Sirena Sacco


“Requiem” by Eliza Gilkyson (1950-) arr, by Craig Hella Johnson

Conducted by Serena Sacco


Serena Saccois a third year voice major originally from Westmont, IL.  At VanderCook, she is chapter president of the American Choral Directors Association, sings soprano in the VanderCook Collegiate Chorale and Concert Choir, and is involved in the IIT a’capella group, the Techtonics. She is also a member of Kappa Phi Delta Sorority. After graduation, Serena wishes to become a junior high choral director.

Program Notes

Requiem was written by pop/folk artist Eliza Gilkyson in 2004 as a song of prayer and comfort after the tsunami that devastated the east coast of Southeast Asia, taking over 260,000 lives.  Johnson’s arrangement of Requiem is quite simple; his aim is to, “let the song speak clearly and meaningfully for itself.” The piece maintains a slow meter in Bb major with simple quarter note rhythms throughout. It is a song of hope and humility. 

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