I am excited about my two most current upcoming premieres this month; “My Dearest Friend” and “Virga Jesse.” The wonderful Mezzo-Soprano Hope Fairchild Thacker will be premiering “My Dearest Friend” at Weill Recital Hall on December 20. This cycle uses selected letters of Abigail Adams as its text source and has an exciting eclectic mix of emotions. “Virga Jesse” is a new setting of the profoundly simple and delicate Latin paraphrase of Isaiah 11:1. The Memphis Chamber Choir (Dr. Geoffrey Ward) will be performing this commissioned work at their Lessons and Carols on December 15 (St. John’s Episcopal in Memphis).
Posted by admin | Posted in News | Posted on 08-05-2013-05-2008
It has been a busy and gratifying Spring so far and I have been blessed to work on some really exciting works. “Come and Sing!” is the most recent original SATB composition in my catalog and I have posted a video of that performance on YouTube. I’ve also received notification of several commissions to be performed at the end of this year and into 2014 as well as a very exciting project involving a Mezzo, Bass Trombone, Percussionist, Pianist, and Abigail Adams. More on that to come!
Posted by admin | Posted in News | Posted on 04-09-2012-05-2008
C-Alan Publications has just released my setting of three Shaker tunes as part of their summer 2012 package. The work is scored for 8-9 players and is titled “A Shaker Triptych.” You can learn more about the piece by visiting the C-Alan page. Enjoy!
Posted by admin | Posted in News | Posted on 18-04-2012-05-2008
If you attended my Podcasting workshop at the TMEA convention last week and were interested in downloading the more detailed procedural handout I mentioned, you can access it here. If you have any questions regarding podcasting please feel free to contact me.
Posted by admin | Posted in News | Posted on 27-03-2012-05-2008
I am very close to finishing the piece for James Levy and the Noble Prentiss 5th grade choir. It has really begun to fall into place and is sounding marvelous. I have included a sample of the first verse draft below. Unfortunately, I am not sure I’ll be able to make it to the premiere, but I know the students will do well with it!
Posted by admin | Posted in Performances | Posted on 16-03-2012-05-2008
My recent choral work, “Thou Shalt Love the Lord,” will be performed as part of the Union University Singers’ Spring tour. Here are the performance times and locations. I will not be able to attend any of these, but if you are in the area, stop in and listen to my work as well as the other fine pieces on their program! Click Read More to see the schedule.
Posted by admin | Posted in News | Posted on 01-03-2012-05-2008
I have recently been commissioned to write a piece for James Levy and the 5th grade choir at Noble Prentiss Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas! The purpose of this project is to honor a Noble Prentis student who is bravely fighting a battle with brain cancer. The text for this piece, “If I Could”, a new poem by my colleague Patricia Hamilton. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Patricia on this project, and I am pleased with how the piece is coming together! I’ve been touched by the faith of this student and hope that “If I Could” brings him joy and encouragement. Keep fighting, Santos!
Posted by admin | Posted in News | Posted on 17-01-2012-05-2008
Thank you for being a part of the ACDA Eastern Division Conference Reading Session and visiting my site! I hope you have enjoyed reading “God Be In My Head” and I am grateful to be included in this project. If you are interested in purchasing copies of the score, please click here.
The Union University Singers again performed “Thou Shalt Love the Lord” last night at their annual Fall Choral Concert (1st Baptist Church, Jackson, TN) and did a fine job! I made a short video of the performance and have posted it on YouTube. Enjoy!
Posted by admin | Posted in Performances | Posted on 19-08-2011-05-2008
This year marks the 400th Anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. At the end of last semester, Dr. Chris Mathews, Director of the Union University Singers, asked me to write a choral piece for the occasion. The text I settled on is in Deuteronomy 6 & 7 where Moses relays God’s command to “Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” I have just wrapped it up and am looking forward to hearing it in September! “Thou Shalt Love the Lord” will be premiered as the opening piece at Union’s festival, “KJV 400: Legacy and Impact.”
Posted by admin | Posted in Performances | Posted on 28-07-2011-05-2008
I have recently received word that “Front Range” (Band version) will be programmed by the California State University Band (Bakersfield) under the baton of Doug Davis on March 17, 2012. I am looking forward to the performance! As far as I know, this will be the premiere of the band version.
Posted by admin | Posted in Performances | Posted on 23-04-2011-05-2008
The Santa Fe Trial School District High School band will be premiering “1,200 Miles to Santa Fe” this evening during the Washburn University (Topeka, KS) University Band concert at 7pm in White Concert Hall. Lance Quilling and the students have been working tremendously hard on this piece and are playing very well! I will hopefully be able to post some pictures and video soon.