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Locklair’s ‘Requiem’ to be broadcast Jan. 31 on WFDD

Dan Locklair

The first two movements of last year’s world premiere performance of Professor of Music Dan Locklair’s “Requiem” will be featured on the Jan. 31 national radio broadcast of the program With Heart and Voice, which can be heard on 88.5 WFDD at 7 a.m.

Performers included the choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, guest soloists and string orchestra members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Cummins, organist/choirmaster of St. Paul’s.  Choir members included two University staff members: Bill Wells, director of financial aid, and Jill Carson, senior designer in Communications and External Relations.

The broadcast will also include a recording of Locklair’s “Remembrance,” performed by the Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

Recently, a CD of Locklair’s “Requiem” became available through and at St. Paul’s book store.

Locklair’s “Requiem” to be performed at St. Paul’s Church

The world premiere of Dan Locklair’s “Requiem,” for SATB chorus, soloists, string orchestra and organ will be given on Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. as a part of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.  Locklair is professor of music at Wake Forest.

Performers will include the St. Paul’s Choir, guest soloists and string orchestra members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Cummins, organist/choirmaster of St. Paul’s.

“Begun in 2012, ‘Requiem’ was completed on April 3, 2015 (Good Friday) and is dedicated to the memory of my parents,” Locklair said. “In nine movements and approximately 40 minutes in length, the texts for Requiem are all in English and are drawn from both the traditional Requiem Mass as well as from The Book of Psalms.”

This event is free and open to the public. Directions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at For more program information, call 336-723-4391, Ext. 1401.



Holiday concerts to include compositions by Locklair

Professor and Wake Forest’s Composer-in-Residence Dan Locklair’s “Canzona for the Music Makers” for 15 players will be performed by the University Orchestra with David Hagy conducting tonight, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Locklair’s “O Magnum Mysterium” (from his Three Christmas Motets), will be performed by the University Concert Choir, led by Brian Gorelick, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” was commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony as part of the orchestra’s educational partnership with the school. More about the music and the project is available here.

Three Christmas Motets, which were recorded and broadcast (BBC Radio 3) by the BBC Singers last December, is one of Locklair’s most popular choral works. The piece was originally composed for and has been dedicated to the Wake Forest Concert Choir and Brian Gorelick.

Both performances will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and the events are free and open to the public.

Faculty publications: June update

This includes Reynolda campus faculty books – and one sound recording:

Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, 6th ed. Pearson. June 2014.

Jenkins, Melissa Shields. (English). Fatherhood, Authority, and British Reading Culture, 1831-1907. Ashgate. June 2014.

Locklair, Dan. (Music). Tapestries – Choral Music of Dan Locklair [CD recording]. Performed by The Choral Art Society, conducted by Robert Russell, and Bel Canto Company, led by David Pegg. MSR Classics. June 2014.

Palmiter, Alan R. (School of Law). Securities Regulation, 6th ed. (Examples and Explanations series). Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. April 2014.

Palmiter, Alan R., Frank Partnoy, & Amy D. Westbrook (School of Law). Corporations: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd ed. (Interactive Casebook series). West Academic Publishing. April 2014.

Venegas, José Luis. (Romance Languages).  Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America, 1898-1992 (Transoceanic series). Ohio State University Press. April 2014.

Locklair’s music to be performed at Old Salem

Professor and composer-in-residence Dan Locklair’s “Salem Sonata” for organ will be performed by world-renowned organist Marilyn Keiser on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center. The concert celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Old Salem’s 1800 Tannenberg Organ.

For more information, click here

Locklair’s music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions.

More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at

Locklair’s ‘Canzona for the Music Makers’ premiers in Charlotte

Locklairandstudents.300x175The world premiere of Professor and Composer in Residence Dan Locklair’s, “Canzona for the Music Makers” was held at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte on Sunday, May 4.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” for chamber ensemble was commissioned in 2013 by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the Northwest School of the Arts. The new piece was supported by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council.

Locklair worked closely with the students in preparing the piece, which has a secret stamp on the six-minute work — the school’s initials are used for a four-note theme that recurs throughout.

The premiere was covered in the Charlotte Observer, “A world premiere for Northwest School of the Arts,” and Subito Music Corporation, “Locklair: Learning from a composer.”

