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Rich Campbell

Rich Campbell is an award winning composer whose works  have been performed by prestigious ensembles including the Australian Boys Choir, Vocalessence, SACRA/PROFANA, Octarium, The Young People’s Chorus of New York, The Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova, Polyhymnia, Pacific Women’s Chorus, College of St. Rose Chamber Choir, San Francisco State Chamber Choir, St. Andrew’s College Chapel Choir, MIT Women’s Chorale, MYO Symphonic Choir, OAKE National Children's Choir, Philadelphia Center City Opera Theatre, Brass Initiative, C Street Brass and ensembles at Indiana State’s Contemporary Music Festival and the Southern ACDA Conference.

Choral Music by Rich Campbell

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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-011
SATB
4'20"
English
A setting of the brief yet powerful poem by Walt Whitman (from “Leaves of Grass”). The score takes its cue from the meditative nature of the text. There is a contemplative tone throughout, laced with subtle harmonies and perhaps inspired by the works of Randall Thompson. The score quietly expresses the expansive feeling one gets […]
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for TTBB choir a cappella
RCL-010
TTBB
3'15"
English
When I first discovered Charles Bernstein’s beautiful poem, I knew immediately that I wanted to set it for men’s chorus. The poem expresses so much within a brief, 4-verse form. I set out to use harmony to color the text’s rich imagery while honoring the poem’s lyrical and repetitive nature in the melody. The surprising […]
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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-006
SATB
5'
English
Apple Pie is a novel, fun, upbeat and humorous tale of two friends searching for their favorite dessert. It was the winner of the Wasatch Chorale Ars Nova Composition Competition; their call for scores asked for a piece suitable for an afternoon family concert. With a rollicking piano part moving it along, the chorus tells […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-024
SATB
3'15"
English
“Border” is an artistic response to the immigration/refugee crisis around the globe (especially in the United States). The opening passage is: “Border, sanctuary, asylum, bridges not walls.” The text draws from (and paraphrases) several sources: contemporary media, Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus,” the Bible’s Matthew 25:31-40, currency, and others. The changing meters of “Border” fill […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-002
SSA
4'
English
“Celebrate A New Day,” is an uptempo, rhythmic piece that was composed for the 75th Anniversary of the Australian Boys Choir. It is ideal for special occasions like graduations and is suitable for all young treble choirs, mixed children’s choirs, as well as boys and girls choirs. The work received the “Audience Favorite” award at […]
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for SSA choir and piano
RCL-012
SSA
3'
English
“Community of Unity” is an exciting and uplifting piece written specifically for civic and municipal events. Beginning with a lyrical, unison verse, the soundscape opens up to a chorus in 3 part harmony. A driving, rhythmic piano accompaniment propels the piece throughout. There is a 4 measure a cappella section near the end, and two […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-019
SA
3'
English
“Community of Unity” is an exciting and uplifting piece written specifically for civic and municipal events. Beginning with a lyrical, unison verse, the soundscape opens up to a chorus in 2 part harmony. A driving, rhythmic piano accompaniment propels the piece throughout. There is a 4 measure a cappella section near the end, and two […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-005
SATB
4'
English
“Coney Island,” was written by Pulitzer prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) and was first published in 1911 in the collection “Helen of Troy and Other Poems.”. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she lived for many years in New York City. My immigrant great-grandparents settled in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1890’s, and lived […]
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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-015
SATB
3'20"
English
“Entrance” is a new choral composition for SATB choir w/piano accompaniment. The inspiring, secular text is by Dana Gioia, former US poet laureate. It invites the listener to find new discoveries, new creations: “step out…. of the room that lets you feel secure. / Infinity is open to your sight.” With a jazz-influenced, uptempo piano […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-021
SATB
3'30"
English
Golden Apples Of The Sun (SATB, unaccompanied) is a joyful, rhythmic piece with lyrics inspired by a Yeats poem. Accessible, uptempo and exhilarating, it is ideal for civic events and celebrations. It is a dynamic work that is exciting for both performers and listeners. Winner of the Celebration Singers 80th Anniversary Composition Competition.
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-007
SATB
4'30"
English
The Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has a “Poetry in Motion” series that puts posters of poetry in subway cars. I was on the 1 train on Manhattan’s West Side one day when I saw the poem “Heaven,” by Patrick Phillips. I was immediately captured by the simple beauty of Patrick’s poem, and the […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-004
SATB
5'15"
English
“If Ever There Is” is a setting of “John’s Song,” by American poet Robert Creeley (1926-2005). The poem has a dedication to the poet John Taggart; the style of wordplay and repetition here can also be found in Taggart’s poetry. I hear it as a prayer for peace. In 1967 Creeley signed a “Writers and […]
