Psalms Project

The scope of the Soli Deo Gloria Psalms Project, during the initial three-year pilot, is to create a collection of fifteen contemporary choral works by the world's foremost composers, expressing the text of the Hebrew Psalter in the Western Art music tradition for a 21st-century audience.

The Psalms Project premieres, to date, include works by the following composers. Click the titles for more information and recordings.

Bannister, Peter
Psalm 96

Bryars, Gavin
Psalm 141

Ešenvalds, Eriks
Psalm 67

Grigorjeva, Galina
Bless the Lord, o my soul

Kellogg, Daniel
Preserve Me, O God

Kernis, Aaron Jay
Glorious Majesty

Lee III, James
Psalm 111

Metcalf, John

Panufnik, Roxanna
Love Endureth

Sandstrom, Sven-David
God Be Merciful

Wyner, Yehudi
The Lord is close to the heartbroken


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The Psalms Project is made possible
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Psalms Project Premiere in Naperville

Richard Dubugnon
Composer Richard Dubugnon

As one of the final four commissions in SDG's three-year Psalms Project pilot program, the world premiere of Swiss-French composer Richard Dubugnon’s Psalm 10 for a cappella choir will be premiered in Naperville, Illinois, by chamber choir Cor Cantiamo, conducted by Eric A. Johnson.

The concert, titled "Inspirited," will explore composers' efforts to understand the divine and create beauty in the world. The program will feature two additional works from the SDG Psalms Project—Gavin Bryars' Psalm 141 and Daniel Kellogg's Preserve Me, O God—plus poignant lamentations, such as Thomas Weelkes’ When David Heard.


Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Friday, November 7, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

36 N Ellsworth St, Naperville, IL 60540

General Admission, $15
Student Tickets, $8
Premiere Seats, $45 (front row seating, and post-concert reception)

PHONE: 630-718-2206
Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Composer Richard Dubugnon has served as the composer-in-residence with the Orchestre National de Montpellier (France) and has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the Purcell School in London. He has been involved in many educational projects in the U.K., the U.S., and France, and has created successful creative projects for children with difficulties and with no access to musical education. Dubugnon's works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, as part of the famous Young People’s Concerts series, the BBC Symphony at the 2012 Proms in London, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Orchestre National de France. His next projects include a commission for the Philharmonia Orchestra for their tour in Switzerland in the fall of 2015; a commission for Philippe Jordan and the Opéra de Paris; and a piano and violoncello concerto for Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Gauthier Capuçon. He is also a fine double bass player and is often sought after as a chamber musician.

Cor Cantiamo
Cor Cantiamo

Cor Cantiamo is a touring chamber choir in residence at Northern Illinois University. The mission of this accomplished, professional vocal ensemble, led by founding artistic director, Eric A. Johnson, is to perform contemporary choral music and foster new composers for the art form. Its members are professional musicians from the greater Chicago area.