Just found: a review of my flute duet, “Meditations and Memories,” by Rebecca Johnson from the Fall 2016 edition of The Flutist Quarterly, Volume 71.

Yih’yu l’ratson (May the words of my mouth) (SATB) was performed by “Chorus Magnus,” CA (First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, Bethel Lutheran Church, Peninsula Bible church Cupertino, Valley Church of Cupertino, Valley Presbyterian Church), Howard Lee, director, on June 3, 2018.

You can now listen to the May 13, 2018 world premiere performance of Psalm (By the Rivers of Water) given by Bay Colony Brass conducted by Patrick Valentino on my website.


I am proud to present a new demo recording of my newly published work, “The Song of Ruth,” for Soprano Solo, SATB Chorus unaccompanied (ECS Publishing Group Catalog No. 8474), as performed by the versatile vocalist, Matthew Curtis (www.choraltracks.com).

The Song of Ruth

Do not ask me to leave you, or to stop following you;
for where ever you go, I will go,
and where you stay, I will stay.
Your people will be my people, and your God my God.

Where you die, I will die and be buried.
May the Lord cause ill fate to befall me, and more,
if anything but death separates me and you.

Ruth 1:16-17
Translation by Stanley M. Hoffman

Announcing that the sheet music for this new setting of mine is available now. If all goes according to plan, I hope for a recording of this piece to be in place no later than June.


WHEN I FIND GOD: Music by Stanley M. Hoffman; words by Diane Weber Bederman; published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company’s BMI-affiliated imprint, Ione Press, Inc., a division of ECS Publishing Group; Catalog number 8475; professional demo recording by The Singers conducted by Matthew Culloton. The text appears below.

“And God cried, His tears falling to His altar.
And the Holy Spirit fled to the Wailing Wall to mourn.
My soul shattered into a million pieces, like the sparks of the cosmos.
And I searched for me, and I looked for God.
Like Jacob on his ladder, I too wrestled and was wounded.
And just as Jacob became Israel, I too will be reborn.
I will find myself and my place in time and space when I find God.
For God, the divine spark, is in me.”
—Diane Weber Bederman