Concert Chorale

With University Chorus


J.D. Burnett conducting the UT Concert Chorale in concert.

J.D. Burnett, conductor

Choongwoo Steve Ko, conductor
JD Burnett, conductor
Eric Newell, Assistant conductor
Lili Juyeon Yoo, soprano
Renan Branco, collaborative piano
Sunbeam Choi, collaborative piano

This concert will last approximately 60 minutes with intermission.



Felix Mendelssohn 1809–1847
Verleih uns Frieden   1831   

Felix Mendelssohn
der Psalm 42   1837
Coro wie der Hirsch schreit 
Aria Meine Seele dūrstet nach Gott
Recit. und Coro Meine Tränen sind meine Speise
Coro Was betrūbst du dich meine Seele
Recit. Mein Gott, betrūbt is meine Seele in mir
Quintetto Der Herr hat des Tages verheißen
 David Roitberg, tenor       Malachi Burke, tenor
 Nikos Warren, baritone       Michael Follis, bass
Coro Was betrūbst du dich meine Seele




Orlando Gibbons 1583–1625
O Clap Your Hands   1622

Einojuhani Rautavaara 1928–2016
“Suite” de Lorca   1976
 Canción de jinete
El Grito
La luna asoma


William Averitt b. 1948
Afro-American Fragments   1991
Song for Billie Holiday
Feet o’ Jesus


Ryan Murphy b. 1971
A Lullaby   2015   
b. 1971


Reena Esmail b. 1983
Tuttarana   2016   

Texts & Translations 

Verleih uns Frieden

Verleih uns frieden gnädiglich,
Herr Gott! zu unsern zeiten
Es ist doch ja kein ander nicht,
Der für uns könnte streiten,
Denn du unser Gott alleine

Grant us Your peace,
God in our time.
No one else
can fight for us
but you, our only God.

translation © by Choongwoo Steve Ko.  Reprinted by permission.

Der Psalm 42

1. Chor
Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser,
So schreit meine Seele, Gott, zu dir.

2. Aria
Meine Seele dürstet nach Gott
nach dem lebendigen Gotte.
Wann werde ich dahin kommen
dass ich Gottes Angesicht schaue?

3. Recit. and Aria
Meine Tränen sind meine Speise Tag 
und Nacht, weil man täglich zu mir saget:
“Wo ist nun dein Gott?”
Wenn ich dess’ innewerde
So schütte ich mein Herz aus bei mir selbst;
Denn ich wollte gerne hingehen
Mit dem Haufen und mit ihnen wallen
zum Hause Gottes,
Mit Frohlocken und mit Danken
unter dem Haufen die da feiern.

4. Chor
Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele,
Und bist so unruhig in mir?
Harre auf Gott!
Denn ich werde ihm noch danken
dass er mir hilft mit seinem Angesicht.

5. Recit. 
Mein Gott, betrübt ist meine Seele in mir.
Darum gedenke ich an dich!
Deine Fluten rauschen daher
Dass hier eine Tiefe,
Und dort eine Tiefe brausen;
Alle Deine Wasserwogen
Und Wellen gehn über mich.
Mein Gott, betrübt ist meine Seele in mir.

6. Quintett
Der Herr hat des Tages
verheißen seine Güte,
und des Nachts singe ich zu ihm.
Und bete zu dem Gotte meines Lebens.
Mein Gott, betrübt ist meine Seele in mir. 
Warum hast du meiner vergessen?
Warum muss ich so traurig gehn,
wenn mein Feind mich drängt?

7. Chor

Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele,
Und bist so unruhig in mir?
Harre auf Gott!
Denn ich werde ihm noch danken
dass er meines Angesichtes Hilfe
und mein Gott ist.
Preis sei dem Herrn, dem Gott Israëls
Von nun an bis in Ewigkeit

1. Chorus
As the deer pants for stream of water,
So my soul pants for you, God.

2. Aria
My soul thirsts for God
for the living God
When can I go
and meet God

3. Recit. and Aria
My tears are my food day and night
While people ask me all day long
“Where is your God?"
When I notice it
So I pour out my heart to myself;
Because I wanted to go there
with the protection of God
to the house of God,
with rejoice and with thanks
among the crowd celebrating there.

4. Chorus
Why are you discouraged, my soul,
and disturbed in me?
Wait on God!
Because I will still thank him
that he may help me with His countenance.

5. Recit.
My God, my soul within me is discouraged.
That’s why I think of you!
Your floods rush along
that there is a depth here,
and there a depth roars;
All your water waves
and waves pass over me.
My God, my soul within me is discouraged.

