Sarah Pelletier, soprano, premiered Denisch’s setting of “Why – do they shut Me out of Heaven?” by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by Berklee College of Music, performance April 4, 2016, Boston, with Lois Shapiro, piano.

Berklee commissioned three composers to set the same Dickinson poem as part of the 2016 Words and Music Festival, April 4-6, 2016. This Modern Song concert was one of several featured events including the Words and Music Festival Symposium, Concert, and Master Class with Jeanine Tesori. Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.