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A Canadian-born composer, Joy DeCoursey-Porter began composing and arranging in college as needed for various groups within her school and church. Relatively new to the professional composing world, since 2011, she has had her pieces performed and well received throughout the world. Her works have placed in the American Prize, been endorsed by Project Encore, the ChoralNet Silver Platter Awards, and have received special mention in the ChoralNet Spotlight blogs.

Her intermediate level piano pieces for students have received mention in Tempo Magazine in British Columbia. Many of hers works can be found through MusicSpoke.

She is the resident composer for the 2018-19 season for the Cascadian Chorale, located in Seattle.


I Shall Not Live in VainVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 1:02  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Emily Dickinson  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Graduation, Lent, Memorial Services  Descriptive Terms: Benediction, Hope, Love, Quasi-spiritual, Short  First Performance: Jun 02, 2019: Cascadian Chorale, Gary Cannon, Bellevue, Washington Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 69/1021~2019-Q4)
MondnachtVoicing: SSAATTBB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:35  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Joseph Freiherr Von Eichendorff  Language: German  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Memorial Services, National Holidays, Thanksgiving  Descriptive Terms: Flight, Memorium, Nature, Peace, Soul  First Performance: Mar 16, 2013: The Cascadian Chorale, Gary D. Cannon, St. Thomas, Medina, Bellevue, WA Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 69/70)
Christi crux est mea luxVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Soprano, Alto  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: armorial motto  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Hanukah, Christmas, Communion, Easter, Good Friday, Memorial Services, Passover  Descriptive Terms: Christ, Courage, Hope, Light, Triumph  First Performance: Mar 01, 2015: OBANDES, Kokoro Takano, Tokyo- Haru Kon Youth Choir Competition Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 69/291~2015-Q2)
Miserere mei DeusVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Alto  Accompaniment: Piano  Performance Length: 4:26  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Psalm 51  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Lent, Memorial Services, Spring  Descriptive Terms: Forgiveness, Hope, Lamentation, Praise  First Performance: Dec 06, 2015: Kirkland Choral Society, Glenn Gregg, Bastyr Chapel, Kirkland WA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 69/606~2017-Q2)
In Deo sola spec meaVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:32  Notation: Standard  Text Source: LV Psalm 72  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Lent, Passover, Spring  Descriptive Terms: Celebration, Hope, Praise  First Performance: Apr 07, 2018: Vox16, Markdavin Obenza, Trinity Parish Church, Seattle, WA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 69/804~2018-Q2)
Ave Verum CorpusVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: 14th century Eucharistic chant  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Christmas, Easter, Good Friday  Descriptive Terms: Chant, Hope, Monastic, Sacrament, Solemn  First Performance: Dec 09, 2018: Notevolmente, Marco Schunnach, Church of St. Agnese in Agone; Rome, Italy Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 69/901~2019-Q1)
There Was the OneVoicing: SSATB  Solo(s): Alto, Tenor  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 6:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Wessobrunn Prayer, Part 1  Language: English, Latin, German, Spanish  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Easter, Memorial Services, Spring, Winter  Descriptive Terms: Contemplative, Ethereal, God, Macaronic, Monastic, Mystical  First Performance: Apr 22, 2017: Cascadian Chorale, Gary Cannon, Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, Washington Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 69/695~2017-Q3)
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