Daniel Kellogg
Children of God

Children’s chorus, soprano & alto soloists, string quartet & piano
DURATION: 18 minutes
TEXT: selected scripture passages, hymn texts,
and poetry by Jill Peláez Baumgartner
A vocal celebration of children, based on stories of children in the Bible.

 

 

 

World Premiere
March 2004
College Church Treble Choir
The Azmari String Quartet
Robin Wiper, soprano
Denise Gamez, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Paul Horn, pianist
Charles King, conductor
College Church
Wheaton, IL

In 2004, Soli Deo Gloria celebrated the world premiere of Children of God, an SDG-commissioned work for soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, children's choir, string quartet and piano. Children of God was written by American composer Daniel Kellogg.

This piece celebrates children in many ways, incorporating poetry by Dr. Jill Palaez Baumgaetner, Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), as well as passages of scripture and several hymn texts.

I. Matthew 18:3-4

        “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
        you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
        Whoever humbles himself like this child
        is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (ESV)

II. Isaac (Genesis 22)

III. “Golden Harps Are Sounding”

IV. Jephthah’s Daughter (Judges 11-12)

V. “Alleluia”

VI. Samuel (I Samuel 1-3)

VII. “Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned”

VIII. Mary (Luke 1)

IX. The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (Isaiah 11:6-10)

        “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
        and the leopard shall lie with the goat,
        and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
        and a little child shall lead them.” (ESV)

“Children of God is a piece celebrating God’s children through stories of children in the Bible … The penultimate text speaks of Mary’s willingness to bear the infant Messiah… Interspersed throughout these poems are simple hymn texts written for two-part children’s choir.”—Daniel Kellogg, program notes

Children of God  was premiered at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, under the direction of Charles King.