Mark Hijleh (b. 1963) — In Him Was Light (2004) for organ
American composer Mark Hijleh (b. 1963) holds degrees in composition and conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, the Ithaca College School of Music, and William Jewell College. His composition teachers included Karel Husa, Morris Moshe Cotel, James Mobberley, Barney Childs, and Thomas Benjamin. His works have been performed by the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Oxford University in England, and in schools and churches across the United States. Hijleh is the author of “The Music of Jesus: From Composition to Koinonia” (2001). In 1994, he founded the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, and in 1998 he joined the music theory and composition faculty of the MasterWorks Festival. He is Professor of Composition and Conducting and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Greatbach School of Music at Houghton College.
“In Him Was Light” (2004) was written for Carson Cooman who premiered it in January 2005 in recital at Houghton College.