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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-003
SATB
4'
English
2016 Idaho All-State, 2018 Arkansas All-State selection “If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free” was the winner of the San Diego choir SACRA/PROFANA’s 2014 composition competition. It’s an ideal piece for festivals and large ensembles, with a text that champions inner strength in the face of adversity. It has quickly become one of Campbell’s […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-016
SATB
3'35"
English
The text of “In Those Years, No One Slept” is a scene from a time of conflict/war, by Romanian-American immigrant Claudia Serea. The score is at once rhythmic and exciting, haunting and unsettling. It was a winner of the 2018 Uncommon Music Festival Composition Competition. It is accessible for all fine high school, collegiate and […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-020
SSAA
3'35"
English
This is the SSAA treble choir version of the award winning “In Those Years, No One Slept.” The text is a scene from a time of conflict/war, by Romanian-American immigrant Claudia Serea. The score is at once rhythmic and exciting, haunting and unsettling. It was a winner of the 2018 Uncommon Music Festival Composition Competition. […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-008
SATB
4'20"
English
THE SMALLEST SONG, a setting of a text by American poet Martha Collins, is a gentle piece, full of warmth and intimate emotion. The wordplay in the text is matched in the composition; phrases are slightly altered, inverted and developed as the work builds. Jazz-like harmonies infuse the piece with a soothing vitality throughout. “A […]
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for SA children's choir and piano
RCL-009
SA
3'10"
English
“The Wind” was commissioned by the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a result of Rich Campbell winning the Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize. The text is from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1885 A Child’s Garden of Verses. The choir begins by emulating the sound of the wind, and then sings directly to the wind, describing the […]
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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-027
SATB
4'30"
Composed to celebrate the centennial of Women’s Suffrage in America and to raise awareness of the continued struggle for civil rights, “These Walls Must Fall” is a vibrant, uptempo work championing social justice. The text includes quotes spoken by Suffragette leaders, lyrics used in rally songs over a hundred years ago and chants heard in […]
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for TTB choir a cappella
RCL-013
TTB
2'40"
English
“Voices Taking Flight” is an uptempo and energetic piece written for youthful male voices. It is rhythmic, dynamic, and contains accessible harmonies throughout. It’s a lively concert opener, appropriate for civic & community events and ideal for adding movement & choreography. The lyrics are empowering and inspiring. The ranges of each part are limited, making […]
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for treble choir and piano
RCL-018
SA
3'
English
“We Will Shine Like The Sun” is an uptempo, 2 part piece for treble voices. The empowering text inspires imagination with optimistic lyrics that are ideal for young singers. The score includes a driving piano accompaniment, a clapping section, and an optional tambourine part. The rousing ending makes it especially suitable as a program opener […]
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for treble and mixed choirs and piano
RCL-022
SA
SATB
3'
English
“We Will Shine Like The Sun” is an uptempo piece; this arrangement is for combined SA treble choir & SATB choir with piano accompaniment.. The empowering text inspires imagination with optimistic lyrics that are ideal for young singers. The score includes a driving piano accompaniment, a clapping section, and an optional tambourine part. The rousing […]
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for SAB choir and piano
RCL-023
SAB
3'
English
“We Will Shine Like The Sun” is an uptempo piece; this arrangement is for combined SA treble choir & SATB choir with piano accompaniment.. The empowering text inspires imagination with optimistic lyrics that are ideal for young singers. The score includes a driving piano accompaniment, a clapping section, and an optional tambourine part. The rousing […]
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for SSA women's choir
RCL-001
SSA
2'30"
English
“Winter Stars” was written by Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) and was first published in 1920 in the collection “Flame & Shadow.” She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, found acclaim while living in New York City, and became disillusioned in her later years. Perhaps she was writing this poem with World […]
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Music for Solo Piano by Rich Campbell

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for solo piano
3'15"
Writing this piece helped me cope with anxiety, living in NYC during the COVID19 crisis. Sirens, day & night. Wishing everyone safe passage through this storm. 4/20/20.
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Music for other instruments by Rich Campbell

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for flute and piano
Flute
3'25"
“Picnic” asks the mid-level flutist to interact with the score, to find the most naturally beautiful tone of their instrument which will bring the emotional core of the piece to life. The elements of “Picnic” will blossom when the musician strives and discovers an honest, heartfelt interpretation. “Picnic” was awarded 2nd place in the 2022 […]
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