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Dr. Harris Loewen (b. 1953 – BMus, UBC; DMA, U. Iowa), originally from Vancouver, is a former choral conductor, clinician and singer, who remains active as an arranger and composer. He was Associate Professor of Music at Brock University from 1987 to 2018. 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.

At Niagara Falls

by Harris Loewen

SATB with piano    –    CP 1649
TTBB with piano    –    CP 1719   – 3:30
Imagine waking to the roar of Niagara Falls, but hearing a robin’s sweet carol magically drown out the din.  This work suggests that, though we are surrounded by the “tumult of a noisy world,” it can be overcome by “a song of love and trust.”

Candles are Dancing

by Penny Blake and Harris Loewen

SSA with piano  –  CP 1489  – duration 2:30  
SATB with piano  –  CP 1412  – duration 2:30
TBB with piano  –  CP 1667  – duration 2:30
SA with piano  –  CP 1801 – 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.

Celtic Blessing

by Gail Poulsen, arr. Harris Loewen      

SATB with piano  –  –    CP 1488  -3:25
SAB with piano  –  –    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.

Don’t You Hear the Song?

by Harris Loewen      

TTBB with piano  –  –    CP 1687  -4:00
SSAA with piano  –  –    CP 1686
SATB with piano  –  –    CP 1685
SA with piano  –  – available upon request
Enter the mind of an ancient shepherd, near Bethlehem, struggling to understand strange sights and sounds in the sky.  Fear dissipates with the realization that comfort, joy and peace are born.  An easy, lyrical tune carries the text through several high points to a peaceful conclusion.

Holy, Holy is the Lord

by Harris Loewen

SSA with organ or piano    –    CP 1554   – 2:55
SB (two part) with organ or piano    –    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    –    CP 1583
TTBB with piano    –    CP 1714   – 3:30
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    –    CP 1574   – 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    –    CP 1573   – 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.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

by Harris Loewen

SA with piano – CP 1573 – duration 1:35
SATB with piano – CP 2306
SAB with piano – CP 2308
TBB/TBB with piano – CP 2307

A fresh sparkling and very clever arrangement from the pen of Dr. Loewen.
Engage your choral energies in this short and snappy arrangement of an old favourite. Four stanzas receive a variety of treatments for both voices and piano, leaving both performers and audience with a big Christmas smile.