Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to announce new releases which include Still I Rise for SATB choir! (Yes. We finally listened to repeated requests and arranged it for mixed voices. Thank you for your patience and persistence!) JG2527

Get Busy!, a fun, uptempo and jazz-influenced octavo, for SATB chorus, piano, bass and drumset. I was fortunate to compose this work for Choirs of America, and conduct the premiere at Carnegie Hall, sung by over 600 high school singers. Hinshaw HMC2559

Swing Low: A Spiritual Medley (Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Deep River; Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen), for SSA and piano. This work was commissioned for the 20th anniversary of the Girls Choral Academy, Grand Rapids, MI. You can check it out at: https://www.jwpepper.com/Swing-Low%3A-A-Spiritual-Medley/10981282.item#/

When I Sing, 3-Part Treble with piano and optional hand percussion, was commissioned by the American Composers Forum. The lyrics were written in collaboration with the singers of the Auburn Junior High School “Elites,” and was premiered by this group, under the direction of Teresa Rhyne. This fun song includes solfege and opportunities for creativity through circle singing.

Nino Precioso, is a 2-Part arrangement of the traditional Nicaraguan folk song, with piano and hand percussion. This song can be sung at Christmas or year-round.



Christus Natus Est, SATB and piano (or orchestra).
African American poet Countee Cullen is the text source for this musical work which captures a flavor that respects the difficulties of the African American heritage. The title is used as a litany response to other words that lift up the downtrodden in stark words without apology. This work is a wonderful and powerful statement in so many different ways. It can be sung at Christmas or at anytime during the year.


Most recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing the great work of high school choral directors and their fine singers as conductor of the Tennessee All-State SSAA Chorus. As well, it was wonderful to be a co-headliner with Andrea Ramsey for the Massachusetts ACDA Summer Conference, and to narrate “The Cry of Jeremiah” at Westminster Choir College, my alma mater. Many thanks to Dr. Philip Silvey, Director and the Eastman School of Music/Univ of Rochester Women’s Chorus for a fabulous composer-in-residence and concert of my works!

Thank you so very much for your support! I wish you much success, fulfillment and joy in all of your music making!

Peace and Joy,