Dream Land (ssaa) (Dreamland)
Dream Land was written in loving memory of Mary Ann Bisio, choral conductor, lyric soprano, and pianist. For 20 years, Mary Ann was a member of the professional chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival and for several of those years was involved directly with the high school Youth Choral Academy of OBF. Her untimely and unexpected death in March of 2005 left many family, friends, and colleagues across the United States stunned to silence. Through the beautiful words of Christina Rossetti, I have found a vehicle to express both sorrow at her loss and the eventual release of a dear friend to peace.