Silent Dawn at the Winnipeg New Music Festival


I’m looking forward to hearing the Elmer Iseler Singers’ performance of “Silent Dawn” on Monday evening. This choir is absolutely brilliant. I wrote silent dawn in 2004, inspired by the stillness of new fallen snow in the early morning. It feels very appropriate to hear this piece in Winnipeg, especially when we’ve just experienced about a foot of fresh snowfall!

Here are a couple reviews from recent performances of EIS performing Silent Dawn…

Elmer Iseler Singers in Prince George BC, March 23:

“One of the truly beautiful pieces presented in this program, Silent Dawn, is a composition by Timothy Corlis. The composer’s intent was to convey the sensation experienced witnessing a winter morning just before sunrise. The words and music create that sense of stillness and inspire the audience to feel the sense of viewing an ethereal sky. The Elmer Iseler Singers performed the piece as one would imagine the composer could wish–with an encompassing sense of peacefulness and calm. “

— Valerie Giles, The Prince George Citizen

Elmer Iseler Singers in Vernon, BC, March 24:

“A haunting tribute to the experience of a winter morning just before sunrise, titled Silent Dawn by Timothy Corlis, captured the spirit of that overwhelmingly still, silent time utterly and captivated the audience entirely.”

 — Christine Pilgrim, Vernon Morning Star




2 replies on “Silent Dawn at the Winnipeg New Music Festival”

I was in the audience for the New Music Festival in Winnipeg when this piece was performed by the Elmer Iseler singers. For me it was absolutely a highlight of the festival. No one in the vicinity dared even move a muscle while it was sung, it was mesmerizing and inspiring. I’ve been trying to locate a recording of it since then!

Kevin – thank-you so much for this warm response! I really appreciate hearing from you and I’m glad you found the DaCapo recording. They were the very first choir to perform the piece in 2004.

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