Listen: Mass for All Saints

I. "Asperge Me," Mass for All Saints

V. "Communion," Mass for All Saints

From the archival recording of the world premiere, performed by Millennium Chamber Players, Jennifer Macfarlane-Haworth, Joanna Wernette and Brad Jungwirth, soloists, under the direction of Robert Katkov-Trevino.

For information on performing this work or obtaining a perusal score, please contact SDG.

World premiere of Banck's Mass for All Saints, St. John Berchman Church, Chicago

















The music of Chicago-based composer Jacob Bancks (b. 1982, Fairmont, Minnesota) has been described as “invitingly lyrical” and “colorfully orchestrated” (The New York Times). Recent works have been commissioned and premiered with the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Cantori New York, pianist Daniel Paul Horn, and marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura.

Other  commissions and performances have come from the Annapolis Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony/Soli Deo Gloria, the International Double Reed Society, the Millennium Chamber Players, the Hanson Institute for American Music, and The Commission Project. His music has been performed by oboist Gordon Hunt, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Lute Song Project, OSSIA New Music, and many others.

A 2008 recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, his other prizes include two BMI Student Composer Awards, a Century Fellowship (University of Chicago), the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (Eastman), first prize in the Minnesota Music Teachers’ Association annual competition, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a nomination for the Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize.

Bancks’ SDG-commissioned piano concerto Lumen de Lumine (“Light from Light") received its premiere by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in March 2008, conducted by SDG board member Delta David Gier.

Mass for All Saints

Jacob Bancks
Mass for All Saints

Mixed chorus (SATB), soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone soloists
& chamber orchestra
DURATION: 35 minutes
TEXT: from the Roman Missal
Six-movement mass inspired by religious art depicting images
of all the saints gathered in heaven.




World Premiere
September 2009
Millennium Chamber Players
Jennifer Macfarlane-Haworth, Joanna Wernette and Brad Jungwirth, soloists
Robert Katkov-Trevino, conductor
St. John Berchmans Church
Chicago, IL

  Fra Angelico's 'All Saints' 

Soli Deo Gloria commissioned award-winning composer Jacob Bancks to write a six movement mass for choir, soloists and chamber orchestra. Meditative, celebratory, reverent and joyous, Bancks’ work is inspired by images of all the saints gathered in heaven: “…and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne" (Revelation 7:9)

Inspired by religious art depicting this “great multitude” from the Book of Revelation, Bancks reflected on the inspiration behind his Mass for All Saints:

"Artistic depictions of the saints intrigue me to no end. In my work as a church musician in the Archdiocese of Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to see scads of religious art, good and bad, at dozens of parishes. While statues, paintings, and stained glass windows of individual saints can be interesting in themselves, I personally find any representation of a host of saints — all the saints — overwhelmingly fascinating. Rather than replicating their earthly lives (like the ubiquitous statues of St. Francis of Assisi, animals in tow), depictions of all the saints show them gathered in the afterlife, a motley crowd of extremely diverse, extremely imperfect people from every era, nation and race.”—Jacob Bancks

In the days leading up to the premiere, Soli Deo Gloria CEO Chandler Branch had a chance to speak with composer about his inspiration as a composer and his emotional connection to the work.