2010Rise Up, My Love
Donald Juran has been a chorister and occasional bass soloist with countless choral ensembles, large and small, in the Washington, DC area for 35 years. He began composing in 1980 after two years of part-time study at the music school of Catholic University. In 1998 he founded the Mishkan Torah (Greenbelt, MD) synagogue choir, which he briefly directed. His works include psalm settings, liturgical pieces, a setting of the Ezekiel Dry Bones prophecy, a song cycle on poems written by one of his sons, and a Hanukkah cantata on his own text, which was performed by the Arlington (Va.) Metropolitan Chorus in 2007. Rise Up, My Love was written in 2009 as a 40th anniversary present for his wife and sung to her by him and their two sons at a family reunion.