The Nitrate Hymnal
The Opera The Recording Performances Credits Get Involved
Original Opera Production

Bob Massey and David Wilson
The Nitrate Hymnal

Words and Music by Bob Massey
Film and Projections by David Wilson
Directed by David Schweizer

Produced by Jean Cook for Anti-Social Music
Orchestration: Bob Massey, David Durst, and Jean Cook
Film/Projections: David Wilson, Emily Koonse, and Kendall Nordin
Music Director: David Durst
Film Editor: Emily Koonse
Set Design and Props: Beth Baldwin
Stage Manager: Debbi Arseneaux
Technical Director: Cheles Rhynes
Lighting Designer: Mike Daniels
Sound Design: Jonathan Kreinik
Costume Design: Lynn Sharp Spears


Brian Allard
James Altobeli
Suzanne Clarke
Mea Cook
Keith Duckworth
Jessie Duncanson
James Hishchynsky
TJ Keiter
Robert Martin
Rebecca Mills
Melissa Pafenberg
Mike Rosenheim
Adam Shrec
Laura Witkowski



Nate Burke (guitar)
Mea Cook (cello)
Leanne Darling (viola)
Amy Domingues (cello)
David Durst (keyboards)
Chris Hamley (guitar)
Sarah Kendall (violin)
Vin Novara (percussion)
Tunde Oyewole (bass)
Philippa Thompson (violin)
James Wolf (violin)

Photographs of Creative Team and Cast: Ben Tankersley
Website: Mary Chen and David Durst
Poster Design: Ryan Nelson and Erik Denno
Logo: Bill Colgrove
BACK OFFICE: Anne Taylor Griffith, Kendall Nordin, Tina Plottel, Mary Richards, Debbi Arseneaux


Commissioned and Presented by:
Washington Performing Arts Society

Produced by:
Antisocial Music

The Nitrate Hymnal is a Project of:
Creative Capital

Video Post-production donated by:

Web Site hosting by:

Other sponsors:
Randy Hostetler Living Room Fund

The Recording

Anti-Social Music + Gena Rowlands Band:
The Nitrate Hymnal

Words by Bob Massey
Music by Bob Massey with David Durst and ASM


David Durst (The End, Bloodsong)
Pat Muchmore (Perfect Life, More Than Skin)
John Wriggle (I Had A Dream, Secrets)
Peter Hess (Dream Segue)
Andrea La Rose (Finale)
Ken Thomson (Mountain)


Caleb Burhans, violin
Hai-Ting Chinn, voice
Paula Cho, viola
Paul Chuffo, percussion
Ty Citerman, guitar
Jean Cook, violin, viola
Leanne Darling, viola
David Durst, piano, keyboards
Andrea La Rose, flute
Bob Massey, voice, guitar, and sounds
Pat Muchmore, cello
Susan Oetgen, voice
Eric Rockwin, bass
Philippa Thompson, violin
Ken Thomson, clarinet
Alex Weinstein, guitar
Andy Zipf, voice

Recorded by Joel Hamburger at Godelstring in Brooklyn, NY 22-24 June 2005. Male vocals recorded by Chad Clark at Silver Sonya in Washington, DC 8 July 2005. Dear Posterity recorded by Bob Massey in Fall 2002.

Production Team: Jean Cook, David Durst, Bob Massey
Mixed by Warn Defever at Brown Rice in Livonia, MI
Mastered by TJ Lipple at Silver Sonya in Arlington, VA
Art team: David Durst, Bob Massey, Jean Cook, and Shelby Cinca.

This record was funded in part through a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. This fund is administered by the fine people at the American Music Center

The July 2006 DC performances and events in connection with the Nitrate Hymnal recording are funded in part through Meet The Composer's Creative Connections program, with support from National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, ASCAP, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThe foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, Target, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.

Meet The Composer

(C)(P) 2005 Anti-Social Music and Gena Rowlands Band