Stokes' choral music often explores peace, celebration, reflection, and ritual.
SATB (and TTBB, and SSSAAA):
Commissioned and premiered with Vox Humana, Victoria BC. See Cypress for more details.
How Can We Be Down
Premiered at Kathuamixw 2014. Written for massed mixed choirs (700 singers), rhythm section, horn section, and 80 ukuleles.
Dona Nobis Pacem
Premiered at Kathuamixw 2012. Imagine a kitchy groovy Dave Brubeck-inspired 5/8 groove with finger snaps and more, with a message of peace in English and Latin, sung by hundreds and hundreds of singers.
High-energy SATB with plenty of divisi. Runner up at DaCapo annual choral composition competition 2012. Premiering spring 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta
SATB - commissioned by the Powell River Academy of Music and premiered Kathaumixw 2010 for massed adult choirs. Gospel-style piece with rhythm section. Second performance at Festival 500 in 2011, Halifax.
Available through Cypress Music.
Missa Brevis Pro Serveto
SATB/piano or ensemble (piano, flute, clarinet, horn in F, violin, cello, percussion)
25 minute mass commissioned by Unitarian Church with funding from American Fund for Unitarian Universalism Text by Rev. Francis Dearman.
SATB - Great for youth or adult choir. Voices mimic upbeat Cuban rhythms. Available through Cypress Music.
SSATBB - Good for youth or adult choir. Yet to be premiered.
Find Your Fortune
SSATBB - Part of BC150 song set commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre. Available in the set or individually from the CanadianMusic Centre
SATB - Difficult. Premiered in Normandy, France 2007-a mixture of Innuit throat singing sounds and traditional harmony. A bit of a work out to learn techniques, and a highly effective and highly unusual rhythmic piece.
SATB-SATB (double choir) - Premiered by the Vancouver Bach Choir. A very slow work that is more difficult than it looks. Peaceful.
SATB - A modern traditional short work
SATB - Based on the history of the Bamfield telegraph station.A good work out and education for youth choirs with good rhythm. Contains some morse code.
The Spacious Firmament (Anthem for Kathaumixw)
SSA and SATB versions with piano or full orchestra. Reads like a hymn, based on the Addison text, regularly sung by massed choirs for Kathaumixw opening and closing ceremonies. Available through Cypress Music. Sample score and recording are online.
SATB and String Quartet - This is a 20 min work with varied movements, sting interludes, some minor solo work as well. Recorded on "Live In Prague" CD available through Canadian Music Centre. Can be performed either a cappella or with string quartet.
SATB, flute, alto solo - This is a 20 minute modern work based on First Nations tonalities and myths with chants and a duet movement. Flute part can be substituted on violin.
Spikenard and Saffron
SATB, cello and mezzo soprano, piano. - This tonal work pairs the mezzo soloist with cello, eventually the choir joins. based on sacred text.
SATB - Currently in revision
SATB - Currently in revision. This work in five movements chronicles the composer’s early memories in Desolation Sound and Powell River areas.
The Black Robes
SATB, hand drum - Currently in revision. This piece chronicles the arrival of the first landings of the missionaries in the Sliammon area.
SATB, organ, brass quintet - Commissioned by the Victoria Choral Society and revised for a BC ChorFest feature.
TTBB - Premiered in Cornwall (UK) 2007A moderately easy, fun strophic piece from the west coast of Canada.Available through Cypress Music. Sample score and recording are online.
Hear My Prayer LISTEN
SSSAAA - Commissioned by Festival Vancouver and recorded by Elektra Women's Choir - available on "Legacy" CD through CMC
SA. SSA, SSAA:
Blue Green Water
SSA + alto solo - Premiered at Kathuamixw 2012 by young Coast Salish singer Ta’kaiya and all the children’s choirs at Kathaumixw. This piece is about the beauty of the pristine areas of our west coast and how vital they are.
SSA - Based on Australian skipping rhymes & American hip hop rhythms. Premiere: Eltham, Australia, 2011Commissioned by Anne Williams and the Eltham East Primary School Choir, Melbourne, Australia. Text developed by Anne Williams, the Eltham East Primary School Choir, and the composer.
SSAA - Commissioned by Julia Foruria, Gaudeamus Korala, Basque country. Based on ancient folklore.
La Cigale et la Fourmi
SSA - written for the SWICCO conducting seminar in Orebro, Sweden, Spring 2011.Published in France by À Coeur Joie
Jai Jai Jai
SSA - premiered Kathaumixw 2010 for massed childrens choirs. Bollywood-style with optional tablas and rhythm section.
SA - Premiered at Vancouver 2010 Olympics about ski jumping. Commissioned by VANOC.
SSAA - based on Basque witching stories. Commissioned by Julia Foruria, Gaudeamus Korala, Basque Country.
SSAA - Premiered by the Victoria Children's Choir and by the Eltham East Primary School Choir. Based on nonsense words that mimic electronica and techno music.
SSA- Premiere: Eltham, Australia, 2006. Commissioned by Anne Williams and the Eltham East PrimarySchool Choir, Melbourne, Australia. Stand-alone, or part of a three movement set with composers Olli Kortekangus, Finland, and Stephen Leek, Australia. The stand-alone version available from the CanadianMusic Centre.
SSA and handbells - Published in the U.S. by Colla Voce Music. A serene short work popular with school choirs. Often performed in the Christmas Season.
SA w/optional B - Commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre and currently under revision.
SSA and orchestra or piano - Premiered in Hiroshima, and represented Canada at an international recognition ceremony. Currently under revision.