Niedmann wins international composition prize
Peter Niedmann won the Fyfe Prize in March, 2019 for his Praise Ye the Lord for SATB & organ. The Fyfe Prize is an annual choral composition competition administered by the Sewanee Church Music Conference. Composers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, the United States, and Wales submitted entries. The piece was premiered on March 2 by the Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island (Andrew Howell, music director). It will be sung at the Sewanee Conference in July. MorningStar Music will publish the anthem in the summer of 2019.
Connecticut church commissions choral work
First Congregational Church, Cheshire, Connecticut (Joseph D’Eugenio, Music Director) has commissioned Peter Niedmann to compose a multi-movement choral work for choir and organ. The new piece, celebrating the restoration and expansion of the church’s organ, will be premiered on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
MorningStar Music publishes I Come With Joy
MorningStar Music has released I Come With Joy. Using the popular Brian Wren text, with its recent revisions, the Communion anthem is for SATB unaccompanied voices. To listen and view the sheet music, click here.
If Ye Love Me released by The Sacred Music Press
The Sacred Music Press (Lorenz Corporation) has released If Ye Love Me. For SATB & piano, the anthem uses the classic John 14 text. The piece was premiered in concert by The Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island (Andrew Howell, Music Director) on March 18th, 2018. To listen and view the sheet music, click here.
The Sacred Music Press releases Come, Let us Sound with Melody
The Sacred Music Press has published Peter Niedmann's dramatic anthem, Come, Let us Sound with Melody. For SATB & organ, the piece is built on the excellent Thomas Campion poem. The GM Chorale (Joseph D'Eugenio, music director) premiered the piece in 2008 in Newington, Connecticut. To peruse and listen to the anthem, go here.
Niedmann elected AGO Dean
At the annual meeting of the American Guild of Organists, Greater Hartford Chapter on May 23rd, Peter Niedmann was elected to the office of Dean. His term begins on July 1. The American Guild of Organists is a national organization of academic, church, and concert organists in the United States, headquartered in New York City. Founded as both an educational and service organization, it was chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1896, with the authority to grant professional certification to members who passed required examinations. The AGO Greater Hartford Chapter is one of the oldest and most active in the country. This is Peter Niedmann's second time serving as Dean, the first being 1993 - 1995. He holds the Associate and Choirmaster professional certificates of the American Guild of Organists. hartfordago.org
Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace and Fanfare to be performed on Europe Tour
The Hartford Chorale (Richard Coffey, Music Director) will tour Europe in the summer of 2017. On their concert program will be Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace and Fanfare (for organ). The Chorale will perform in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Organist, James Barry will perform Fanfare. hartfordchorale.org
Heir of the Highest Heaven released by Augsburg Fortress
Augsburg Fortress has published Heir of the Highest Heaven, for SATB voices and organ. Commissioned by First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio (Kevin Jones, music director) in 2013, and included on their CD of the same name. Text from the poem "Immanuel" by Washington Gladden, the esteemed former pastor of First Congregational Church, Columbus. The piece is suitable for both Advent and Christmas. To listen to the anthem or purchase sheet music, click: Heir of the Highest Heaven.
Sacred Music Press publishes Love Never Ends
Sacred Music Press has released Love Never Ends, for SATB voices and piano. A setting of 1 Corinthians 13, the anthem was commissioned by Peter Niedmann's friend and colleague, John Coghill, honoring John and Joanne Coghill's 50th wedding anniversary. lorenz.com
Organ Recital will Honor Keith Emerson
Peter Niedmann will perform at Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington, Connecticut on Sunday, October 2nd at 4:00. The concert will include music of Langlais, Guilmant, Bach, Niedmann (Veni Creator). Also on the program will be Keith Emerson's The Three Fates (Part One). Keith Emerson, who died March 11th of this year, was the legendary rock keyboardist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He was a hero to a generation of keyboard players because of his incredible talent and groundbreaking music. Church of Christ, Congregational is at 1075 Main Street, Newington. newingtonucc.org
Niedmann Receives AGO Choir Master certificate
Peter Niedmann received the American Guild of Organists Choir Master certificate, after successfully completing a comprehensive written and practical exam in the spring. The Choir Master certificate is awarded to church musicians who possess a broad knowledge of all aspects of church music. Included in the exam are questions about hymnody, liturgy, plainchant notation, harmonic analysis, and choral repertoire. The practical section includes conducting a choir in 3 pieces, harmonizing melodies, sight-reading, and hymn-playing on the organ. He also holds the AGO Associate certificate, which focuses on organ performance.