Carolina Impact was on-site covering Locklair working with the students. Watch the video here.

Listen to a preview of the piece on WDAV Public Radio.

Locklair’s chorus performed by WFU Concert Choir in Ireland

Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair’s “The Cloths of Heaven” was performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir on tour in Ireland. Associate Professor of Music Brian Gorelick conducted the a cappella piece.

Performances were held  at Galway Cathedral, the city’s Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, also in Dublin.

“‘The Cloths of Heaven’ piece was completed in September 2013 and was composed for, and is dedicated to, the Wake Forest University Concert Choir in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland,” said Locklair. “This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.’ First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.”

The score will be published by Subito Music.

Locklair’s work to be performed in Salisbury

Dan Locklair’s “In the Autumn Days” will be performed by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (David Hagy, music director and conductor) as part of its Thanksgiving Family Concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. in Varick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College (701 West Monroe Street) in Salisbury, N.C.

Locklair is composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, as well as a professor of music.

Locklair writes, “’In the Autumn Days (A Symphony for Chamber Orchestra)’ was composed during the spring of 1984. It is dedicated ‘To the memory of Wriston Locklair (1925-1984),’ whose distinguished career as a critic included writings for Musical America and Opera News. His impact on my life was very significant.” Read Locklair’s complete notes.

Adult tickets are $18, students $4, and children 8 and younger $2. For tickets and more about the November 24 event, call 704.637.4314 or visit

Locklair’s work to be performed by Winston-Salem Youth Chorus

Dan LocklairDan Locklair’s “The Playful Rainbow,” with text by poet Fred Chappell, will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the by The Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. It will be performed by the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus with Barbara C. Beattie, artistic and executive director, as part of its 20th anniversary concert.

Locklair is the composer-in-residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest.

Locklair says: “‘The Playful Rainbow’ was commissioned by the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, and is warmly dedicated to them. The piece celebrates the 20th anniversary season of this outstanding chorus founded by Barbara Beattie. ‘The Playful Rainbow’ was completed in February 2013 and is a setting of four new and delightful poems by the distinguished American writer and poet, Fred Chappell.”

The concert will feature about 100 current and former members performing the new work, as well as favorites from concerts performed during the past 20 years. Read about the concert here. For tickets, visit or call 336.703.0001.

In addition, Locklair’s “Glory and Peace” will be performed by organist Thomas Murray as part of his recital on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. This is presented as part of Great Music in a Great Space.

Locklair’s work featured nationally, performed locally on Sunday

Dan LocklairOn Sunday, Oct. 6, the music of Dan Locklair will be featured in several different ways. Locklair is the composer in residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest.

Locklair has been the focus of the nationally syndicated American Public Media series “Pipedreams” this week with a two-hour show called “Unlocking Locklair,” focusing on his music for organ. It will be broadcast in the Winston-Salem area on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. on WDAV (89.9 FM). It is also available on the web at any time by clicking here.

The show presents seven of Locklair’s major works, including the first national broadcast of his Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2010)  in a performance by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, with soloist Susan Bates.

Also on Sunday, Locklair’s Hail the Coming Day (A Festive Piece for Orchestra) will be performed by the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at 3:30 p.m. at Aycock Auditorium on the campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336.334.5789 or visit

Hail the Coming Day is the result of a 2012 commission from the city of Winston-Salem in honor of the 2013 Centennial Celebration of the consolidation of the towns of Winston and Salem. This composition is in one movement, consists of five short sections, and is scored for a large orchestra of triple woodwinds, triple brass, strings and percussion. Read the composer’s complete notes.

In addition, Locklair’s Preces and Responses and Phoenix Processional will be performed at 5:30 p.m. as part of choral evensong at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (520 Summit Street) in Winston-Salem. This will part of the American Institute of Organ Builders convention.

Phoenix Processional for solo organ comes from a larger composition: Phoenix Fanfare and Processional for organ, brass quartet and percussion. The original three-minute Phoenix Fanfare was commissioned in 1979 by Union Theological Seminary in New York City for the February 1980 reopening and dedication of Union’s renovated James Memorial Chapel. Read more about the piece.