Composer will premiere commissioned piece

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University's Department of Music will host a Composer-in-Residence week April 19-23 featuring the world premiere of Mark Hayes' Te Deum at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in Harral Memorial Auditorium.

Hayes' rendition of Te Deum is a new setting for an ancient hymn used in church worship.

"It combines both Latin text and English text," said Dr. Scott Herrington, a professor of music and director of choral studies at Wayland. "It has some jazz elements and some classical elements. It is written for an eight-part choir with a baritone solo and mezzo soprano solo. It is a piece I think everyone will enjoy."

The work was originally commissioned by Wayland in 2002. Herrington, who worked with Hayes while teaching at Baylor and has followed the composer's career, contacted Hayes about working on the piece.

"He jumped right at the opportunity," Herrington explained. "It was interesting to him because it was something different for him. A lot of his work is more church or individual, short, anthem-oriented music. This is a more extended piece."

Due to health reasons, Hayes had to postpone working on the piece which was originally scheduled to be premiered in the spring of 2003. After recovering, Hayes returned to work on the music, completing the project and presenting it to Wayland early this year.

Herrington said the composition is around 15 minutes long and was written for choir and orchestra. Wayland's International Choir and the Wayland Singers will perform the piece along with an orchestra comprised of Wayland musicians and the Plainview Symphony. The groups will also perform other Hayes' works during the concert.

Hayes, whose career has included many international tours, has composed pieces which can be found in the music libraries of churches and universities around the world. His work is known for its unique, American sound, drawing from diverse musical styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk and classical. He has produced more than 50 recordings for various artists and publishers, 20 keyboard folios and four volumes of the Mark Hayes Vocal Solo Collection. He is an accomplished performer as well as composer and will display his talents during several workshops that will be held throughout the week.

Tuesday's workshop, "You Can Improvise at the Keyboard," will cover using the piano in 21 st century worship. The workshop will be held at 4 p.m. in the Miller Recital Hall and is open to the public. A meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a piano concert by Hayes. Cost for the workshop and meal is $15. Reservations will need to be turned in by Thursday, April 15.

On Thursday, April 22, Hayes will present a composer's workshop, "From the First Note to Publication," at 4 p.m. in the recital hall. There is no charge for this workshop.

The week will conclude with "A Conversation with Mark Hayes" at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 23, in the University Center, room 211. A lunch buffet will be served, followed by a reading session of Mark Hayes' music in the recital hall. The cost for the meal and reading is $25. Reservations must be turned in by Thursday, April 15.

To register for the workshops and meal, contact Herrington at 806-291-1062, or call Robert Black at 806-291-1067. For more information on the events, you can email Herrington or Black at .