"Searching Love" was commissioned by the Texas Choral Directors Association for the 2017 Convention, and was premiered by the Directors Chorus with conductor Lori Hetzel.
The SATB version was commissioned by the Colleyville Heritage Panther Chorale and director Thomas Rinn.
The human heart seeks to be known, understood, respected and loved. The poem was written in response to a photograph of an amazing woman; the photograph showed the beauty and power of the way she looks at people, the way she searches the heart and seeks what is truly within a person. This piece is a serene celebration of love's challenging gaze.
This is love's searching love,
this is the heart searching the heart,
this the heart seeking the heart’s music
and asking, do you know this music,
the power of the heart’s unfolding melody,
of the harmonies of our searching, hidden
in the tears and power of the eye?