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.   Advertisements

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

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

Wishing the best to Music From China

Last Fall, Music From China premiered my piece, “The Avoidance of a Word.” I had the privilege of traveling to New York City to perform the percussion part with them at the premiere at Symphony Space in Manhattan. Their hospitality, kindness, and support will always be remembered. Next week hear them perform music by my teachers … Continue reading

What music do you write?

“Oh, you’re a composer. So, what kind of music do you write?” I’m often asked this question when meeting new people. It’s usually either preceded by, “so, what do you do,” or if they know I’m involved with music, “what instrument do you play.” To the latter, I usually playfully respond, “I play the composer.” “What … Continue reading

Expanding the Repertoire: Glockenspiel Solos

Recently, I received a recording of my solo glockenspiel piece, the situation is…, performed by the commissioner of the work, Brett Dietz. Inspired to expand the repertoire, he has commissioned new glockenspiel works from many composers, including one of my former teachers David Stock. Brett’s mission is bold. As he stated in an article he recently wrote … Continue reading

Reflecting on Percussion Lessons Today, I read an article featuring one of my former percussion instructors, Andrew Reamer. Andrew is the principal percussionist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a professor at Duquesne University. During my years at Duquesne, I had the pleasure of studying with him and Chris Allen, PSO associate principal percussionist. I … Continue reading