Christina Whitten Thomas
Christina Whitten Thomas’s music has been described as “intimate,” “uplifting,” and “an intoxicating blend of the sensual and the spiritual.” She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Middlebury College in 2002 and her Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 2005. Ms. Whitten Thomas is an active composer, vocal soloist, and piano and voice teacher.
Snow Change - Vanguard Premieres Contest 2008 (Honorable Mention)
In her poem Snow Change, Harriet Miller Hight captures the magical transformation of a cold, gray December night into a glorious winter morning. In a time of short days and dark nights, a snowfall brightens the land as well as our spirits, giving “new birth” to a frozen and lifeless world, symbolizing hope for the holiday season.
The piece opens, a cappella, in a contemplative mood. After the choir voices fade into the hushed nighttime air, the piano enters alone, as if to invoke the first few flakes of the oncoming gale. One by one the voices come in, swirling around each other, building in intensity, until they come together to announce the transformation of Earth from darkness to “dazzling white.” (Notes by the composer, 2008)