Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


School of Music


Music Performance

First Advisor

Larry Wyatt


Conrad Susa (b. 1935) is an American composer who has contributed over thirty choral works that are of high quality incorporating texts written by well-known literary figures. His choral works are usually spiritual in nature though not strictly liturgical. Discovery and Praises is a presently unpublished cantata in four movements for mixed chorus, solos for two sopranos, an alto, a tenor, and a baritone. The accompaniment is scored for organ, harp, percussion, flute and handbells. Susa chose to set ancient poetry by Caedmon, Wipo of Burgundy, John Donne, and St. Patrick. Although the piece was composed in 1966 and revised in 1970, the focus of this study is the second revision completed in 1986. The purpose of this study is to bring to light an unpublished twentieth-century choral work by a significant American composer.


© 2013, Keith Harry Walker