Alan J. Higbee is a church organist and freelance musician residing near Cleveland, Ohio. He was commissioned by the Association for Music in International Schools to compose a setting for women’s choir of a poem by Thomas Troeger, for premiere at the annual AMIS International Honor Band and Choir Festival in Berlin in 2005.
“My Song Will Speak” received the 2004 Long Island Arts Council 30th Anniversary Choral Composition Prize, and was premiered in May 2004 by the Bel Canto Chorale at Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, New York. Based on the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, a solo version appears in Higbee’s song cycle, “Songs From The Crescent Moon.”
His choral setting of the Christina Rossetti hymn text “In the Bleak Midwinter” was a 2003 winner of the Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composers Forum. Scored for a cappella choir with oboe, it was performed by Minneapolis ensemble VocalEssence under the baton of Philip Brunelle, recorded by Minnesota Public Radio, and broadcast on Public Radio International.