Niedmann Work to be Featured in Festival
Come, Let us Sound With Melody will be a featured work in the CONCORA Summer Choral Festival in Berlin, Connecticut. Festival conductor, Joseph D'Eugenio, premiered the work with the Middletown Chorale and performed it in Italy on the Chorale's tour. The anthem is an SATB & organ setting of a Thomas Campion poem. The final festival concert is at Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin, Connecticut on Saturday, July 25 at 4:00. concora.org
GIA Publishes Organ Music Collection
GIA Publications has released Peter Niedmann's Eight Hymn Preludes for the Church Year. Included in the set are pieces based on Darwall's 148th, Ellacombe, Hyfrydol, Lasst Uns Erfreuen, Veni Creator Spiritus, O Heiliger Geist, Sussex Carol, and Amazing Grace. giamusic.com
Concordia Releases When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Concordia Publishing has released Peter Niedmann's anthem, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. The piece is an arrangement of the classic hymn tune, Rockingham, for 2-part mixed voices and keyboard. cph.org
Niedmann to Perform in Rhode Island
Peter Niedmann will peform an organ recital at Christ Church, Westerly, Rhode Island on April 19th at 4:00 pm. The organ is a C.B. Fisk (Opus 45) mechanical-action instrument with a striking pipe layout. The program will include works of Bach, Stanley, Mozart, Boëllmann, Near, Niedmann, and an improvisation on a theme suggested by the audience. christchurchwesterly.org
New CD Released
The choir of First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio (Kevin Jones, music director) has released a CD of Christmas music - Heir of the Highest Heaven. Peter Niedmann's carol of the same name was commissioned by the choir and is included on the disc. Augsburg Fortress will publish the sheet music for Heir of the Highest Heaven in 2016. first-church.org
Niedmann Joins CONCORA Board
In September, Peter Niedmann begins his term on the Board of Directors of CONCORA, the premier professional choir in Connecticut. He will also serve on its marketing committee. CONCORA was founded by Richard Coffey 40 years ago, and has grown into one of New England's finest professional choirs. Coffey retired from the Music Director post in 2014. After an extensive national search, CONCORA will announce in February, 2015 who will become its new Music Director. concora.org
Thorpe Music Releases Sing of a Girl
Thorpe Music Publishing Co. has released Peter Niedmann's Sing of a Girl. The choral work is a Christmas carol commissioned in June of 2013 by the choir of Harvard University (Edward Jones, music director) and premiered in December, 2013 at the annual carol services. The text is by Damian Lundy (1944-1997), and the work is scored for SATB voices & organ. An orchestral accompaniment (flute, clarinet, strings) is also available. Thorpe Music's sole selling agent is Theodore Presser Co. thorpemusic.com
Ohio Choir Premieres Carol
The choir of First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio (Kevin Jones, Music Director) premiered Peter Niedmann's carol, Heir of the Highest Heaven, at their Lessons and Carols service in December. They commissioned the work and suggested a text by the esteemed former First Church Pastor, Washington Gladden (1836-1918). The carol text is a portion of Gladden's poem, Immanuel. The carol (SATB & organ) will be published by Augsburg Fortress in 2015. heirofthehighestheaven
Harvard Commissions Niedmann
The choir of Harvard University (Edward Jones, music director) has commissioned Peter Niedmann to compose a new carol for its annual Christmas carol services. Past recipients of the commission include Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Alice Parker, and David Conte. uchoir.harvard.edu