Psalms Project Choral Work Premieres in Indianapolis

James Lee

Soli Deo Gloria is pleased to announce the world premiere of Psalm 111 by James Lee. Written for mixed chorus and orchestra, the work is part of SDG’s ongoing Psalms Project and will be premiered by the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra at the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 19, 2013.

Dr. James Lee, III, is a “gifted young composer” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In recent years, his compositions have been premiered at Tanglewood and The Kennedy Center, and reviewers have described his music as:


“bright, pure music”—Washington Post

 “tonal, but highly complex”—South Florida Classical Review

 “vibrant [and] richly layered”—Baltimore Sun

SDG's Psalms Project, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., is entering its final year of a three-year pilot initiative. One of the goals of the project is to encourage exploration of the contemporary relevance of the Psalms. To that end,  Psalms Project composers are invited to visit participating institutions to dialogue with pastoral leaders, members of the congregation and musicians. Dr. Lee has worked on site with the Sanctuary Choir in preliminary rehearsals will be in residence for the premiere.

  Michelle Louer
  Dr. Michelle Louer

Dr. Michelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church, leads the Sanctuary Choir, which is comprised of over 90 volunteer members, supported by professional singers. The choir has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s foremost choral ensembles and has also presented concerts at such venues as St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and St. Martin’s in the Fields, London.

The world premiere of Psalm 111 on Saturday, October 19, 2013, is part of the Second Presbyterian Church’s 175-year anniversary celebration. Admission is free and all are welcome.



James Lee, III

Psalm 111

October 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

(pre-concert conversation with James Lee III at 6:15, Milner Chapel)

Second Presbyterian Church

7700 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46260


Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra  
Second Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra  
Michelle Louer, conductor  

In addition, Psalm 111 will be performed at both the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 20, 2013. For more information, please visit the Second Presbyterian website or call 317-253-6461.