Becoming the Ocean


SATB Choir (divisi), piano, & suspended cymbal

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The Story

"Becoming the Ocean" is a meditation on fear with a text by the Lebanese-American writer Kahlil Gibran. Using the metaphor of a river entering the sea, Gibran reminds us of the power of community, of joining together with others to become more powerful, more capable, and more loved than we are on our own.

SATB Choir (divisi), Piano, & Suspended Cymbal




Riverside City College Chamber Singers, John Byun, conductor, for their performance at the 2024 ACDA Western Region Conference.



Fear by Kahlil Gibran (adapt. Runestad)

It is said that before entering the sea,
a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains
to the long-winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter it
she might disappear forever.

There is no other way.
The river can not go back.

No one can go back.

The river must take the risk
of entering the ocean;
only then will fear disappear.
That's when the river will know
it's not disappearing into the ocean,
but becoming the ocean.




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