Scenic Route Recording Released

This past summer pianist Paul Barnes recorded my solo piece, Scenic Route, as part of a project called New Generations. The album was finally released on November 20 and is available on iTunes or Amazon (and I’m sure a few other places). This is a special project and I’m so honored to be a part of it! Paul’s playing is breathtaking. Please check it out at one of these links!

Piano Concerto News

My Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble is now being distributed by Murphy Music Press. I’m excited to be working with them! If you are interested in performing the piece, you can find information about ordering it here. MMP has done a wonderful job of building up and distributing a large repertoire of new works in the wind ensemble and saxophone literature, making it easier for band directors, in particular, to find new pieces. I hope you will check out their page and peruse their large collection of new works!

A Long Overdue Update

Thanks for dropping by my website! I obviously haven’t updated in a while, so I wanted to let you know what’s up these days. I’m starting my second year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, teaching music theory and assisting with the University of Iowa Center for New Music. Really loving it here at UI—my students and colleagues are fantastic and Iowa City is a great town.

I have some exciting performances and projects lined up this year! On October 9 my solo piano piece, Scenic Route, will be performed by pianist Paul Barnes at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles. Paul will perform the piece again on April 20 on the Cutting Edge Concerts series at Symphony Space in New York. Very excited to work with Paul for the first time!

In March, my friend Silvan Negrutiu, who premiered my Piano Concerto, will perform the concerto again at Millikin University, where he is the Coordinator of Keyboard studies. I cannot wait to work with Silvan again. He is an artist of great depth and immense talent and it is an amazing privilege for me to hear him perform my music. I will spend three days at Millikin working with the wind ensemble and meeting with the composition students. The wind ensemble will also perform Mountain Lake Photograph on the concert.

In coordination with my residency at Millikin, I have also been commissioned by the Millikin University Percussion Ensemble to write an octet, to be premiered in April. This group is actively commissioning and recording new works and I’m very excited to work with their director, Brian Justison, on this project. I hope to start getting notes on the page next week for this piece!

I am working on another big project at the moment that I will post more about as details fall into place. I began sketches this summer and will continue working on this piece for the next several months.

Again, thanks for visiting my site! Please feel free to leave a comment or contact me with questions.