piano (In progress)

Run - solo cello (2021)

(Just) Play - solo piano (2020)

Refuge - solo piano (2020)

I Would Live In Your Love - solo piano (2020)

Cadenza for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, I. Allegro con brio - solo piano (2020)

Savasana 1 - "Broken" and Savasana 2 - "Solid" (2018)

The Arrow of Time - solo piano (2015)


Inheritance - SATB choir & piano (2024)

Tell Me Again How To Mix Light – SATB choir & piano (Arranged from choir & chamber orchestra [ - + strings]) (2024)

Where light is possible - SATB choir (2022)

Life in the Time of Warming - SATB choir & fixed audio (2021)

O littlest hands and dearest - SATB choir (2021)

For whales - SATB choir & pre-recorded track (2021)

Blizzard - SATB choir & pre-recorded track (2020)

Unimagined Light - SATB choir & pre-recorded track (2020)

Between the alleys of the stars. - SATB choir (2020)

Room to see the sky - SATB choir & piano (2020)

Coastline - Treble choir with piano (2019)

Those Little Pins of Light (Lullaby Trilogy, Part I) - SATB choir with piano (2019)

LIGHT UP (Lullaby Trilogy, Part II) - Treble choir with piano (2019)

All the love that lies beneath (Lullaby Trilogy, Part III) - SATB choir (2020)

Bloom - SAB choir (2019)

White in the moon the long road lies - SATB choir (2018)

Too solemn for day, too sweet for night - SATB choir (2018)

Blondin - SATB choir (2017)

Rubies - SSAA choir (2011, revised 2017)

In the Train - TTBB choir and piano (2017)

Wandrers Nachtlied - SATB choir (2015)

So, good night, with lullaby - SATB choir (2015)

Time’s Small Space - SATB choir & piano (2015)

My Name is Olemaun Pokiak - SSSAAA choir (2015)

Wind. - SSAATTBB choir (2011)

Then Shall I Leap Into Love - SSAATTBB choir (2011)

we want to smile. - SSAATB choir (2011)

Music - SATB choir (2010)


The Uninhabitable Earth
Life in the Time of Warming


for SATB choir and fixed audio | 13 minutes

Created with Matthew Gwathmey as part of the Amadeus Choir of Toronto's 2021 Choral Creation Lab.

10-part choral oratorio.

From Matthew:

“Life in the Time of Warming” is a poem that derives its inspiration from the book The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. Quite simply, you will not be the same after you read this book about the consequences of global warming. We are just starting to see these consequences; we are living in the time of warming. The names of the three parts share the same names of the first three parts of Wells’s book.

“Cascades” brings up the idea of feedback loops. If x happens, then y happens. If y happens, then z happens. If z happens, that makes x worse, which in turn makes y worse, which in turn makes z worse. Etc., etc.


“Elements” focuses on the effects of climate change across different environments.


“Kaleidoscope” is the way we view global warming, watching the changing patterns of rotating colors without fully understanding their significance.

Special thanks to Marilyn Dumont for reading parts of the poem."
-Matthew Gwathmey

when the warmth is infinite
when the warmth is infinite


for soprano, piano, fixed audio & video | 14 minutes

Created with Nicole Ross as part of Lucky Penny Opera's 48-Hour Opera Project on January 23rd & 24th, 2021. 

Virtual video premiere watch party on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at 6PM PST.

That Star is Awake



for piano and percussion

A piece created for the SHHH!! Ensemble to be premiered in 2022.

That Star is Awake
O littlest hands and dearest
O littlest hands and dearest


SATB choir | 5 minutes

An adaptable setting of Canadian poet Norah M. Holland's poem of the same name. Created to be performed virtually, in-person, or a combination of the two.

O Littlest Hands and Dearest

Norah M. Holland (1876-1925)

O littlest hands and dearest,
    O golden heads and bright,
From out what dear dream country
    Come you to me to-night?
For through the shadows falling
I hear your voices calling
Out of the magic spaces
    Of infinite delight.

I see your curls a-glimmer,
    I see your dear eyes shine,
I feel the childish fingers
    Slipped softly into mine;
You bring me back the May-time,
The old, delightful play-time
When all the world was laughter
    And life seemed half divine.

