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 →

The White Heron

I have completed a new work for SATB chorus a capella. It is a setting of the poem The White Heron by William Butler Yeats, written in 1921. Motionless under the moon-beam, Up to his feathers in the stream; Although fish leap, the white heron Shivers in a dumbfounded dream.

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 →

Missa Brevis pro Pace

I have just completed a new composition for SATB chorus a capella titled Missa Brevis pro Pace. I began working on it back at the beginning of autumn and completed it today. The piece, which has five movements, is nearly twenty minutes long. I. Kyrie Kyrie eleison; Lord, have mercy; Christe eleison; Christ, have mercy; Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy. II. Sanctus Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, Holy, holy, holy, Dominus Deus Sabaoth; Lord God of Hosts; pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua. Heaven and Earth are Continue reading →