Theodore (b.1972) has been composing and arranging for a little over seventeen years. The majority of his musical output has been sacred choral music. However, over the past few years he has been focusing more on writing for other instruments, particularly the piano. Theodore also dabbles in the world of electronic/mixed music. While completing his Bachelors in Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Theodore studied composition with Dr. Claude Baker, Professor of Music in Composition at Indiana University and former Composer-in-Residence with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He was selected to study counterpoint and composition at the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris, France, during the month of July 2005. His teachers included Dr. Philip Lasser, counterpoint; Michel Merlet and Narcis Bonet, composition. In May 2006, Theodore completed his Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Choral Studies and Composition at Webster University. His composition teachers at Webster included Professor Kim Portnoy and Professor Robert Chamberlin.

Theodore has taught beginning piano, music appreciation, music theory and directed choral ensembles at the middle school and high school levels. He joined the Greenleaf Singers (a St. Louis-based Early Music Vocal Ensemble) for its 26th season in August of 2001. For the 28th season, he took on the role as Greenleaf’s Artistic Director, a position he continues to enjoy. Theodore is also Co-Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, MO. On January 1, 2011, he began his Composer-in-Residence post with two St. Louis area churches as part of the Lutheran Church Composer-in-Residence Program which he recently established. Theodore also enjoys spending time with his two children.

Choral/Vocal Compositions

Lament for Our Cathedral - (1998 -- SATB a cappella)

Search for the Lost Children - (2001 -- SATB a cappella)

Brevis Cogitatio (a short meditation) - (2002 -- SSA a cappella)

Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant us Peace) - (2003 -- SSAA a cappella; SATB a cappella)

Lullaby - (2003 -- Soprano Solo with Harp)

Humpty Dumpty - (2003 -- SATB a cappella)

Amyntas with His Phyllis Fair - (2004 -- SATB a cappella)

Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella - (2004 -- SATB a cappella arrangement)

To Golgotha and the Cross - (2004 -- SATB Choir with Organ and Narrator)
- Commissioned by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, MO and was premiered on March 25, 2005

Sanctus - (2005 -- SATB a cappella)

Thank the Lord - (2007 -- SATB a cappella)

Psalm 23 - (2009 -- SAB Choir with Piano)

O Thou Who Kindly Dost Provide - (2009 -- SATB a cappella)

Twilight - (2009 -- Soprano Solo with Piano)

Beautiful One - (2010 -- Baritone Solo with Piano)

Jesus Is My Savior - (2012 -- Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, as a Round, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Jesus Is My Shepherd - (2012 -- Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Jesus Loves Me, I Will Praise Him – (2013 -- Voice and Piano)

lullay my liking – (2014 -- SSA a cappella) – written for and premiered by the women of the Greenleaf Singers

What Children Dream - (In Progress -- Song Cycle for Soprano Solo with Piano)

Instrumental Compositions

Duet for Flute and Calrinet - (1998-1999 -- Flute and Bb Clarinet)

Why War - (1999 -- Mixed Quintet - Flute, Bb Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano)

Ellie's Lullaby - (2003 -- 2 Flutes and Cello)

Seasons - (2003-2004 -- 2 Pianos)

R.S.S.R. - (2004 -- Oboe, Violin and Double Bass)
- Two Movements - "Random Structures;" "Structured Randomness"

Awake and Rejoice - (2006 -- Organ)

Bench Warmups - (2007 -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for exercises in the classroom

As Children Hear - (2008 -- Piano) - Collection of Six Nursery Rhymes

Le Jardin Éveille (The Garden Awakes) - (2009 -- Soprano Recorder and Cello or Harp)

La Danse de l'Elfe (The Dance of the Elf) - (2010 -- Soprano Recorder)

Dawn de Printemps (Springtime Dawning) - (2010 -- 2 Soprano Recorders)

Partita of Metanoia - (2011 -- Organ)

Jesus Is My Savior - (2012 - Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, as a Round, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Jesus Is My Shepherd - (2012 - Settings for Voice with keyboard accompaniment, Lead Sheet, SAB Choir, Piano, and Handbells)

Handbell Hymn Accompaniments for Three to Five Ringers – (2013-2014 -- Handbells)

Relaxation in the Classroom - (In Progress -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for relaxation exercises in the classroom

Electronic/Mixed Music

Birthday Fun! - (2004 -- MP3)

Cosmic Sparkle - (2004 -- MP3)

Experiment 2 - (2004 -- MP3)

Latin Roll - (2004 -- MP3)

Scary Mind - (2004 -- MP3)

Space Face - (2004 -- MP3)

A Taste of Latin - (2004 -- MP3)

Time to Sleep, NOT! - (2004 -- MP3)

Hush-a-bye Baby - (2005 -- MP3 & Video)

Scotland the Brave Remix - (2006 -- MP3)

Bench Warmups - (2007 -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for exercises in the classroom

Pavan Remix - (2009 -- MP3)

Relaxation in the Classroom - (In Progress -- Various Instrumental Combinations and Electronic/Mixed Music)
- Music Written, arranged, orchestrated and mixed for relaxation exercises in the classroom

Compositions

Awake and Rejoice



This piece for organ was written in honor of Reverend Ray Mirly's service to the Lord at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, MO. The music is celebratory and majestic in nature, a call for us to awake and rejoice in our faith. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music


Beautiful One



After about a month of searching, I found the perfect text to set for my wife’s and my 13th anniversary in 2010. I chose to interpret the text in the following way. At times, a couple can be closer than they ever thought possible or farther away from each other than they care to be. The music evokes the serenity, the angst and the joy two people have for each other through all aspects of life. Peace comes in knowing that God is ever present and that we will ultimately be at His feet when we depart in death. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music


Lullaby



Premiered at my Graduate Composition Recital at Webster University, April 3, 2005. The performers are Sarah D.- Soprano; Elizabeth G.- Harp. The text for this song was written by Renaissance poet Thomas Dekker (1571?-1641?). Again, my daughter was foremost in my mind when I composed this piece. The harp and soprano go back and forth on the text “rock them,” in a lilting, rocking manner creating a gentle imagery of a lullaby. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music


O Thou Who Kindly Dost Provide



The Greenleaf Singers premiered this piece at the Eliot Chapel Madrigal Dinners in December 2009. A tranquil setting of Robert Burn’s (1759-1796) text of a grace before dinner, this composition serves as a prayer of thanksgiving and request of the Lord’s blessings. Score may be purchased through: Journey Begun Music