To You (for band, orchestra and SATB choir)
Grade level: 5
Commission info: Arrowhead Union High School (WI), Jacob Polancich, conductor
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When I was asked to write this piece for band, orchestra, and choir in dedication to the career of principal Bonnie Laugermann, my mind jumped immediately to a poem by Langston Hughes entitled "To You." It is a beautiful and inspiring poem with a message of dreaming big in order to help make the world a better place. From my discussion with people who are close to Dr. Laugermann, it was very clear that she is an educator and a leader who is completely supportive of those who are striving to achieve real excellence in education. These three talented ensembles are brought together in this piece to deliver a message of thanks and appreciation for a principal who has been an ardent supporter of a music department that likes to dream big.
To sit and dream, to sit and read,
To sit and learn about the world
Outside our world of here and now –
Our problem world –
To dream of vast horizons of the soul
Through dreams made whole,
Unfettered, free – help me!
All you who are dreamers too,
Help me to make
Our world anew.
I reach out my dreams to you.
- Langston Hughes
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