Female Mystics Commission - O My Friends What Can You Tell Me of Love

Please join us in commissioning a new piece in the song cycle "O My Friends What Can You Tell Me of Love" highlighting women around the world, from different time periods, and spiritual traditions. The new piece for SATB Chorus will be a setting of a  living Native poet.

- The commission will also include supplementary material about the poem and Native spirituality that can be used with your choir, audeince, or congregation.

- Delivery date of the piece will be spring 2020

- Premieres can take place between September 2020 and June 2021

- Vocal ensembles will be encouraged, but not required, to sing the other two pieces in the song song cycle

- "You Who Are Also There" and "O My Friends What Can You Tell Me of Love"

- The difficulty level of the piece will be moderately difficult

Please contact Catherine at for more information and to ask questions.

Walking Together

Walking Together weaves together words and newly composed music through a collaboration of musicians and readers representing our diversity . The program explores the intertwined topics of migration, immigration and ethnicity. 

Premiered: November 5, 2017, Wildwood Elementary School, Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Next Performace at the Schubert Club Courtroom at Landmark Center (Rm 317) in St. Paul, March 21, 2019 12:00-100pm

All music composed by Catherine Dalton to accompany prose and poetry from mutiple authors including Peter Blue Cloud, Kao Kalia Yang, and Naomi Shihab Nye

  • Readers: Stephanie Broussard, Rob Thomas, Lynnea Doublette, Chuck Martz, and Keanna Vang
  • Violin: Margaret Humphrey
  • Cello: Kirsten Whitson
  • Percussion: Bjorn Grina-Shay

Interested in hosting this program in your community or faith organization? We are currently scheduling events. Please contact Catherine for availability by clicking on the "Contact Catherine" tab above.

The commission and premiere of "Walking Together was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from The McKnight Foundation.



Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color...  

We are so pleased to announce we had a successful showing of "Bluets" on February 28 and March 3 at A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis! And I am excited to announce I am the recipient of a Minnesota State Art Board Artist Initiative Grant. Our next event will be a Staging Workshop in December 2018 at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. 

Thank you to everyone that came to see the showing. Thank you also to our donors who will help us continue this project, to those of you who bought unique blue items from the Silent Auction, and to everyone that stayed to share a glass of wine and conversation. We are so gratefull!

“Bluets,” based on MacArthur winnning author, Maggie Nelson's, book of the same name, takes advantage of Nelson’s at once, intimate, edgy, and profound text, tracing the emotional journey of a woman grappling with the universal experiences of loss, love and friendship - all expressed through various imaginings on the color blue.

  • Catherine Dalton, composer/librettist
  • Tamara Ober, choreographer/projection designer
  • Singers: Bethany Battafarano, Linda Kachelmeier, Alia Jeraj, Kim Sueoka, KrisAnne Weiss, Lizz Windnagel
  • The Band: Maja Radovanlija (electric guitar), Liz Draper (electric bass), Sarah Johnson (drum set)
  • Leslie O’Neill, dancer

This activity was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from The McKnight Foundation.


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