The Uncommon Music Festival has commissioned Brooklyn-based composer Jonathan Woody to set "The Edge of a Season," a poem by author, educator and long-time Sitkan Carolyn Servid. The Festival's second annual commission is for vocal quartet and guitar.

We will perform "The Edge of a Season" at workshops and concerts throughout the Festival. See our Schedule of Events for more information.


The Edge of a Season

These days
when fog steals in off the ocean
to slip in and out of trees,
when mountains appear and disappear
like ghosts of some lost presence
and glassy water laps easily
at rocky shores,
these intermittent days of calm and silence
take us gently to the edge of a season
and catch us shifting uneasily, stepping back
to embrace remnants of summer light,
lingering spirits that play
in soft hues with this evening,
this balancing,
this slipping of time
past the persistence of a heart's fullness
that had us believing
we could have it all,
it would never end.

© Carolyn Servid

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Jonathan Woody is a versatile musician who works primarily as a performer of early and new music. An accomplished bass-baritone, Jonathan performs regularly with the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and with such ensembles as New York Polyphony, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, TENET and the Clarion Music Society. Established in the world of new music, Jonathan has premiered works in recent seasons by Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein, Du Yun, and Zachary Wadsworth, among others. He participated in the 2015-2016 American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice Forum, helping to craft new opera specifically written for his voice. As a composer, Jonathan draws inspiration from music of the Renaissance and Baroque, as well as contemporary minimalism. He has seen his works performed by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trident Ensemble and is thrilled to be the commissioned composer for this year's Uncommon Music Festival. Jonathan holds degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, and McGill University and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.