I have always loved text setting and especially enjoy working with living poets (though I’ve found Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson work just fine as well).


“It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten choked up onstage while performing, but it happened every time during Melancholy Thoughts.”

Wendy Hoffman Farrell, mezzo soprano


Music for Voice and Instruments

Setting Sail for mezzo-soprano and piano (1998) (settings of six poems by Emily Dickinson) 12′

Reflections on the Way (Songs of a Hermit) for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2003) (settings of four poems by David Budbill) 18′ (see also works for large ensemble)

The Falling of Trees for baritone and piano quartet (2007) (settings of four poems by Lars Nielsen) 27′

Music for Chorus

Our Wish This Year is Peace (for SATB chorus) (1992) (poetry by Erik Nielsen) 3′ 30”

Time’s Shadow (for SATB chorus and piano) (2001) (three songs, settings of poetry by Barbara S. Nielsen) 11′

A Solitary Voice (two versions: SAB or SATB chorus) (2002) (four songs, settings of poetry by David Budbill) 7′ 30”

Three Songs from “Twelfth Night” (for SATB chorus and strings or piano) (2005) (settings of poetry by William Shakespeare) 9′

For All That Lingers (for SATB chorus) (2010) (three songs, settings of poetry by Jean L. Connor) 6′

Summer (for SATB chorus) (2011) (setting of poetry by Jean L. Connor) 6′

Choral/Vocal CD

Voices of October:  Choral and Vocal Music of Erik Nielsen (2012)