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Professor's work to be performed at presidential inauguration

Michael Dennis Browne (Emeritus) contributed lyrics to composition
November 27, 2016

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Professor Emeritus Michael Dennis Browne read for the University Libraries in 2015
English Professor Emeritus (and poet) Michael Dennis Browne collaborated with the composer John Wykoff on "Now We Belong," a choral piece to be sung by the Missouri State University Chorale at the presidential inauguration on January 20. "Here is the place of strangers' welcome," the lyrics read, "we who once walked in strangers' shoes."

Professor Browne regularly collaborated with the late composer Stephen Paulus; they met when Paulus was a student at the University. Their post-Holocaust oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by the Minnesota Orchestra. He has also worked as a librettist with the composers John Foley, S.J., Carolyn Jennings, Juliana Hall, Tim Takach and Craig Hella Johnson, with whom he recently collaborated on Considering Matthew Shepard. Browne's most recent poetry collection, The Voices, was published in 2015.