The purpose of this project is the creation of a significant new musical composition for vocal soloist and chamber orchestra based on poetry by Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs. The composition will promote healing through poetry and music that address human loss. A national consortium of performers will present multiple performances of the composition in different regions of the country. The project will impact thousands of people, including KSU faculty and students. Additionally, this creative endeavor will further my artistic growth (scholarship) by allowing me to build on the accomplishments and discoveries of my previous work.