Uprising is a tribute to the strength and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community and is inspired by and written in memory of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The music in this work moves from a dark and subdued interiority to music which is rich, full, and ebullient.

My own text commemorates the losses and prejudice members of this community experience, all while showcasing the vibrancy, love, and brilliance this community exudes in their diversity. It is written as a reminder to all people to shine brightly, and to allow others, who may be different, to shine in their own beautiful way.

Uprising was commissioned by and is warmly dedicated to Brett Scott and CCM Chorale.

Text by Nicolas Bizub

For wounds deep

From words’ cost


For blood spilled

From those lost


Let no life

Darken mine


Shine bright