Secrets Ohsatstenhseron:ni

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Dawn Avery

Dawn Avery

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General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 13:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Secrets Ohsatstenhserón:ní (2023) was written for the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble directed by Richard Marcus and commissioned by the Class of 1939 Maurine Stuart Dulin Artist-in-Residence program in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the Brafferton Indian School at William & Mary.

In this composition, Avery honors the ancestors of the land as well as those who attended the Brafferton School, including members of the Catawba, Chickahominy, Cherokee, Delaware/Lenape, Meherrin, Nansemond, Nottoway, Occaneechi, Pamunkey, Saponi, Susquehannock, Tutelo, the Six Nations – Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Tuscarora, and also the Wyandot tribes of the Eastern Woodlands.

Between 1723 and 1778 the Brafferton Indian School, on the campus of William & Mary, served as a classroom and living space for upwards of 125 Native American students, from at least 26 tribes. Native students were encouraged to maintain their Indigenous language proficiency to serve as translators and interlocutors for their communities and colonial officials. The Indian school was arguably the most impactful Native school in the American colonies up to the time of the Revolution.

- Program Note by Danielle Moretti-Langholtz


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State Ratings

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  • College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble (Richard Marcus, conductor; Grace Cogley, Dakota Kinsel, Matthew Solomon, narrators) – 3 May 2023 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble concert program, 3 May 2023
  • Dawn Avery website Accessed 7 May 2023