Past Work

Music for Soprano Solo and Orchestra – “Blue Hills Over the North Wall”

December 12th, 2012|

“Blue Hills Over the North Wall” is an excerpt from my 1996 piece Cycle of Friends for soprano, chorus and chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Music Group of Philadelphia, and premiered by them in conjunction with Orchestra 2001. I was in my twenties when I […]

Are Friends Delight or Pain for Double SATB Chorus A Cappella

November 22nd, 2012|

This setting of Emily Dickinson’s short poem is an excerpt from my 1996 piece Cycle of Friends for soprano solo, chorus and chamber orchestra.  This video perusal score features the premiere performance by the Music Group of Philadelphia, conducted by Seán Deibler […]

“Ducks in the Garden” for SATB Chorus

July 5th, 2012|

This off-beat little a cappella piece was written many, many years ago (1991, to be exact).  It is an earnest and faithful setting of a very silly poem by my friend Will T. Laughlin.  It happens to be very difficult to learn and perform, with a lot of meter […]

“Roll the Tide” for SATB Chorus

July 5th, 2012|

“Roll the Tide” is a short, a cappella quasi-spiritual excerpted from the larger work Waiting…, based on poems by Elisabeth T. Eliassen.

In the “video perusal score” above, you can follow the score as you hear its premiere performance by the 2011 Kodály Summer Institute Chorus at Holy Names University, conducted by […]

Scores Now Available for Purchase Online

August 11th, 2011|

My self-publishing empire Swirly Music has just launched an online store where certain pieces will be available for purchase.  At the moment only my clarinet/piano piece American Standard and a short choral work are available.  I will be adding my other choral pieces and my string quartet as soon as I can. […]

City Walks at SFO “You Are Hear” Festival

June 25th, 2010|

Some composer friends and I have been kicking around the idea of getting our music played in unconventional venues. The idea is that if music is only played in concert halls, then the audience is limited to people who take time out of their busy schedules to seek it out, to say nothing of willingness to spend money on tickets. Surely we can find new ways of bringing new music to audiences that don’t require them to be so proactive. […]

Project Encore: Choral Works Awaiting Second Performances

March 16th, 2010|

Last year the New York chorus Schola Cantorum on Hudson initiated their Project Encore initiative, an effort to promote second performances of choral works that have received premiere performances and nothing since.  It is a great and much needed idea: a juried central repository complete with instrumentation, text, program notes and even audio excerpts that choral decision makers can resort to for new works to consider. […]

Revisiting the Trunk: “You Must Learn”

October 5th, 2007|

Throughout the year I’ve been occasionally posting recordings of songs from my earlier musical The Ghost of Wu. Today’s installment is the song “You Must Learn”, in which an ambitious mother lectures her naïve daughter, a concubine, in the ways of the Emperor’s court.

This song is probably the […]

Let’s Start at the End

June 20th, 2007|

So I just connected a dusty old hard drive to my shiny new Mac, and found some things I ought to share here.

For starters, here’s my favorite cue from a film score I did a few years ago. This is the very end of Shakespeare’s Merchant. I […]

Back to the Trunk: “Welcome Home”

June 8th, 2007|

Time to roll out another song from The Ghost of Wu.

Composed in the summer or fall of 2002, Welcome Home is probably my favorite song from Wu; certainly the one I’m most proud of for both music and lyrics. It’s an ensemble number for womens chorus.

Following a […]