I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day was commissioned by Carole Thibodeaux for the San Francisco Girls Chorus. It was premiered December 2003 in Lafayette, CA. The text is taken from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
“I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” possesses an invigorating yet subtle rhythmic vitality achieved through masterful juxtaposition of simple and compound meters as well as a preponderance of witty voice-crossings."— Sean Burton, Choral Journal