Hope is a Thing with Feathers

A SSA div. & Piano accompaniment choral work

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Commissioned and Premiere recording by: Southern Methodist Univeristy’s Diva Dolce Choir (2018) 

Conducted by: Dr. Pamela Elrod Huffman

Premiere Date: November 29th, 2018