Thus, from the shades that gather
    Around my path to-night
Your glad child-hands have drawn me
    Back to your lands of light,
Giving me for my sadness
The medicine of your gladness,
O littlest hands and dearest,
    O golden heads and bright.

For whales
For whales


SATB choir and pre-recorded track | 6 minutes

Created with poet Jessica Hiemstra as part of the Amadeus Choir's 2020-2021 Choral Creation Lab Residency.

To be workshopped and premiered in early 2021.



SATB choir and pre-recorded track | 4 minutes

Created with poet Genova (Julie Scrivener) as part of the Amadeus Choir's 2020-2021 Choral Creation Lab Residency.

To be workshopped and premiered in early 2021.

(Just) Play
(Just) Play


solo piano | 6 minutes

A recorded improvisation, and the 4th track on Edward's debut EP "Refuge" to be released in February 2021.

Unimagined Light
Unimagined Light



for SATB choir and pre-recorded track | 4 minutes

Designed to be performed remotely online, or in-person.

Winning piece in the Canadian Chamber Choir's 2020 Composition Competition.

To be premiered virtually by the Canadian Chamber Choir at 9PM EST here.


Setting of the poem "As Day Begins to Wane" by Canadian musician, poet, and writer, Helena Coleman.


As Day Begins To Wane

Helena Coleman (1860-1953)


Encompassed by a thousand nameless fears,

I see life's little day begin to wane,

And hear the well-loved voices call in vain

Across the narrowing margin of my years;

And as the Valley of the Shadow nears,

Such yearning tides of tenderness and pain

Sweep over me that I can scarce restrain

The gathering flood of ineffectual tears.


Yet there are moments when the shadows bring
No sense of parting or approaching night,
But, rather, all my soul seems broadening
Before the dawn of unimagined light–
As if within the heart a folded wing
Were making ready for a wider flight.

Fireflies & Revolution


for string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) | 6 minutes

This piece was written over a week half-way through the year 2020 and in the midst of the COVID-19 world pandemic. The title presents two connected ideas:

1) “Fireflies”: Like many other musicians, for me the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in cancelled performances, isolation, and a sense of complete uncertainty regarding the future. My creative energy suffered, resulting in feelings of helplessness and unease. After a period of time and some deep personal reflection, I began to create again and build on the smallest of ideas. I later explained this to a friend and colleague as searching in the dark for fireflies. As a firefly glimmers, you can see the way – and you then wait for each successive glimmer to regain your direction and sense of purpose.

2) “Revolution”: The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, in the USA ignited a worldwide movement – a movement which has been underway for decades (centuries), but which has just recently penetrated deeper into the social conscience. The lack of creative direction I described above was also a result of my reflection and
education about my white, male privilege. It resulted in a feeling that nothing I create matters, especially at the moment. This was not a feeling of self-pity, and certainly not a refocusing of the narrative towards myself, but rather a reckoning with the unjust society which was built with dominating white privilege and deeply entrenched racism.

This is a system I have benefitted from at the expense of others and it is a deeply unjust system which is in need of reform.

Racism runs deep in every aspect of societal life and I am building all future projects in an anti-racist way. It is crucial to listen, read, and create space for Black voices, and also to continue to learn, reflect, speak out, and rebuild the systems all around us. My creation of this piece was an outlet and a reflection on these ideas as I seek to be a tangible part of change and racial justice.

The amplifying of Black voices and BIPOC voices is crucial. Here are just a few:
Rachel Cargle:
Ijeoma Oluo:
The Conscious Kid:
From Privilege to Progress:

All fees received by the composer from the publication of this work will be donated to the following organizations. The composer also encourages a proportional percentage of performance fees be donated as well. (For questions:
Black Lives Matter:
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP):
Anti Racism Fund:
Black Table Arts:
The Bail Project:

Between the alleys of the stars.
Between the alleys of the stars.


SATB choir | 5 minutes


By Lola Ridge (1873-1941)


The earth is motionless

And poised in space…

A great bird resting in its flight

Between the alleys of the stars.

It is the wind's hour off….

The wind has nestled down among the corn….

The two speak privately together,

Awaiting the whirr of wings.


