Degree Name

Master of Music

Department or Program



Davenport, Susan G.


This document presents extended program notes on the graduate choral conducting recital of Nyghel J. Byrd entitled Prayer. This document consists of six chapters, which discuss historical and programmatic details of the pieces presented. This document includes the rehearsal process, programming difficulties as well as possible solutions. The selections include the following choral works and pieces: Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin, Abide with Me arranged by Moses Hogan, “Amen Chorus” from Messiah by George Fredrick Handel, Myél’s Mass by Myél Byrd, “Prayer Fixes Things” and “Campfire Prayer” from A Choral Triptych: Three Prayer Responses by Jason Max Ferdinand, and MLK arranged by Bob Chilcott.