6. Quintet
The Lord has the day
promise his goodness,
and at night I sing to him.
And pray to the God of my life.
My God, my soul within me is discouraged.
Why have you forgotten mine?
Why do I have to go so sad,
when my enemy pushes me?

7. Chorus
Why are you discouraged, my soul,
and disturbed in me?
Wait on God!
Because I will still thank him
that he may have the help of my face
and my God is.
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel
From now on until eternity.

translation by Choongwoo Steve Ko.  Reprinted by permission.

O Clap Your Hands

O clap your hands together, all ye people; O sing unto God with the voice of melody. For the Lord is high and to be feared; he is the great King of all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. He shall choose out an heritage for us, even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.

God is gone up with a merry noise, and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. O sing praises, sing praises unto our God: O sing praises unto the Lord our King. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with the understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon his holy seat. For God, which is highly exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 47, the Bible, King James Version, public domain

“Suite” de Lorca

1. Canción de jinete
Córdoba. Lejana y sola.
Jaca negra, luna grande,
y aceitunas en mi alforja.
Aunque sepa los caminos
yo nunca llegaré a Córdoba.
Por el llano, por el viento,
jaca negra, luna roja.
La muerte me está mirando
desde las torres de Córdoba.
¡Ay qué camino tan largo!
¡Ay mi jaca valerosa!

¡Ay, que la muerte me espera,
antes de llegar a Córdoba!
Córdoba. Lejana y sola.

2. El grito
El eclipse de un grito, 
va de monte a monte.
Desde los olivos,
será un arco iris negro
sobre la noche azul.

Como un arco de viola,
el grito ha hecho vibrar
largas cuerdas del viento.

(Las gentes de las cuevas asoman sus velones)

3. La luna asoma
Cuando sale la luna
se pierden las campanas
y aparecen las sendas impenetrables.

Cuando sale la luna,
el mar cubre la tierra
y el corazón se siente isla en el infinito.

Nadie come naranjas bajo la luna llena.
Es preciso comer fruta verde y helada.
Cuando sale la luna de cién rostros iguales,
la moneda de plata solloza en el bolsillo.

4. Malagueña
La muerte
entra y sale de la taberna.
Pasan caballos negros y gente siniestra
por los hondos caminos de la guitarra.

Y hay un olor a sal y a sangre de hembra,
en los nardos febriles de la marina.

La Muerte 
entra y sale
y sale y entra
la muerte de la taberna

1. Song of the Horseman
Córdoba, distant and solitude
A black horse, a large moon,
And olives in my satchel.
Although I know these paths,
I shall never make it to Córdoba.
Through the plain, through the wind
A black horse, a red moon
Death is looking at me
from the towers of Córdoba.
Oh, the road is long!
Oh, my horse is brave!

Oh, how death waits for me
Before I make it to Córdoba
Córdoba, distant and solitude.

2. The Scream
The eclipse of a scream goes 
   from hill to hill
From the olive trees 
appears a black rainbow 
against the blue night

As the bow of a viola
the scream makes the 
long strings of the wind vibrate

The cave people hold out their oil lamps

3. The Moon Rises
When the moon comes out,
The bells disappear
And the impenetrable paths appear

When the moon comes out,
The ocean covers the earth
And the heart itself feels like an island among the infinite 

No one eats oranges under the full moon
It is better to consume icy, green fruit
When the moon of one hundred equal faces comes out,
The silver coins begin to sob in the pocket

4. Malagueña
Enters, then leaves the tavern
Black horses and sinister men traverse 
the deep roads of the guitar
And there is the smell of salt and 
blood of a woman from the feverish 
nardo flowers  along the shore

Enters, then leaves,
Then leaves, then enters
The death of the tavern

translation by Michael Follis. Reprinted by permission. 

Afro-American Fragments

Song for Billie Holiday
What can purge my heart of the song and the sadness?
What can purge my heart but the song of the sadness?
What can purge my heart of the sadness of the song?

Do not speak of sorrow with dust in her hair,
Or bits of dust in eyes A chance wind blows there
The sorrow that I speak of is dusted with despair

Voice of muted trumpet, cold brass in warm air.
Bitter television blurred by sound that shimmers, Where?

Feet o’ Jesus
At the feet o’ Jesus, Sorrow like asea.
Lordy, let yo’ mercy
Come driftin’ down on me.
At yo’ feet I stand.
O, ma little Jesus, please reach out yo’ hand.

Fire, Fire, Lord!
Fire gonna burn ma soul!

I ain’t been good, I ain’t been clean
I been stinkin’, lowdown, mean.

Fire, Fire, Lord!
Fire gonna burn ma soul!

Tell me, brother. Do you believe if you wanta go to heaben
Got to moan an’ grieve

Fire, Fire, Lord!
Fire gonna burn ma soul!