"The stillness and absence of movement in this text was the feature which first captured my attention. The single frozen moment which is so vivid in this poem is a contained and life-filled example of the beauty and magic of which our world is full. With a nod to the stars and Earth's place among them, this poem explores the beautiful and immense complexity of our planet through this isolated moment. With great anticipation of activity and change, this brief poem also vividly reveals our place in the world and our experience within it all.

My initial intent was for this piece to be a joyful celebration of the remarkable world in which we live, but as I spent more time thinking about the condition of Earth and its perilous direction, more pain and sadness found its way into the music. What we are left with is both an awe-filled celebration of Earth and a painful reflection on its deteriorating state. Eventually, I found that words failed me for it all - the awe-filled wonder, the earnest sadness, the appreciation, and the feeling of connection.

So it is also in this piece. As the words end, the music continues on to express that which words cannot. Our connectivity to the earth is crucial in our care of it. Acknowledging and admiring the sheer magnificence of our world inspires love and hope. This in turn inspires action to preserve and care for this planet which we call home. "

-The composer (May 28th, 2020)



Solo piano | 2 minutes

A brief piece for solo piano inspired by Sara Teasdale's poem of the same name, created at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was premiered by Adam Sherkin and Megan Thibeault as part of ICOT's 2020 Call for Scores in July 2020.

Interlude: Songs Out Of Sorrow
By Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
VII. Refuge

From my spirit's gray defeat,
From my pulse's flagging beat,
From my hopes that turned to sand
Sifting through my close-clenched hand,
From my own fault's slavery,
If I can sing, I still am free.

For with my singing I can make
A refuge for my spirit's sake,
A house of shining words, to be
My fragile immortality.

I Would Live In Your Love
I Would Live In Your Love


Solo piano | 3 minutes | Private Commission

A seductive tango for solo piano with Sara Teasdale's poem "I Would Live In Your Love" used as inspiration.

I Would Live In Your Love
By Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea,
Borne up by each wave as it passes, drawn down by each wave that recedes;
I would empty my soul of the dreams that have gathered in me,
I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul as it leads.

Breathe In, Breathe Out


2 pianos, 4 hands | 8 minutes

Created in April/May 2020 during the worldwide

COVID-19 pandemic, in isolation in Montreal.

As an outlet for anxious and restless energy, I sought to create a piece which I could play and record with myself from home. When I was asked why I was writing this, my response was:

"I have spent a great deal of my life as a composer looking at others' work and, to a certain extent, writing what I felt I should be writing. This was my chance to write exactly what I wanted and to be completely in control of the whole process while only being limited by my abilities as a pianist. It ended up being a cathartic experience in an uncertain and tense time." 

breathe in, breathe out
Cadenza 1

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

I. Allegro con brio



Solo piano | 4 minutes

A cadenza for the first movement of Beethoven's 1st piano concerto largely derived from the thematic content in the first movement. 

Premiere scheduled for the Grand Celebration of the Piano opening concert of Piano Day Montréal 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Room to see the sky
Room to see the sky


SATB choir and piano

A sprawling, soaring setting of the poem "Leaves" by Sara Teasdale.


Leaves (1915)

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

One by one, like leaves from a tree
All my faiths have forsaken me;
But the stars above my head
Burn in white and delicate red,
And beneath my feet the earth
Brings the sturdy grass to birth.
I who was content to be
But a silken-singing tree,
But a rustle of delight
In the wistful heart of night—
I have lost the leaves that knew
Touch of rain and weight of dew.
Blinded by a leafy crown
I looked neither up nor down—
But the little leaves that die
Have left me room to see the sky;
Now for the first time I know
Stars above and earth below.

The Lullaby Trilogy
Those Little Pins of Light
The Lullaby Trilogy


I. Those Little Pins of Light

SATB choir and piano | Original text and music | 5 minutes

"This poem and tune were both inspired by the late-night and early-morning nonsense songs I sang to my baby daughter in her first few months of life. Although those songs and words were admittedly much sillier than this particular one, the general sentiment is the same: an easily sing-able melody with a folk-like quality inspired by the music of Nova Scotia and the East Coast with soothing words which will eventually comfort a little baby girl who cannot yet understand them."


Those Little Pins of Light

Edward Enman | 2018


Floating away and shining across,

Stars keep on watching long after loss.

Long after day and long after love,

Reaching with light from far up above.

Loo-loo-la-loo, loo-loo-la-loo,

Loo-la-loo, loo-la-loo, loo-loo-la-loo.

