The best music I know is both emotionally compelling and intellectually engaging. I try to write music challenges the audience without alienating them.
I also really like chamber music. It’s my favorite music to listen to, my favorite to play, and my favorite to write. Don’t get me wrong, I still like wind ensemble and orchestra music, but it doesn’t get me as excited as when I settle in to listen to a great chamber ensemble.
Falling up the down escalator (2009), saxophone quartet, duration 7’, premiered at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand by the H2 Saxophone Quartet.
Recorded by the H2 Quartet on their album Times and Spaces, released March 2010.
Voices 2 (2009), solo piano, duration 5’, premiered April 26, 2009 by Joel Thomas at Michigan State University.
Folding in (2008), orchestra, commissioned by the Tyler Youth Orchestra, duration 8’, premiered November 9, 2008 by the TYO, conducted by Ryan Ross, at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
Inner/Outer Monologue (2007), solo tenor saxophone, duration 8’, premiered April 18, 2008 by Jonathan Nichol at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference at the University of South Carolina.
Also performed at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand by Jonathan Nichol.
Color me “Enchanted” (2007), violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone, and piano, duration 2’, premiered October 23, 2007 by Ji Hyun Kim, violin; Sara Stolt, clarinet; Drew Whiting, saxophone; and Jun Okada, piano at Michigan State University.
Greek Lyric Poems (2007), baritone, alto flute, and piano, text from Greek Lyric Poetry (trans. Sherod Santos), duration 15’, premiered May 4, 2007 by Joe Baunoch, baritone; Marissa Olin, Flute; and Kawai Chan, piano at Michigan State University.
Voices (2007), solo trumpet, duration 4’30”, premiered May 4, 2007 by Mark Flegg, at Michigan State University.
Emulsion Quintet (2007), mixed chamber ensemble (clarinet/b. clarinet, soprano saxophone, horn, cello, marimba), duration 13’, premiered March 23, 2007 at Weill Recital Hall, New York City (2007 MSU Honors Competition-winning composition).
Also performed Oct. 1, 2007 by Musique 21, conducted by Raphael Jimenez at Michigan State University.
Elegy (2005), soprano, baritone, french horn, and string quartet, text from Elegy for My Sister (Sherod Santos), duration 18’, premiered April 15, 2006 at the University of Missouri (2006 BMI SCA-winning composition).