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Composer, Conductor





by Philip Westin



University of Southern California Concert Choir

University of Southern California Symphony Orchestra

Eleanor Hedwall, Soprano

Rose Taylor, Mezzo Soprano

Hedley Nosworthy, Tenor

Ingolf Dahl

Ingolf Dahl, Conductor

(Live Performance, May 15, 1068, Bovard Auditorium, USC)




Cerritos Master Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

Ann Gresham, Soprano

Philip Westin, Conductor

(Live Performance, Cerritos College)



Song of Adoration

Combined Choirs, First Presbyterian Church, Anaheim

Members of CSU Long Beach Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Rachael Beeman, Childrens' Choir Director

Susan Talevich, Organ

Philip Westin, Conductor

(Recorded at First Presbyterian Church, Anaheim)












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            Venite was completed in 1968 as part of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Music in Composition at USC. Scored for soprano, alto, and tenor soloists, SATB chorus and orchestra, the piece was premiered on May 15, 1968 at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus with Ingolf Dahl conducting the USC Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra. The text is the opening canticle from the Anglican Service of Morning Prayer, and consists of Psalms 95 and 96.

            Psalm 95 begins, O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.



            Supplication was written for the Cerritos Master Chorale. A setting of a text by Westin's long-time friend and colleague, Burt Peachy, it is scored for soprano solo, SATB chorus, and orchestra. The work was completed in 1982, and was premiered by the Cerritos Master Chorale and Symphony Orchestra in 1983, with Ann Gresham as the soprano soloist and Westin conducting.



            Song of Adoration was completed on July 4, 1976. It is scored for childrens' choir, SATB chorus and orchestra. Much of the piece was a re-working of Venite, written in 1968 (see above), with soloists and some music removed and new music added. Westin prepared a performing edition of the piece for wind ensemble and organ, which was premiered and recorded by the combined choirs at the First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim, California with Philip Westin conducting in 1977.