Going Home

Nicholas White's arrangement of Dvorak's luscious and emotionally charged melody from The New World Symphony.

Full Freedom

Commissioned by The Choral Arts Society, Washington DC, for the 2002 MLK Day Concert at The Kennedy Center.

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From Earth To Heaven

commissioned by Christian Lane & Jolle Greenleaf

Six Middle English Lyrics for Soprano & Organ

1. Cuckoo Song

2. I Have A Yonge Suster

3. Say Me Wight In The Broom

4. I Sing Of A Maiden

5. Adam Lay Bound

6. Corpus Christi Carol

The Lord Is My Shepherd (Solo)

The solo version of this setting of Psalm 23, in Fred Bassett's translation, predates the choral version.

A Ston Easton Serenade

This organ solo was written for the wedding of Janine White and Angus Lavery, and takes its name from the English village where their wedding took place.

My Mother's Shadow​

Commissioned by Angelo Cicolani, who also wrote the lyrics, for a concert at Dumbarton Concerts, Washington, DC on March 21, 2015 (J.S. Bach's date of birth!) and based on the 4th cello suite of Bach, My Mother's Shadow is a blending of Bach's music with a contemporary twist.


A piece for solo horn and piano, written for Sam White's senior recital at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX.

Regret Not Me

Commissioned by John and Susanne Potts for The Boston Cecilia, this is Nicholas White's setting of the poignant poem by Thomas Hardy.


Master Of Music

​Written in honor of David and Judy Seaton, Master Of Music is a setting of the Henry Van Dyke poem, and is scored for three soloists (SAB) and piano.

Commissioned by The Granite State Choral Society, Rochester, NH, in celebration of their city. The lyrics were written by members of the chorus.

The Raven

A musical setting of Edgar Allen Poe's poem in its entirety, for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, string quartet and piano. 

See a perusal score: HERE

Read a program note: HERE

Read a review of the first performance: HERE

  1. Darkness
  2. A Visitor
  3. Lenore 1
  4. Nevermore
  5. Lamp-Light
  6. Lenore 2
  7. Prophet
  8. Shadow

Moon River

Nicholas White's luscious 8-part a cappella arrangement of Henry Mancini's great tune from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's.

Immensity Cloistered

Written for Ryland Angel, Immensity Cloistered is a setting of two poems by John Donne, and is scored for solo countertenor with strings and chamber organ.

The Skylark

Commissioned by Lyric Fest (Philadelphia) for the Pennsylvania Girl Choir, this is a gently lyrical setting of Christina Rossetti's poem for three part treble voices.

Edward Lear Songs

Lighthearted and sophisticated musical settings of Edward Lear's nonsense rhymes.

Available for SATB Chorus, Treble Voices, or Solo Voice and piano.​ Click on the titles below to see perusal scores of each movement.

  1. The Ahkond Of Swat
  2. A Limerick
  3. The Jumblies
  4. ​The Owl And The Pussycat

On Dreams Alone

​A sweeping musical tale of love and dreams, with poetry by Bridges, Fitzgerald, O'Shaughnessy, Poe and Rossetti.

These songs have been written over the course of the last 25 years, and there are plans to perform the entire cycle in 2017.

The 13 movements are scored in various combinations for two contrasting soprano voices, contralto, tenor and bass, with piano. Click on the titles below to see perusal scores of each movement.

  1. Overture
  2. Dream-Love Interlude One
  3. The Music Makers​
  4. Dream-Love Interlude Two
  5. Twilight
  6. Dream-Love Interlude Three
  7. A Dream
  8. Dream-Love Interlude Four
  9. On Dreams Alone
  10. Serenade
  11. Dream-Love Interlude Five
  12. Dream Land
  13. ​Nightingales