Yes, Virginia! There Is a Santa Clause

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editors of The New York Sun to inquire about the existence of Santa Claus. Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor at the paper, received her letter – and even though his personal beliefs on the topic differed – he penned a response filled with such warmth, optimism and love. “Is There A Santa Claus?” has become Christmas and holiday folklore that has brought joy to millions of people. It is also one of the most reprinted editorials in the English language. I hope that the music I have composed, to accompany this prose, delivers the same sense of magical wonderment that this letter has brought me for so many years.

Orchestra with Narrator*: ca. 9 minutes

Difficulty: Professional

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, Piccolo, Oboe, English Horn, 2 Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 F Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Mallet Percussion (Glock, Vibraphone, Chimes), Percussion (Sleigh Bells, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Mark Tree, Bell Tree), Narration (2 Speakers: Child & Adult), Harp, Synth Celesta (If performing on real Celesta, play entire part 8vb), Strings

*Yes, Virginia! can also be performed, in its entirety, without narration. 

A portion of all proceeds from YES, VIRGINIA! will be donated to charities benefiting children.