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Faith Is the Bird That Feels the Light

"Dove of Peace" by Christina Franks.
Used by permission of the artist.
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A soulfully inflected affirmation, with a dazzling final chord
Poet/Lyricist: 
Rabindranath Tagore

A soulful rendering of Rabindranath Tagore's poetic aphorism on faith, featuring a rich alto solo, jazz and blues inflections, and a dazzling final chord. An increasingly popular choice for festival and all-State choirs.

Everything about Ancora's performance of this song is breathtaking:

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From "Fireflies"

Aphorism by Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is the bird that feels the light
And sings when the dawn is still dark.

Composer's Note: 

When I began composing this song I didn't know how it would end; in fact, I thought it would be longer than it is. But after composing the first 10 bars of a recapitulation, I stumbled upon a surpringly and glorious 6 note chord, offering not resolution but possibility. I suddenly thought, “Good heavens, what if I stop right here?” After taking a few deep breaths, I drew a double bar line after what is one of my favorite endings of all time.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Just thought you might like to know how much my kids absolutely LOVE singing Faith Is the Bird.  They are singing it constantly and tell me they sing it all the time at home too.  We have had choir camp all this week, and they are just crazy about it."  - Joy Hirokawa, Bel Canto Children's Chorus (Red Hill, PA)

"Our vocal group sang through Faith is the Bird last night, and enjoyed it so much.  The lyric is so wonderful, the music a real joy to sing and hear." - Molly MacMillan, Scola Singers (Ithaca, NY)

"My chorus women have absolutely LOVED singing Faith Is the Bird.  It is such a well crafted piece. They sound great and they feel good when they sing it.  We talked about the artwork in yesterday's rehearsal.  Thank you for including the background information on it.  It meant so much more to know what was behind it."  Laura Sam, Choral Director, Governor's School (Raleigh, NC)

Performers: 

Unity Church Choir Women's Ensemble - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor (Saint Paul, MN)   * Premiere
Amherst Regional High School "Hurricane Singers" / Anita Cooper ~
     Gold Medal All Stars, Symphony Hall (Boston, MA)
Amherst College Women's Chorus / Mallorie Cherenin (Amherst, MA)
ANIMA Singers / Emily Ellsworth (Pretoria, George & Capetown, SOUTH AFRICA)
Battle Creek Girls Chorus / Meredith Bowen ~ Choir Tour of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Bel Canto Children's Choir / Joy Hirokawa (Pittsburgh, PA & Leipzig, GERMANY)
Bella Voce and Women's Ensemble of Acalanes High School / Bruce Lengacher (Lafayette, CA)
Bella Voce Singers / Jessica Corbin (Brooklyn, NY)
Carillon Women's Chorale /  Karen S Nevins (Ann Arbor, MI)
Choir of Camrose United Church / Darryl Dewalt (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville / Jason Shelton (Nashville, TN)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville / Ruth Lewis (Gainsville, FL)
Choir of Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington / Diana Munch (Farmington Hills, MI)
Choir of Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church / Beth Nakao Syverson (Costa Mesa, CA)
Choir of Community Church of Chapel Hill / Glenn Mehrbach (Chapel Hill, NC)
Ensemble Laude / Elizabeth MacIsaac (Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA)
Head-Royce High School Choir / Bob Wells (Oakland, CA)
Wisconsin High School Women’s All-State Choir /  Emily Ellsworth ~
     Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (Eau Claire, WI)
Hope College Women's Chamber Choir / Jennifer Wolfe (Holland, MI)
Jenny Lind Singers / Michael Zemek ~ Augustana College (Rock Island, IL)
"Microscope" Vocal Ensemble of Woodlands Academy / Kaitlin Donnelly (Lake Forest, IL)
Northwestern College Women's Chorale / Judy Lennartson ~ Northwestern College (Saint Paul, MN)
Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir  Nancy Menk (Guelph & Toronto, Ontario, CANADA)
SingersMarin "les étoiles" / Jan Pederson Schiff ~ World Choir Games (Cincinnati, OH & Graz, AUSTRIA)
Sloan Creek Middle School Choir of Fairview, Texas / Christina Chapman  ~
     ACDA National Conference (Dallas, TX)
Stoney Creek High School / Brandon Ulrich  (Fort Wayne, IN)
The Pickup Sticks of First Unitarian Church of Victoria / Kristina Stevens  (Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA)
University of Virginia Women's Chorus / Kae Renae Mitchell (Charlottesville, VA)
University of Michigan Women's Glee Club / Julie Skadsem ~ University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
University of North Carolina Women's Glee Club / Sue Klausmeyer (Durham, NC)
Visitation High School Choir / Rhonda Grundahl-Rexroth  (Mendota Heights, MN)
West Ottawa Select Women's Ensemble / Pamela Pierson ~ ACDA Central Division Conference (Fort Wayne, IN)
Westminster Women's Chorale / Natasia Cain ~ Westminster College (Fulton, MO)
Wright State University Women's Chorale / Drew Collins (Dayton, OH)
Young Naperville Singers Chamber Choir / Angie Johnson (Naperville, IL)

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