Prairie Logic

  The Debussy Project will premiere this week on October 1 & 4 in Kansas City. In this video, Scott discusses the project and his piece, Prairie Logic. Watch and you’ll catch a sample of the music. The concert is presented by FuseBox New Music. Performing are Christina Webster, flute; Jessica Nance,viola; & Tabitha Steiner, harp. The event is … Continue reading

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KC Metropolis previews FuseBox

Over the past year, Zane Winter, Ted King-Smith, and I have been working toward advocating for new music on our terms. The result isFuseBox New Music. FuseBox champions composers through providing commissions, performances, recordings, and collaborative opportunities. Since launching in 2015, we have commissioned five composers and earned support from the ArtsKC and the KC Municipal Arts Commission. … Continue reading

Interview for “Listen Local.”

Recently, I was interviewed for Johnston County Library’s “Listen Local” series. In the interview, conducted by Bryan Voell, I discuss new music advocacy, composing, and my upcoming work for “The Debussy Project.” You can read the whole article here.  

The Music of David Stock

I first met David Stock as a freshman at Duquesne University. Ever warm and encouraging of others’ music, he permitted me to sit in on another student’s composition lesson. During that time, he showed interest in what I was writing. As he looked over one of my pieces, he commented, ” I really like the … Continue reading

The Garden of Forking Paths, for Orchestra

After five years of exclusively writing chamber music, I have dedicated this spring to composing a new work for orchestra: The Garden of Forking Paths. I sketched a plan of the whole piece back in March and have spent the past few weeks realizing it one passage at a time. While the end of the … Continue reading

Iowa Performance

Nine Coins will be performed this Saturday at the University of Iowa as part of the Exchange 0f Midwest Collegiate Composers. The performance will take place on 4/17/2015 at 4pm at UCC Recital Hall.  The piece opens with a cello solo, which will be performed by Esther Seitz. Luiz Viquez will play clarinet, and I … Continue reading

Considering the Fourth, Considering Time

A friend of mine recently posed the question on Facebook, “WHY IS A FOURTH CONSIDERED DISSONANT IN TWO-VOICE COUNTERPOINT. THAT’S INSANE.” The answer depends on the time period and the 4th’s function. Medieval music uses fourths, fifths, and octaves in parallel motion. Stable fourths abound in the music of Thomas Adès. In species counterpoint à la Johann … Continue reading

Fitter, Happier, More Productive…[really!]

Upon turning in my thesis, I will have earned two degrees in music composition. Even a month ago, the prospect continuing on towards a doctorate (which many refer to as the “terminal degree”-morbid isn’t it?) and then entering a saturated job market was terrifying.  What I was failing to realize was that winning a job … Continue reading

Music with Friends

Many of my friends are composers. Music making is, for many of us, a communal activity. I want to take a moment to celebrate their accomplishments. Below you will find information on upcoming performances of their music. Please feel free to explore the numerous links and discover their music. *** February 3, percussionist Lisa Pegher … Continue reading

Composer’s Circle

Composer’s Circle features one composer everyday. Today, I am the featured composer with my piece Conversations w/ Ligeti & Heidegger & (Mom in the Background) performed by Trillium Ensemble. I am grateful for the work of Eric Guinivan, the website’s curator, in his advocation for new music. Please support Eric’s work by subscribing to Composer’s Circle or liking … Continue reading