Harris Loewen


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Harris Loewen (BMus, UBC; DMA, U. Iowa), originally from Vancouver, is a former choral conductor, clinician and singer, who remains active as an arranger and composer.  During his career, he performed as a chorister, baritone soloist and/or conductor with professional and amateur choirs in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and also served as a pop and jazz vocalist in various settings.  Dr. Loewen is the founder of both the Niagara Vocal Ensemble and Avanti Chamber Singers (Ensemble-in-Residence at Brock University), as well as former conductor of the Brock University men's, women's and mixed choruses.  With these choral ensembles he has released five recordings in the Voices of Niagara CD Series, featuring the works of Niagara composers, including some of his own pieces.  Although retired from performance, he still teaches conducting at Brock University, where he has served as Associate Professor since 1987.

Candles are Dancing by Penny Blake and Harris Loewen

SATB    $2.35    CP 1412 
   (see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:30

This lively part song, about the allure of flickering candles, dances in triple meter.  It is especially suitable for Christmas or Chanukah, but can be performed anytime.  The variety of available voicings makes this accessible for almost any choral ensemble.

Also available in SA, SAA, or TBB - upon request.

Celtic Blessing   by Gail Poulsen, arr. Harris Loewen     

SATB with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1488
    (listen here and view the score)  3:25

SAB with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1557

The lyrics for this work expand upon the familiar Irish Blessing, with several new stanzas offering a wish for peace, joy, hope and love.  This arrangement includes a hint of gospel-style choral writing, and features Celtic-flavored instrumental parts.

Holy, Holy is the Lord  by Harris Loewen

SSA with organ or piano    $2.25    CP 1554 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:55

SB (two part) with organ or piano    $2.25    CP 1555

This setting of the text from Revelations can be used as an anthem, processional, or concert piece.  The stately work begins with an arpeggio melody in a 2-part canon, supported by an ostinato keyboard part.  The middle section introduces a unison melody that expands briefly to four parts before returning to the opening melody, now set in a 3-part canon.

Peaceful Niagara  by Harris Loewen

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1583 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:30

TTBB with piano available - in progress

Sail the Niagara River and Lake Ontario in this lyrical part-song, celebrating the lasting peace between neighbor nations.  The high point of this work serves as a tribute to US and Canadian heroes of the War of 1812.

Singing, God Gives Me a Melody  by Harris Loewen

SATB with piano    $2.25    CP 1574 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:15

This composition was first heard in coffeehouses, during the 1970’s. Harris created a real beauty - a song of praise - which is finally becoming know to choirs so many years later.

Singing, Life Gives Me a Melody  by Harris Loewen

SATB with piano    $2.25    CP 1573 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:15

The act of singing is a wonderful way to lift the human spirit and promote loving interactions with the world.  This composition celebrates the joy of living.