Christmas Cantata Premiered

After attending the European-American Musical Alliance’s summer program at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, in the summer of 2012, a fellow classmate there commissioned me to write a Christmas cantata. The work was commissioned by conductor Slade Trammel and his Luminary United Methodist Church Choir, and is scored for full choir, solo violin, organ, and piano. The libretto comprises the birth narratives from the gospels of Matthew and Luke united together.

The work was first performed on Sunday, December 16th, in Ten Mile, Tennessee. It was conducted by Slade Trammell.

You can hear it all at the following link!

Hear The Christmas Cantata Here!

A video link of the performance will be uploaded shortly as well.

Thanks to all who helped make it happen!

Martin Connor is a music teacher & writer from Philadelphia, PA, with a music degree of high distinction from Duke University who is currently studying for a master’s degree at Brandeis University in Boston, MA, while focusing his research on the vocal melodies of the rap genre. He has contributed freelance articles to HipHopDX, Complex, and Pigeons and Planes, and had multiple articles from his website, go viral on BET, The Source, XXL, and MTV. He teaches rap lessons online through the music school LessonFace, and has a book, The Artistry Of Rap Music, forthcoming from the McFarland Publishing House, scheduled for release in late 2017, as a follow-up to his 2014 contribution to their anthology "Eminem & Rap, Poetry, Race." He welcomes all comments, compliments, insults, and restaurant suggestions at

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