Oh Day of Fire and Sun


Digital Score

Instrumentation: SATB divisi, unaccompanied

Duration: 4:30

Date of Completion: Fall 2014

SKU: MH0012 Category:
About the work​

An accessible piece for high school choir, Oh Day of Fire and Sun shimmers with fiery beauty and vivid text painting.

Written for the Greene Central High School Varsity Singers.


​Oh day of fire and sun,
Pure as a naked flame,
Blue sea, blue sky and dun
Sands where he spoke my name;

Laughter and hearts so high
That the spirit flew off free,
Lifting into the sky
Diving into the sea;

Oh day of fire and sun
Like a crystal burning,
Slow days go one by one,
But you have no returning.


In the spring semester of my second year teaching, I had the pleasure of directing an incredible group of singers. The love they showed one another and the musicality they poured into their music was overwhelming. It was seriously a one-of-a-kind ensemble.

Oh Day of Fire and Sun was a song written just for them. A simple gift for one of my most favorite semesters of my career as an educator.