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Composition

I've been composing as long as I've been playing music; I received First Prize in the Aaron Copland Competition for Young Composers in 1988. I particularly enjoy writing songs and chamber music. My compositions tend to be rather eclectic, often combining classical forms with popular-influenced materials; many of my more recent works reflect my interest in early music.

My composition teachers have included Myron Fink, Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky, Anthony Newman, Malcolm Peyton, and Andrew W. Thomas, among others. In festival settings, I've also worked with Stephen Albert, Tania León, and Jeff Scott.

Below is a list of my recent works, with scores and links to recordings when available.

Note that all my sheet music is available for free download; if you want to perform it, just make sure to send me a program so I can properly report the performance to ASCAP and receive applicable royalties. Better yet, contact me in advance—I always enjoy hearing my work performed, and of course I'd be happy to answer any questions about it!

Title Notes Sheet music Recording
Fantasia on Greensleeves
for flute, violin, and viola
This is a short work that I wrote as a surprise for two friends of mine. It was written to be easy enough for them to sight-read, but it's not as simple as that fact might suggest. The piece uses two versions of Greensleeves: the familiar modern version (in the outer sections) and a 17th-century version (in the middle section).
Fantasy-Ricercar
for woodwind quintet

Written for the excellent Adelante Winds of San Antonio, Texas, and performed at the 2016 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, this is a fugal work of about 8 minutes, displaying the varied colors of the woodwind quintet.

score and parts
Isabella Regina, upon her Accession
for SATB quartet or chorus

This is an anthem in the Anglo-Italian Renaissance madrigal tradition, written for Queen Isabella of the East Kingdom of the SCA. The text is a sonnet by Ana Areces (known in the SCA as Ana Ravaya de Guzmán) which was read at Queen Isabella's coronation. This piece tied for first place in the musical composition category in the Northern Lights A&S Pentathlon in 2004.

full score

MIDI file (not great quality; the middle section is half the speed it should be)

Three Études
for piano

When my teacher Ran Blake asked me to write a solo piano piece that I'd consider typical of my style, the first of these three études was the result. The other two were written as companion pieces. These are fun character pieces for piano, flashy and interesting but not too difficult to play. I greatly enjoy performing them, and I hope others will too!

score
A Waltz for Aunt Line
for piano

This is something of a character sketch, inspired by Aunt Line from Claude Chabrol's film The Flower of Evil (La Fleur du mal). She's a complex character with a lot to hide in her past, yet she's extremely sympathetic.

score
The Young Art Student (in memory of Pete Seeger)
for tenor, viola, and contrabass
Written in memory of Pete Seeger, this is a setting of an anonymous poem that he read in a radio interview. My intent is for the violist to also sing, but the piece can just as well be performed with a separate singer. full score