Compose Yourself! composition competition

The Minneapolis-based chamber choir MPLS (imPulse) is currently holding a composition competition with three rounds. The first round was completed in December, 2016, with the performance in February. I am honored to announce that my submission, Out of the River of Tuoni, was the selected winner! MPLS (imPulse) is a fantastic ensemble that is really pushing the choral arts in new directions. They are fantastic advocates for new music with a vision of ‘redefining the choral experience’ for the singers and audience members. Serving this purpose, Continue reading →

Performance of Sonata Agitata at Studio Z

My composition Sonata Agitata for saxophone quartet has been selected by the Caprice Saxophone Quartet for performance in concert in November. The performance will be held at Studio Z in St. Paul, Minnesota, which is the performance space managed by the Zeitgeist new music quartet. The concert will be on November 23, 2013 at 7:00pm. Admission will be free, so I hope to see many of you there!

Aries Composers Festival 2013

My composition O Cool is the Valley Now has been selected for performance on Monday October 21 at the 2013 Aries Composers Festival! The three-day festival is hosted by Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and will include several new compositions by composers from all across the country (many of whom seem to have their doctorates and several major performances already!), and the featured Guest Composer will be Michael Colgrass. Needless to say, I feel very honored by this opportunity to have my music performed Continue reading →

Thank you, Academy of Voices

I would like to thank Sam Kjellberg and the Academy of Voices, a young adult chamber choir based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for premiering my piece On a Piece of Tapestry last night. It was a great performance, and I loved hearing the piece in that venue. It was also great to hear the many other wonderful pieces on the program, several of them also by young composers. It was a very enjoyable concert. I look forward to working with Academy of Voices to work on making Continue reading →

Essentially Choral

This past weekend was the VocalEssence 2013 Essentially Choral program. I spent the weekend rehearsing and discussing my composition Missa Brevis pro Pace with the VocalEssence Chamber singers, director Philip Brunelle, assistant director Sigrid Johnson, and visiting composer-mentor Francisco Núñez, as well as the compositions by five other composers. It was a great experience which culminated in a public reading of our six pieces on Saturday morning. I learned a lot over the weekend. I received a lot of advice, and I was able to critique my Continue reading →

VocalEssence 2013 Essentially Choral

I have been chosen to participate in VocalEssence‘s 2013 Essentially Choral Reading Session. Essentially Choral is a program in which up to seven “emerging composers” from around the country are chosen to bring “works-in-progress” (definition: anywhere from currently-being-written to unpremiered) to be publicly read and recorded by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (the more selective, smaller ensemble within VocalEssence). The composers will have a chance to rehearse with the ensemble for two days prior to the reading, and there will be mentoring sessions with artistic director Philip Brunelle and composer/conductorFrancisco Núñez and professional Continue reading →

Senior Composition Recital

On Saturday, April 21, at 7:00 PM, I will be presenting my senior composition recital in Urness Recital Hall. The program will include six pieces, four of which were completed this semester. The program includes an aleatoric brass quintet titled The Pealing Bells, a Prelude and Fugue in B Minor for flute, horn, and violoncello, a twelve-tone piece Four Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, a setting of a James Joyce poem titled O Cool is the Valley Now for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and piano, a setting of a brand new poem by Continue reading →


On April 21 at 7:00 in Urness Recital Hall I will be giving a full composition recital. The program will include an aleatoric fanfare for brass quintet titled The Pealing Bells which I just finished a few days ago, an atonal saxophone quartet titled Sonata Agitata which is a work in two movements, the latter being in Sonata form (despite being atonal), O Cool is the Valley Now, a setting of James Joyce’s poem of the same name for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and piano, Four Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, Continue reading →