Commissioned by Valencia High School Choirs to be premiered at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2022, "I Believe" is an empowering piece written from the perspective of students working to persevere and find strength through difficult times. The piece was composed and co-arranged by VHS choir director Christine Tavares-Mocha and it incorporates audience participation on a simple phrase taught to the crowd at the start of the piece. The arrangement features opportunities for multiple soloists and a treble trio of voices for a few strong phrases. Written for choir with piano-only accompaniment, this arrangement is particularly intended for traditional choirs. "They keep telling us we're the future, but we are NOW!"
Fully-notated piano part
Commissioned by Valencia High School Choirs (CA), Christine Tavares-Mocha, dir. (2022)