Children's Opera in One Act

6 boys/4 girls large children;s chorus, chamber ensemble

(strings, fl/ob/clar., percussion, piano)

Commissioned by VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto

and Roger D. Moore

Premiered Daniel Spectrum, Toronto ON

June 3, 2016 



The Sword in the Schoolyard is a blending of the contemporary schoolyard of a young student and his imaginings of King Arthur’s medieval England.  His sense of despair upon the deployment of his beloved sister to a foreign war, forces him to attempt to comprehend the meaning of leadership, violence, duty, loyalty and equality through the legend of the mythic king. It is not a complete transformation, in that many modern elements deliberately remain.  It is not a real portrayal of medieval times, but rather Arthur’s imaginings of them.