Sleep until morning, sleep through the night,

Follow the stars and all will be bright.


Fly away high and fly away far,

Fly away dancing from star to star.

Even in darkness you'll always be

Off on your own, now solo and free.

Loo-loo-la-loo, loo-loo-la-loo,

Loo-la-loo, loo-la-loo, loo-loo-la-loo.

Sleep until morning, sleep through the night,

Follow the stars and all will be bright.


Over and all around you will find

Pins of light shining through your whole mind.

Through ev'ry sight and through ev'ry sound,

Lifting and pushing you up with a bound.

Lighting your thoughts and showing your dreams,

Light is much warmer and full than it seems.

Circling and growing without the ends,

Closer than close, pins of light are your friends.


Floating above and shining across,

Stars keep on watching long after loss.

Long after day and long after love,

Reaching with light from far up above.

Loo-loo-la-loo, loo-loo-la-loo,

Loo-la-loo, loo-la-loo, loo-loo-la-loo.

Sleep until morning, sleep through the night,

Follow the stars and all will be bright.


Treble choir with piano | Original text | 4 minutes



Edward Enman | 2019


In the air, I will send a breath of light up high

     And push it past the sunlit day to play among the stars.

          Listen closely, hear the moving wind that flies to you –

               Light up, I will lead you all along the way.

     Light up.


Have you wondered in the dark of where the light has gone?

     Or do you look for quiet places hiding under day?

          In the night or with the sun, you can always shine –

               Light up, light up, light up,

                    Light up, light up, light up,

                         Light up,                    light up,

                              Light up, light up,

                                                                  Light up.

All the love that lies beneath
III. All the love that lies beneath

Winner of the Chronos Vocal Ensemble's 2022 Composition Competition

SATB choir | Original text | 5 minutes


All the love that lies beneath

Edward Enman | 2019


Leading, moving t’ward the end,

Warmly show and freely send

     All the love that lies beneath.


Hide the day in mem’ries deep

And keep all openness in sleep.

     Find the love that lies beneath.


When all lights in towers dim,

Hold the lamp, strong from within.

     Share the love that lies beneath.


Breathing softly, list’ning near,

Seek a shadow’s sound to hear,

     Travel closely without need

     And reach your heart to those who bleed.

          Take the peace you strive to grow

          And build a wind with which to blow - All the love that lies beneath,

               All the love that lies beneath,

                    All the love that lies beneath.



(In progress)

Solo piano, electro-acoustic, multi-media

60 minutes

THE PULL - "The seed of this project is human longing. That pull from without rather than the push from within. This can take on many different forms on many different levels both conscious and subconscious. THE PULL is that image or smell or sound or person or place or reactive sensation that draws a yearning or a pining from us. From a baby seeing a parent and being completely overtaken by the desire to be held by them, to a person longing for their place of childhood through the pathway of memories. From the satisfaction of simply being near someone and the pining for that when apart. Endless possibilities and personal interpretations exist of THE PULL. It's a core feeling (or feelings) which can be at the same time warmly comfortable and deeply unsettling."


THE PULL is a full-length show for solo pianist which features electro-acoustic elements, spoken word, extended techniques, lighting & staging. A larger work comprised of smaller segments, Edward has commissioned writer/poet/pianist Mado Christie to write poems on the theme - texts which will be incorporated into the show and "set" to solo piano.

Poems from Mado Christie:

"I would like to know you"



"We are trying again"



SAB choir | Original text | 6 minutes

Commissioned by the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs for their 30th anniversary season and premiered on May 25th, 2019 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.



Edward Enman | 2019

With our minds and with our might,

Moving onward past the night,

We will bloom.


Staying steady, keeping full,

Always sure to stretch and pull,

We will bloom.


Leading from the light within

Toward the fire, noise, and din,

We will bloom.


Bringing that which we hold dear

All through the dark, against the fear,

We will bloom.


Each of us, alone, will be

A force to fill all those who see,

And as the hope within us grows,

Our voice will sound what our heart shows.

Believe our words which float above

With all our strength and all our love,

We will bloom.

