"The prayer, “Nada te Turbe” was found in the breviary of the 16th cent. Christian mystic and saint, Teresa de Ávila, written in her own hand. Her words have consoled countless numbers of people and where particular help to me in times of personal struggle. I composed "Nada" for my select women's choir, Viriditas, in the late 1990's. I wanted the audience to be able to hear Teresa's message in real time, directly from the singer—not by reading program notes—so I made a conscious decision to include some key phrases in English in my setting." — Joan Szymko
"Nada te turbe" has been performed worldwide, including multiple performances at division and national conferences of the American Choral Director's Association.
"Nada te Turbe" invokes the comforting words of the 16th century Spanish mystic Saint Teresa de Ávila, which remain surprisingly cogent for 21st century listeners. This work has entered the standard repertoire of American choral literature. It has received performances at three national ACDA conferences over the last decade. In 2013 it was the only work by a living composer selected as repertoire for the ACDA undergraduate conducting competition.