I dug up a rose (SATB + piano) or (elementary, middle & high school choirs + piano, optional handbells)
I dug up a rose for SATB choir + piano with optional handbells
or for elementary, middle, and high school choirs + piano with optional handbells
music by Lisa Neher, poem by Caitlin Vincent
Price: $2.00/print ($2.00 per singer in your choir)
Thank you for being honest about the size of your choir when ordering! This allows me to keep writing music.
Length: 3 1/2 minutes
In Caitlin Vincent’s poem, I dug up a rose, an old rose plant is pulled up, tossed aside, and left to wither while the speaker plants something new in its place. But the rose blooms anyway. It has more worth, and more grit, than anyone gave it credit.
We can all relate to a time when we felt undervalued by those around us, when we doubted ourselves, when life threw challenges at us and support felt far away. Yet we possess great power to persevere in the face of obstacles. Like the rose, we are inherently valuable, exactly as we are, right now.
I dug up a rose was commissioned by and is dedicated to Porter-Gaud School Choirs, led by Dr. Amanda Castellano, in honor of the school’s 50 Years of Women anniversary celebration. This yearlong celebration recognizes the contributions of women to Porter-Gaud and the voices of women in our community.
The message of this piece is universal, but speaks in a particular way to the obstacles that women and other historically marginalized groups have overcome and continue to face. In my own field of music composition, for example, women have long been discouraged from writing music, and our work has often been erased. But we know our worth. We bloom anyway. We sing out. We change the world.