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Monday, May 21, 2012

First Congregational Church Receives Pentecost Score “I Will Pour Out My Spirit” By Composer Philip Rice

Nicholas Schmelter, Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan, announces the receipt of a commissioned anthem for Pentecost written by award-winning composer Philip Rice. Scored for SATB choir and organ, “I Will Pour Out My Spirit” is written for Dr. Steven Egler, Artist in Residence at First Congregational Church.  The anthem’s text is taken from Acts 2:17-21; 26-28, and 18th century hymns by John Jacobi and Augustus Toplady. 

Philip Rice (b. 1988) is a composer of sacred and secular vocal and instrumental works. He has studied with Stefan Young (a student of Nadia Boulanger), David Gillingham, and has received additional instruction from composers Sven-David Sandström, Tom Cipullo, Cindy McTee, and Roberto Sierra. He graduated with distinction from Westminster Choir College with a MM in composition in 2012, and summa cum laude from Central Michigan University with a BM degree in composition and theory in 2010. He is currently pursuing a DMA at Michigan State University. Rice has won several prizes for his compositions including awards from Chanticleer, The Kansas University Choral Society, SibeliusMusic.com, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Central Michigan University, Westminster Choir College, and others. Rice's works have received performances by a variety of ensembles in the United States and abroad.

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