Introducing my newest song cycle, New England Folk Songs! In this cycle, I explore the New England seasons with texts penned by New England poets. Written for medium voice and piano, the cycle takes you through all four New England seasons through the lenses of 19th/early 20th century poets Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and Sarah Orne Jewett. Read more about the work, see the score, and order online here.
I'm pleased to share that three of my works recently accepted for publication are now available directly from the publishers: Augsburg Fortress, Colla Voce Music, and Keyboard Percussion Publications.
- Chorale Variations, commissioned by the percussion duo Escape X, is now available from Keyboard Percussion Publications here.
- Speaking Love, a Christmas Carol for SATB Choir and Piano is now available from Colla Voce Music here.
- Filled With His Voice, (SATB+piano+alto sax) commissioned by the Bethel College Concert Choir directed by Dr. William Eash, is now available in the St. Olaf Choral Series of Augsburg Fortress here.
Some of you might remember hearing me talk about a new marimba duo commission and CD release last summer. Escape Ten, the fantastic percussion duo, asked me to write a piece for them in 2013 and I created the five-movement piece, “Chorale Variations.” Escape Ten has a new publication series with Keyboard Percussion Publications (aptly named the Escape Ten Publication Series) and they will be releasing my piece and several other works commissioned by the duo very soon!
I proofed the final draft of the piece just last week. To tide you over until the piece is available for purchase, here is a video of Escape Ten performing the first movement of "Chorale Variations."
The percussion duo Escape Ten recently released its debut album "Colours of a Groove" which features a work of mine that they commissioned in 2013 - Chorale Variations. You can listen to the album on CD Baby and iTunes. Enjoy! About Chorale Variations Chorale Variations is comprised of five short movements, all variations on an original chorale theme, which appears in the second movement. It incorporates a range of musical styles: from lighthearted, dance-like passages to lyrical solo lines. It takes advantage of the wide range of sonic possibilities that the marimba presents with music that is warm, rich, and vibrant.
Thanks to all these ensembles and directors who are including my work on their programs this fall! If I left out a performance, please email me and I will add it to this list! October 7, 2013 Escape Ten Virginia Tech University performing Chorale Variations (world premiere)
I am currently finishing up a new song cycle for soprano and piano titled Alcott Songs. The piece sets six short poems of Louisa May Alcott, most of which are very whimsical and fun. Much of Alcott's poetry is about nature - flowers, birds, etc. After spending some time reading through much of her work, I chose six poems that I thought would work best for this piece. I also ordered them in a way that I thought could communicate a summer's day; the first poem begins with "Awake! Awake!" and the last poem is titled "Lullaby." In between there are short tales of sunrise, flowers, lily pads, acorns, and finally sunset and sleep.
I am having a lot of fun with the poems and trying to write music that is as whimsical and fun as these poems are. You can read the texts here.
In March I had the privilege of visiting and working with the saxophonists in Dr. Paul Nolen's fantastic saxophone studio at Illinois State University. Here is a beautiful performance they gave in studio class of my Saxophone Quartet No. 2. Enjoy!
This afternoon at 4:30pm, the University of Central Florida Saxophone Quartet will perform my Saxophone Quartet No. 2 at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 conference in Orlando, FL. The full schedule for the conference is available here. Thanks to Dr. George Weremchuk and the UCF Saxophone Quartet for programming this work!
The A/B duo, a collaboration between flutist Meerenai Shim and percussionist Chris Jones, is presenting a three-performance Southern tour February 15-18. They will be including my piece, Hers Was a Beautiful Soul for marimba and flute on their programs. You can find out more about the A/B duo and their tour here.
February 15, 2013 Jacksonville, FL University of North Florida
February 17, 2013 Atlanta, GA Poem 88 with Chamber Cartel
February 18, 2013 Columbus, GA RiverCenter for the Performing Arts