Happy New Year! – 1.2.17

Happy New Year! – 1.2.17

Welcome to 2017. May you all have a better year than the last and make a positive difference in our world. I’m here in Bloomington writing this before school begins next week. I’ve had a somewhat relaxing break, but I’ve been working and traveling quite a bit. Only...
Hunting Patterns

Hunting Patterns

          I wrote this solo for Indiana University’s Hammer and Nail project in collaboration with percussionist Chris Trlak. I had been meaning to compose a multipercussion work for some time when this opportunity arrived, so I jumped at it. I began thinking about...
Happy Thanksgiving! – 12.2.16

Happy Thanksgiving! – 12.2.16

Happy December everyone! I have returned to school after a week of Thanksgiving break. For me, the week was not much of a break though! Two days of traveling to see my family and Kia’s family. Then, around 30 hours of work at Kohl’s over the Black Friday weekend. Wow,...
With Flowers, We Gather

With Flowers, We Gather

          I wrote this relatively straightforward piece in my first year at the Jacobs School of Music. It was commissioned by my two close friends, Ben Shaheen and Kelsey Broker at Baldwin Wallace University. I wanted each of the four movements to evoke the moods of...
Songs of the Earth

Songs of the Earth

          The idea for this work came from my Defiance Duo partner, Kia Frank. I wanted to do a work with seven movements, and she suggested the seven continents. Each movement has text from a specific continent and draws its musical material from the style and...