I been stealin’, been tellin’ lies,
Had more women than Pharaoh had wives

public domain


The stars are twinkling in the skies, 
The earth is lost in slumbers deep;
So hush, my sweet, and close thine eyes,
And let me lull thy soul to sleep.
Compose thy dimpled hands to rest,
And like a little birdling lie
Secure within thy cozy nest
Upon my loving mother breast,
And slumber to my lullaby,
So hushaby—O hushaby.
The moon is singing to a star
The little song I sing to you;
The father sun has strayed afar,
As baby’s sire is straying too.
And so the loving mother moon
Sings to the little star on high;
And as she sings, her gentle tune
Is borne to me, and thus I croon
For thee, my sweet, that lullaby
Of hushaby—O hushaby.
There is a little one asleep
That does not hear his mother’s song;
But angel watchers—as I weep—
Surround his grave the night-tide long.
And as I sing, my sweet, to you,
Oh, would the lullaby I sing—
The same sweet lullaby he knew
While slumb’ring on this bosom too—
Were borne to him on angel’s wing!
So hushaby—O hushaby.

public domain

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About the Artists

Choongwoo Steve Ko

Choongwoo Steve Ko, a native of South Korea, is a second year Doctoral Student in Choral Conducting at the Butler School of Music where he studies with Dr. J.D. Burnett and is conductor of the University Tenor/Bass Chorus. Prior to his doctoral studies, Ko taught secondary music at Keswick Christian School in Florida. Steve, first prize winner of American Choral Directors Association Composition Focus Prize, is also a prolific composer whose compositions focus on biculturalism based on his Korean-American ethnicity. His compositions are published through Choruscenter, in Seoul, Korea and Hinshaw music. Ko’s research is focusing on the pedagogical method of authentic diction on Korean choral music and on the female dominant social phenomena in the Korean choral music composition. Ko holds a Master of Music in Choral music from University of Southern California where he studied with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, a Bachelor of Science in Music from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

J.D. Burnett

Dr. J.D. Burnett enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. In the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, he serves as Director of Choral Activities, conducts the UT Concert Chorale, and teaches courses in graduate choral conducting and literature. Additionally, he is the founding Artistic Director of Kinnara, the premier professional chamber choir in Atlanta, Georgia. In March 2021, he was named Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Singers in Dallas, and assumed the role on January 1, 2022. Formerly, he was Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He has served as Assistant Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, conductor of the New Jersey Youth Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble, Associate Conductor of the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, and Acting Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University.

eric Newell

Eric Newell is in his first year pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the Butler School of Music, where he studies conducting with Dr. J.D. Burnett and conducts the University Treble Chorus, as well as assists with the Concert Chorale. Outside of UT, Eric also serves as Assistant Director of Sacred Music at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, where he works with the King’s Choir, Children’s Choir, Contemporary Choir, and Vespers ensemble. Prior to his time in Austin, he was the Director of Choirs at the Kirby School in Santa Cruz, CA, as well as the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek. He has sung with Volti, the American Bach Soloists, and the Atlanta Master Chorale. Eric holds the Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University and a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Georgia. When not conducting or singing, he loves jazz, tennis, cooking and baking.


Lili Juyeon Yoo

Based in Austin Texas, South Korean soprano Lili Juyeon Yoo is finalizing her Doctoral degree in Opera Performance at University of Texas at Austin. Last summer, Ms. Yoo joined Chautauqua Opera Company as an apprentice artist singing the role of Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen and Ensemble in Sweeney Todd. This season, Lili made her role debut as Mimí in La bohème and will present Poulenc’s one-act opera La voix humaine. 2022-23 highlights include singing the role of Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Butler Opera Center. She received her Master of Music degree and Performer Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Seoul National University. Ms. Yoo was trained at the Aspen Music Festival, Prague Summer Nights, and Songfest. 

Renan Branco

Renan Branco is a Brazilian collaborative pianist currently based in Austin, Texas. His passion for chamber music and innovative performance possibilities has led him to numerous festivals, masterclasses and ensembles in the past 12 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo (2014). From 2015-2021, he worked actively as a versatile collaborative pianist. As an opera rehearsal pianist, he worked in two of Brazil’s most prestigious theaters in a wide range of operas, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Stravinsky, Strauss, Wagner, Puccini and Britten. Prior to coming to Texas in 2021, Renan was an active chamber music performer and collaborative pianist, working mostly with choirs and ballet classes in Manaus, northern Brazil. Most recently, Renan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree in collaborative piano performance. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the same university, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant of Dr. Colette Valentine.


sunbeam choi

Dr. Sunbeam Choi started piano at age of five and studied at the prestigious schools including Seoul Arts High School and Yonsei University in Seoul where he received the Bachelor of Music degree. He holds the Master of Music degree at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded Teaching Assistantship for teaching Group Piano Class for undergraduates. He has won various competitions including the first prize in the American Protégé International Piano Competition. After his public debut in 1996 at Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, he has performed numerous recitals around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York. He was also featured as a soloist at a live radio show at “Classical 89 station”. As an active lecturer, he taught at Brigham Young University, Sejong University, Gwangwoon University, and Sunhwa Arts High School. Currently, he is a candidate for Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at UT Austin.