We will bloom.


for solo piano

(In progress)

A set of five Ballades for solo piano, these are programmatic instrumental works inspired by, and structured on, original poems by Canadian poets, written for the immersive show THE PULL for solo piano and multimedia. As character pieces, each Ballade presents its own individual character and musical construction with certain thematic and rhythmic elements uniting each piece into the larger group.

To be work-shopped in 2020 with the premiere tour to take place in 2021.



Treble choir with piano | 6 minutes

The Coastline Medley is an arrangement of Nova Scotian folk-songs which was commissioned by the Coastline Singers for their 10th Anniversary Season. The collection of traditional tunes features "The Chezzetcook Song", "I Will Give My Love An Apple", and "Farewell to Nova Scotia", all which originated on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

To be premiered by the Coastline Singers in the fall of 2020 in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Shavasana Pieces
Savasana Pieces


Two 5 minute works for recorded piano and electronics for the traditional Savasana at the finale of a yoga session.

Too solemn for day, too sweet fr night
Too solemn for day, too sweet for night


SATB choir | 5 minutes

This piece is for mixed-voice choir and is a setting of the brief, yet stunning poem by William Sydney Walker (1795-1846):


"TOO solemn for day, too sweet for night,

Come not in darkness, come not in light;

But come in some twilight interim,

When the gloom is soft, and the light is dim."



SATB choir | 5 minutes

A setting of Walter de la Mare's text of the same title on the subject of Jean François Gravelet (1824-1897), better known as Charles Blondin, who was a French tightrope walker and acrobat whose tightrope walks across Niagara Falls made him famous particularly in North America.



Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)


WITH clinging dainty catlike tread,
His pole in balance, hand to hand,
And, softly smiling, into space
He ventures on that threadlike strand.

Above him is the enormous sky,
Beneath, a frenzied torrent roars,
Surging where massed Niagara
Its snow-formed arc of water pours:

But he, with eye serene as his
Who sits in daydream by the fire,
His every sinew, bone and nerve
Obedient to his least desire,

Treads softly on, with light-drawn breath,
Each inch-long toe, precisely pat,
In inward trust, past wit to probe
This death-defying acrobat!...

Like some Old Saint on his old rope-bridged,
Between another world and this,
Dead-calm 'mid inward vortices,
Where little else but danger is.

In the Train
In the Train


TTBB choir with piano | 6 minutes

A setting for treble choir of James Thompson's "In the Train". The rhythmically flowing and driving piano part allows the voices to soar above in this increasingly exciting 5 minutes.

Arrangements by the composer also for SATB choir with piano and SSAA choir with piano.

In the Train

James Thomson (1834-1882)


As we rush, as we rush in the Train,

     The trees and the houses go wheeling back,

But the starry heavens above the plain

     Come flying on our track.


All the beautiful stars of the sky,

     The silver doves of the forest of Night,

Over the dull earth swarm and fly,

     Companions of our flight.


We will rush ever on without fear;

     Let the goal be far, the flight be fleet!

For we carry the Heavens with us, dear,

     While the earth slips from our feet!

White in the moon the long road lies
White in the moon the long road lies


SATB choir | 5 minutes

A  setting of the text of the same name in part XXXVI of A.E. Housman's "A Shropshire Lad". 


White in the Moon (1896)

A.E. Housman (1859-1936)


White in the moon the long road lies,

     The moon stands blank above;

White in the moon the long road lies

     That leads me from my love.


Still hangs the hedge without a gust,

     Still, still the shadows stay:

My feet upon the moonlit dust

     Pursue the ceaseless way.


The world is round, so travellers tell,

     And straight though reach the track,

Trudge on, trudge on, 'twill all be well,

     The way will guide one back.


But ere the circle homeward hies

     Far, far must it remove:

White in the moon the long road lies

     That leads me from my love.

The Arrow of Time
The Arrow of Time


Solo piano | 14 minutes

Continuous form with three subsections:

(The Arrow of Time)(Time and Space)(The Arrow of Time II)

Premiered by Everett Hopfner at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto on January 25th, 2016.

"This piece is a musical reflection of the period of inspired thought, which I experienced after delving into the writings of Dr. Stephen Hawking. Particularly, those of Hawking’s theories and descriptions regarding Time-Space and the Arrows of Time (of which Hawking delineates three types). Ideas involving time as a dimension, and our one-directional experience in it from past to future, were especially inspiring to the creative thought in this piece.

