This Union for soprano and organ (2019)

This Union you want With the earth and sky, This union we all need with love, A golden wing from God’s heart just Touched the ground, Now Step upon it With your brave sun-vows And help our eyes To Dance! Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky in The Gift Download the score: This Union

Threads for flute choir (2021)

Threads was inspired by simple Renaissance melodic imitation techniques, specifically “stretto fuga.” I learned about the technique from the YouTube channel Early Music Sources and decided to play with it a little and see what I could make. The end result also draws on my influence from the dissonant counterpoint found in mid-20th Century American …

push pins for alto sax (2021)

One day I was walking back to my office when my colleague John Nichol (whose office was right next door to mine at the time) stopped me and said “Look at this. Isn’t this kind of nice?” and he pointed to the arrangement of thumbtacks on my bulletin board. There wasn’t a particular pattern or …

Hindrances for solo guitar (2019)

Writing for guitar can be a little intimidating to composers who don’t play it. While I did take some lessons in order to better understand classical guitar technique, I was definitely intimidated by Kenji Haba’s request for a new piece. I turned to miniatures inspired by the Five Hindrances found in Buddhism. These short movements …

Monsters for solo guitar (2020)

I read a lot of comics and I always enjoy when I can talk about comic book stories and such. When Andy Jurik approached me about writing a new piece, he was specifically interested in the comic My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris. Going through the story I found there were so many …

Folds for SATB soloists or choir (2020)

Folds was composed as a dance collaboration with Heather Trommer-Beardslee and Ann Dasen to represent aspects of vocal biology. The work’s four section trace the development of breath into utterance, utterance into words, and words into music. The piece was composed to celebrate World Voice Day in 2020 for Joshua May at Columbus State University. …