Finalist, 2014 American Prize for Composition
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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.
Rahab has been performed by:
The East Texas Baptist University Symphonic Band; Mark Crim, conducting; Laurie Lee Cosby as Rahab
Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band; Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting; Cynthia Wohlschlager as Rahab
The Windiana Concert Band; Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting; Beth Ray Westlund as Rahab
The Luther Summer Music Honors Band; Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting; Beth Ray Westlund as Rahab
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.