In three distinct but connected sections, this work is a continuous unravelling of musical ideas –ideas that are always aware of the passing of time and our conception of it. I encourage the listener to experience time as it shifts identities throughout the piece – in one moment ticking along, while in the next seemingly stretching and slowing down to an unusually slow state. This work was created on a base of inspired thought and I hope that it will in turn inspire creative and emboldened thoughts in the listener."

-Taken from the program notes for the premiere.

Wandrers Nachtlied
Wandrers Nachtlied


SATB choir

A setting of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Wandrers Nachtlied I. (German)


Wandrers Nachtlied I (1776)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Der du von dem Himmel bist,

Alles Leid und Schmerzen stillest,

Den, der doppelt elend ist,

Doppelt mit Erquickung füllest,

Ach, ich bin des Treibens müde!

Was soll all der Schmerz und Lust?

Süßer Friede,

Komm, ach komm in meine Brust.


Wanderer's Night Song (1776)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

English Translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Thou that from the heavens art,

Every pain and sorrow stillest,

And the doubly wretched heart

Doubly with refreshment fillest,

I am weary with contending!

Why this pain and desire?

Peace descending

Come, ah come into my breast!

My Name is Olemaun Pokiak
My Name is Olemaun Pokiak


SSSAAA choir | 8 minutes

The Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble has commissioned Edward Enman to write for a revisited presentation of Fatty Legs - a show which tells the story of Olemaun Pokiak leaving her home in the High Arctic to attend a residential school in Aklavik in Canada's North.

Premiered by Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble on a tour of Canada's East Coast in 2015 with tours of Ontario in 2017 and 2018. More information about Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble can be found here.

So, good night, with lullaby
So, good night, with lullaby



SATB choir


A setting of text from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.


A Midsummer Night's Dream (1596)

(Act 2, Scene 2)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


The Fairies Sing

You spotted snakes with double tongue,

   Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;

Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,

   Come not near our fairy queen.


   Philomel, with melody,

   Sing in our sweet lullaby;

Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:

      Never harm,

      Nor spell nor charm,

   Come our lovely lady nigh;

   So, good night, with lullaby.


Weaving spiders, come not here;

   Hence you long legg'd spinners, hence!

Beetles black, approach not near;

   Worm nor snail, do no offence.


   Philomel, with melody,

   Sing in our sweet lullaby;

Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:

      Never harm,

      Nor spell nor charm,

   Come our lovely lady nigh;

   So, good night, with lullaby.


      Hence, away! now all is well:

      One aloof stand sentinel.

Time's Small Space
Time's Small Space



SATB choir and piano


A setting of Day by Walter de la Mare

Winner of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation's 2015 National Composition Competition.


Score available for purchase from Renforth Music here.


Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)


Wherefore, then, up I went full soon

And gazed upon the stars and moon--

The soundless mansion of the night

Filled with a still and silent light:


And lo! night, stars and moon swept by,

And the great sun streamed up the sky,

Filling the air as with a sea

Of fiery-hued serenity.


Then turned I in, and cried, O soul,

Thank God thine eyes are clear and whole;

Thank God who hath with viewless heaven

Drenched this gross globe, the earth, and given,

In Time's small space, a heart that may

Hold in its span all night, all day!



Jazz chart for keyboard and duo voice

Original text and music.



A new choral theatre work with Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble, cello and piano.

Original material by Edward Enman and Claire Gallant.


(Premiered Friday, February 1st, 2013 - St. Matthews United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Subsequently performed on Sunday, April 7th, 2013, at the Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquidoboit, Nova Scotia).



SSAATTBB Choir | Original text | 6 minutes


Edward Enman | 2011


Thin, white threads stretch forth from nothing,
Filled with smoke and joined within.
Moving space, yet in space moving,
T’wards the end it does begin.

From the whispers of a child,
From a place night cannot see,
Wispy shadows show it hiding.
Shudd’ring leaves fight to be free.

High above, it throws itself to
Lie in water beyond sound and
After sleeping past a moment,
Launches upward, quickly ‘round.

Frantic movement turns to gazing,
Patiently it holds the air,
Only to be sent more freely,
Safe under the Mother’s care.


(2011, revised 2017)

SSAA Choir | 6 minutes

Text: "Rubies" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Premiered by Choeur Adleisia in Montréal, QC, 2017.

