Finalist, 2014 American Prize for Composition
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Hybrid oratorio-'radio' drama. A surround-sound concert story of Joshua 2 for mezzo-soprano and symphonic winds with audience participation. 36 minutes.
"RAHAB is one of the most moving, intense, and exciting compositions I have had the privilege of conducting. The story, music, surround-sound acoustics, and audience participation are compelling. I can’t wait to perform it again"
— Dr. Jeffrey Doebler, former president, Indiana Bandmasters Association
Cynthia Skelley Wohlschlager, mezzo-soprano. Scroll down for a complete recording
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Beth Ray Westlund, mezzo-soprano; the Windiana Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting
Ayers' Rahab wins Boston Metro Opera award
February 2013. The Boston Metro Opera has announced that RAHAB by composer/librettist Jesse Ayers has won the BMO's Concert Award. Rahab is a one-woman, surround-sound concert story for mezzo soprano and wind symphony or orchestra. It tells the Old Testament story of Rahab, a woman of ancient Jericho, who along with her relatives, were the only survivors of the famed battle of Jericho.
Windiana Concert Band presents Ayers Biblical Epics Trilogy Concert
The Windiana Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, presented a program on November 17, 2011, of three large Biblical works by composer Jesse Ayers. The works to be performed are AND THEY GATHERED ON MOUNT CARMEL, JERICHO, and RAHAB. Mezzo-soprano Beth Ray Westlund sang the role of Rahab.