150 member all-volunteer symphonic choir. Recognized as the principle chorus of the Florida Orchestra and Artist-in-Residence of the School of Music at the University of South Florida.
"We Can Mend the Sky" by Jake Runestad commissioned for The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Performed by The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Dr. James K. Bass conductor on April 26, 2014 at the USF School of Music Concert Hall in Tampa, Florida A note from the composer, Jake Runestad: My sister is an English teacher at the Minnesota International Middle School in Minneapolis which provides a safe and inclusive environment for East African immigrant students to learn (many of whom are Somali). Most of these students came to the USA to escape the violent civil war that has plagued Somalia since 1991. Seeking a better life for their children, these students' parents risked their lives to come to the USA - a valiant act of love. I wanted to tell their story through music and so I asked my sister to have her students write poems about their experiences leaving their home and coming to the USA. I received over 100 poems that contain passion, pride, emotion, and vivid stories of the sights and sounds that these young people have experienced. I sifted through these texts and found the powerful words of 14-year-old Warda Mohamed that became the backbone of the composition. Using Warda's poem and two Somali proverbs, "We Can Mend the Sky" is a musical depiction of one's journey as an immigrant and an affirmation of hope as we all embrace the diversity around us. - Jake Runestad Libretto Let My Dream Come True by Warda Mohamed In my dream I saw a world free of violence hunger suffering a world filled with love Now awake in this world I beg, let my dream come true. Soo baxa. Naftu orod bay kugu aamintaa. If we come together, we can mend a crack in the sky. Translation of Somali text: Soo Baxa (Let's go.) Naftu orod bay kugu aamintaa (To save your life, run with all your might.) Naftu (Life, soul) Orod (Run)