Score available for purchase from Renforth Music here.



Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

They brought me rubies from the mine,
And held them to the sun;
I said, they are drops of frozen wine
From Eden's vats that run.

I looked again,—I thought them hearts
Of friends to friends unknown;
Tides that should warm each neighboring life
Are locked in sparkling stone.

But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
To break enchanted ice,
And give love's scarlet tides to flow,—
When shall that sun arise?

Then Shall I Leap Into Love
Then Shall I Leap Into Love


SSAATTBB | 5 minutes

Setting of the text by Mechthild von Magdeburg

Premiered by the Halifax Camerata Singers, 2011.

Then Shall I Leap Into Love

Mechthild von Magdeburg (1207-1297)

English translation by Frank J. Tobin

I cannot dance, Lord, unless you lead me.

If you want me to leap with abandon,

You must intone the song.

Then shall I leap into love,

From love to knowledge,

From knowledge into enjoyment,

And from enjoyment beyond all human sensations.

There I want to remain, yet want also to circle higher still.

we want to smile.
we want to smile.


SSAATB choir | 5 minutes

we want to smile. is a piece inspired by hundreds of hours of witnessing how people live and interact with each other in many situations around the world. These scenes of human interaction took place in coffee shops, restaurants, and most importantly; airports. What was especially noticed was the suppression of overt emotionality by routine and familiarity. The presence of emotional states such as excitement, thoughtfulness, and happiness were all reduced to their lesser extremes. The original text began to formulate from the scenes of dull frustration as people waited for their boarding call, or for their morning coffee to arrive at their table.

Some of the statements in the text represent what people outwardly show (we want to give, we want to smile), while others represent a suppressed emotional element of many people (we want to feel, we want to forget, we want to imagine). These particular phrases may never be said or acted upon by these people, but are at the core of their lives. In a natural, forgiving, and encouraging social atmosphere, these statements would be said and experienced frequently with a focused energy that is absent in their present lives.



SATB Choir | 5 minutes

Finalist in the Vancouver Chamber Choir's, and the Canadian Chamber Choir's 2010 Composition Competitions.

Setting of the text by Walter de la Mare (Verses 1,2,4) and Edward Enman (Verse 3)


When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies.


When music sounds, out of the water rise
Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes,
Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face,
With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place.


When music sounds, I warm in gentlest of time
Soft and plush the moments through me climb,
Blind to the memories stretched forth near to break
As I so near to sleep, my leave do take.


When music sounds, all that I was I am
Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came;
And from Time’s woods break into distant song
The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.



piano, 4-hands | 7 minutes

Written in response to the relentless chain of events and worldwide
challenges in 2020, this piece also reflects the relentlessness of many
aspects of life which are challenging in “normal” times, and have been
even more challenging over the past few months:

The relentlessness of parenting, of struggles with mental health,
of work anxiety, of societal and racial inequality, of uncertainty,
of the climate crisis, among an endless list of others.

Less obvious at times, but more powerful is the presence of relentless
love, humanity, thoughtfulness, kindness, and hope - these are also
reflected in this piece.

Companion piece to breathe in, breathe out (2020) for 2 pianos, 4-hands



Solo cello | 5 minutes

Premiered by Kyle Pearl on December 5th, 2021 in Miami, FL, USA

Silver Light
Silver Light


Solo piano | 8 minutes

Fantasies on texts by Sara Teasdale

Premiered by Michelle Lynne on December 4th, 2021 in Heerlan, Netherlands

1. Refuge

2. Moon's Ending

3. There Will Come Soft Rains

4. Meadowlarks

A Dream [Within a Dream] (Within a Dream)
A Dream [Within a Dream] (Within a Dream)


2 pianos, 4 hands | 9 minutes

Will appear on the upcoming 2022 album, "Breathe In, Breathe Out", featuring original works for piano duo, piano duet, and cello with piano.

This Momet Will Not Stop
This Moment Will Not Stop


Flute, bass clarinet, & piano | 5 minutes

Imagined Shapes
Imagined Shapes


Cello & piano | 14 minutes

I. First

II. Inside

III. Beyond

IV. Night

V. Outside

VI. The Close

Will appear on the upcoming 2022 album, "Breathe In, Breathe Out", featuring original works for piano duo, piano duet, and cello with piano.

