Mother of Exiles

Text: Emma Lazarus (adapted)

For SATB Choir with some doubling.  Level: Advanced Intermediate.  Duration:  4:00

Mother of Exiles is a setting of Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet The New Colossus, which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.  The phrase “Mother of Exiles”, appearing in the middle of the poem, has been translated into sixteen different languages which have been layered in vocal lines of increasing rhythmic complexity.  The music contrasts sections of taut dissonance with expansive phrases of harmonious warmth.  Mother of Exiles is an excellent vehicle for high school, college and professional choirs seeking an anthem of compassion in times of need.

The Kühn Choir, December 13, 2019.  Lenka Navrátilová, Conductor.


The Resonance Ensemble, March 1, 2020, Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon, Director

Promotional video for the Mother of Exiles Project.

Mother of Exiles : Score

Minimum 24, no photocopying please.


Mother of Exiles Project: Donate

Contributions help enable performances of Mother of Exiles in support of immigrants’ rights and asylum seekers worldwide. Any amount is welcome: simply increase the quantity below to multiply your donation. Contact the composer for more information.


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