Shine On, O Moon of Summer (2010)


Shine On was commissioned by the Children’s Aid Society of New York City.

It was premiered by The Women’s Voices Chorus of North Carolina with Allan Friedman conducting.


Shine On was performed by The Walden School Women’s Chorus in 2013 with Sarah Riskind conducting.


It was performed by Amherst Central High School (NY) in 2013 with Justin Pomietlarz conducting.


  1. SSA choir

  2. piano

Words by Carl Sandburg

Duration: 4 minutes


Shine on, O moon of summer.

Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,

All silver under your rain tonight.

An Italian boy is sending songs to you tonight from an accordion.

A Polish boy is out with his best girl; they marry next month; tonight they are throwing you kisses.

An old man next door is dreaming over a sheen that sits in a cherry tree in his back yard.

The clocks say I must go—I stay here sitting on the back porch drinking white thoughts you rain down.

Shine on, O moon,

Shake out more and more silver changes.

                                                               --Carl Sandburg

Shine On, O Moon of Summer

The Women’s Voices Chorus of North Carolina

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