Daniel Kellogg
Preserve Me, O God

Mixed chorus (SATB), a cappella
DURATION: 6 minutes
TEXT: Psalm 16
Choral work with intimate harmonies expressing quiet prayer,
cries for mercy and bright hope. Psalms Project commission




World Premiere
November 1, 2009
Wheaton College Concert Choir
Paul Wiens, conductor
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL

  Poster for the premiere of Preserve Me, O God

Daniel Kellogg’s choral work Preserve Me, O God was the first installment in SDG’s Psalms Project, a multi-year project supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc. to commission today’s leading composers to create works based on the Psalms, suitable for fine church choirs.


“Daniel Kellogg … is one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic.”—The Washington Post


Psalm 16 was chosen as the inspiration for Preserve Me, O God at the suggestion of Dr. Howard Matson, in whose honor the piece was commissioned. A retired pastor and man of enduring faith, Dr. Matson clung to the words of Psalm 16 in an intense way over a period of several years as he battled a life-threatening lung disease: "Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge" (16:1). He celebrated this Psalm after a successful lung transplant and is now able to enjoy breathing freely.

Audience members who heard the premiere were deeply moved:


“Preserve Me, O God is one of the most exquisitely beautiful pieces I have heard in a long time. It was so eloquently sung that I felt absolutely transported into the very presence of God. There was a "hush" over the audience that you could almost ‘hear’ in its intensity. It made me not want to even take a breath so as not to interrupt the sacredness of the moment. The choir captured the dynamics of the piece which was so crucial in the effect and the rendering of the message of Psalm 16. A hauntingly beautiful and ethereal composition.”


"I thought the Kellogg piece was WONDERFUL! It is a beautiful setting of a wonderful text - lovely, lush chords and tender as well as dramatic dynamics. I need to hear it again.”


"I left the concert with a blessed feeling.... music and words were so rich. Truth expressed in music is mighty."


Wheaton College Concert Choir  

The world premiere was performed by the Wheaton College Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Paul Wiens.