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university chorus

Raneem Alsi
Lindsay Alexander
Shaunna Allett
Pejah Carr
Sheila Chalasani
Hannah Chandy
Aoife Dunne
Kory Rarquhar
Eleora Franklin
Paris Fulks
Jojo Feng
Zofia Graham
Lauren Greenfield
Nicole Huff
Janae Johnson
Sophie Johnson
Greta Lamb
Bela Madrid
Meghan McCutchan
Lillian Olivo
Shannon Perry
Finola Quinn
Hannah Rashid
Sarah Saldaña
Ruchi Shah
Sara Shraim
Elena Sipes
Mishaal Talha
Gretchen Tschetter
Sidney Weaver

Josianne Alwardi
Lola Budimir
Sabrina Chuan
Audrey Clayton
Eliana Glenn
Ye-un Go
Jade Granderson
Ainsley Haas
Joselyn Hofer
Ellen Lan
Greta Lamb
Martina Ledesma
Catherine Moreno
Dilara Muslu
Alakananda Nuthalapati
Haley Provost-Goldhamer
Zoe Rocha
Maryfer Rodriguez
Kelsie Salgado
Lilly Schlamp
Genesis Staple
Bella Thornton
Cameron Weger

Alex Bao
Malachi Burke
Daniel Chang
Girik Chawla
Nathan Crews
Amrit Ghosh
Nicholas Kao
Nathaniel Loya
John Manon
Tyler Mazzei
Stephen Moreno
Bruno Onwukwe
David Roitberg
Juaquin Salas
Anthony Yeh

Saylor Black
Wesley Booker
Preston Botik
Siyu Cao
Jacob Gonzaba
Matthew Hanerfeld
Ian Hoff
Christian Jackson
Ahish Jacob
Max Kinser
Alejandro Konrad
William Linton
Sebastian Morales
Alvin Pham
Joan Saldana
Colin Scheuerman
Nikos Warren
Xaiver Williams
William Wu

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Concert Chorale

Carissia Arrazolo
Catarina Contereras
Alexandra Dorantes
Lindsay Dove
McKenna King
Lizzie Marlow
Vilasini Nayar
Rachel Nightingale
Taylor Nguyen
Serena Park
Dominique Sharifi
Heather Stewart
Amruta Thuse
Meredith Winford

Jessica Dunlap
Claire Eastman
Rachel Fagerberg
Audrey Garza
Makenzie Gordon
Taylor Harr
Sophia Miller
Sarah Saldaña
Cecily Shield
Vaishnavee Sundararaman
Diana Velasquez
Cameron Weger
Samantha Zamarippa

Malachi Burke
Amrit Ghosh
Jade Granderson
Steve Ko
Ben Mera
Mizan Pervaiz
Jesse Rodriguez
David Roitberg
Nathan Rothe
Juaquin Salas
Anthony Yeh 

Preston Botik
Siyu Cao
Michael Follis
Luis Guerrero
Daniel Hopkins
Ethan Montez
Sebastian Morales
Louie Muñoz
Eric Newell
Nate Payan
Justin Phung
Nikos Warren
Xavier Williams

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Thomas Castillo
Alan Chen
Oliver Fiorello, concertmaster
Lindsey Kim
Adriana Rizk
Dawn Smith

Alexandra Dorantes
Luis Guerrero
Seva Joshi, principal
Gabi Mora
Jamey Strauss
Joyce Zhuang

Dilynn Derden
Caroline Hughes
Christina Liu, principal
Brianna Pellerin
Ashlyn Roberts
Audrey Sohn

Michael Chung
Andrew Dang, principal
Dolan Huwyler
David Miller

Garrett Jaynes

Maggie Chvatal, principal
Sophie Maness

Caroline Ferguson
Nico Shank, principal

Taylor Cox
Alex Vo, principal

Suhani Ramesh Kumar, principal
Gavin Remo

Benjamin Cummings, principal
Dhanush Jain

Nathan Harward
Luke Owens, principal

Preston Davis
Brandon Reyes, principal
Raj Sukumar

Matt Garcia

Sunbeam Choi

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