Finally On My Way To Yes

SSATB, piano

A joyful celebration of life's rough lessons, "Finally On My Way To Yes" blends classical, close-harmony and gospel music into an unforgettable setting of Pesha Gertler's compassionate poem, "The Healing Time." The song's sweet and soulful conclusion features prominent solos for one or more singers.

Winner of the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest.


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Commissioned By: 
Out Loud Chorus of Ithaca, NY
Premiere Conductor: 
Shawn Benedict

Winner, Ithaca College Composition Contest


Kenyon Community Chorus; Benjamin Locke, conductor. Kenyon, OH
Cascadian Chorale; Philip Tschopp, conductor. Seattle, WA
Out Loud Chorus of Ithaca, NY; Shawn Benedict, conductor. Ithaca, NY
Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City; Terri Teal, conductor. Kansas City, MO
Linn-Benton Community College Choirs; Susan Peck, conductor. Albany, OR
University of Washington Chamber Singers; Geoffrey Boers, conductor. Seattle, WA
New Wave Singers of Baltimore; Mary Evans, conductor. Baltimore, MD
Gregg Smith Singers; Gregg Smith, conductor. New York City, NY
Ward-Melville High School Camerata; Linda Contino, conductor. Ithaca, NY


"Awesomely fresh music...The solo has...freedom of improvisation, and comfort is found in [the] soulful harmonies toward the end." Jan Chamberlin, Music Director, Eliot Chapel (Kirkwood, MO)

Text Author or Source: 
Pesha Gertler

"The Healing Time"
Poem by Pesha Gertler

Finally on my way to yes
I bump into
all the places
where I said no
to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin, my bones,
those coded messages
that send me down
the wrong street
again and again
where I find them
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them
one by one
close to my heart
and I say holy

© by Pesha Gertler. Reprinted by permission.