Fire + Light
Fire + Light


Cello & piano | 3 minutes

Will appear on the upcoming 2022 album, "Breathe In, Breathe Out", featuring original works for piano duo, piano duet, and cello with piano.

Where light is possible
Where light is possible


SATB choir | 4 minutes

Honourable Mention in Choral Canada's 2022 Competition for Choral Writing

Created in collaboration with poet Jessica Hiemstra, this setting of her poem "For whales" explores our relationship to our world and the other creatures with whom we share it.

From Jessica:

"'For whales' is a lament and a love song. I wrote it thinking about how I do not have the language to offer whales an apology for what humans have done to our oceans. Our debris makes it hard for them to hear one another. In this song, I try to apologize to whales, knowing this song won’t reach them." 

CARDOID (the heart's curve)
CARDIOID (the heart's curve)


Contralto & piano | 6 minutes

Created as part of the 2022 (Art) Song Lab

To be premiered June 26th-July 2nd, 2022 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Lynne McMurtry, contralto

Alison d'Amato, piano

A song cycle:

"While Waiting"

"Flower Pickers"

"Light and Shadow Beneath"

Program & Premiere Information

Fight & Fligh (Trio)
Fight & Flight


Piano trio (violin, cello, piano)| 5 minutes




Piano solo| 55 minutes

A 12-part continuous piano work recorded as a concept album by the same name.


Features improvisatory elements with repeated cycles, rhythmic grooves, and performer-led creative ideas.

I. Fly

II. Remember My Heart

III. Shadow Light

IV. On and On and On

V. If I Stay Silent Will I Disappear?

VI. Luminosity

VII. Be Still Even When You Are Not

VIII. Cloudburst

IX. Scratch

X. Questions vs. Answers

XI. Takk

XII. Looking Out the Window at the Sky

Score available soon.

Album available September 29th, 2023.





SATB choir & piano| 4 minutes

With this stunning poem from Canadian writer Marjorie Pickthall, I have sought to explore
the idea of home. Our personal idea of home can change through time, and we search for
home in places, people, experiences, shared customs, religion, relationships, humanity, and
connection with the earth.

Especially vivid in current world events is the loss of home. With the wars in Ukraine and Gaza,
among other conflicts around the world, millions of people are grieving the loss of their homes.
More locally to Canada, the housing crisis is forcing people to abandon the places and lifestyle
they had associated with home.

Within a technology-dominated culture, so many aspects of our lives have been taken over by
globalization and de-centralization. With this has brought a loss of intimate community, replaced by a mirage of virtual community. The global network can have value, but it cannot effectively replace the supportive and involved in-person relationships within which we grow and develop.

Musically in this piece, the piano and choir fill clear roles. The piano, representing the idea of
home or family, remains a constant for much of the piece. With slight variations throughout, it
provides a supportive and familiar progression which gives a comfortably predictable structure.
The voices serve as the journey with, and away from, home. Beginning gently in-sync with the
piano, the voices begin to pull and strain with the piano progression, resulting in a build and a

The final piano progression gives a changed version of the home progression. The voices then
take this re-imagined idea and carry it alone into the new, changed world.
We carry with us that which came before. People, places, memories, stories, ideas, family – they
all affect us. This is not to say that we inevitably become what came before us, but rather that
we carry some part of our past with us and re-imagine it in our own lives.

“Inheritance” [1917] (1922)
Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

Desolate strange sleep and wild
Came on me while yet a child;
I, before I tasted tears,
Knew the grief of all the years.

I, before I fronted pain,
Felt creation writhe and strain,
Sending ancient terrors through,
My small pulses, sweet and new.

I, before I learned how time
Robs all summers at their prime,
I, few seasons gone from birth,
Felt my body change to earth.

Tell Me Again How to Mix Light


SATB choir, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, strings (vl. I, vl. II, vla, vlc, cb)

(Forthcoming arrangement for SATB choir and piano)

12 minutes

For Laurence Ewashko & the Ewashko Singers.

In 5 parts

Texts by:
Jessica Hiemstra
Sophia Almon Hensley
Marjorie Pickthall
Agnes Maule Macha

Commissioned and premiered by the Ewashko Singers and Ottawa orchestral musicians, Ottawa, ON, Canada, March 2024.

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