Summer 2017 Recap

Although things may have appeared to be a little quiet for me on here, real-life was far from it! Recordings, performances, commissions and more have filled the summer. Here’s a recap of it all:

Between Glimpses of Blue was premiered and recorded in April and May with Joe Parisi and the UMKC Wind Ensemble! It was also performed in Seattle by Danny Helseth and the Seattle Pacific University Wind Ensemble. The east coast premiere will be in September with Glen Adsit and the Hartt School Wind Ensemble.


May 5th was the first annual KC Contemporary Music Festival organized by NewEar and KcEMA! It featured performances by a number of area performers and composers, including a short film score collaboration between members of KcEMA and animator Molly Garrett in which we scored her animation Steps to Balance 1-5Also on that festival, Soundtrack of an Open Road got a rocking performance by Shascha Groschang!


In addition to a new recording of Between Glimpses of Blue, trombonist Gavin Carney worked with me considerably this spring on Life and Death on a Spinning Disk. There were several performances in KC, and he recorded the piece as well! Gavin will be performing it once more at Electronic Music Midwest next month. Matt Russo, who commissioned the piece, gave the east coast premiere in June in Hartford, and will perform it again next month as well!


In July, Mnemosyne performed at Omaha Under the Radar along with many other incredible new music ensembles from around the country. If you haven’t heard of this festival, check it out!

On July 21, Soundtrack of an Open Road got another performance! This time at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY as part of the Late Night at National Sawdust series. The performance, with cellist Maria Hadge, was also broadcasted on Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead on WFMT (Chicago) and WKCR (New York). If you listen to the link, it’ll be on around 12:00, though be sure to listen to the other pieces as well.

This fall I’ll be teaching classes in audio, music technology, and multimedia at KCKCC and now Johnson County Community College!

I have two new works in progress: A new piece for band commissioned by Adam Fontana and Bethel College, and a new saxophone quartet for the Resurgam Quartet and a small consortium including the Fuego and Kenari Quartets! These will be done in late-2017 and early-2018.

There are already several performances of my works coming up this fall, and more will be confirmed soon!

Phew, okay, I think that’s about everything. Until next time…


New Electronic Miniatures

I’ve been working on some short electronic pieces over the past few months! Here are two of them:

Waves in B


Airplane Etude (Featured on I Care If You Listen’s Summer 2016 Mixtape)

Two new works for band, a finished degree, collaboration, and more!

A lot of exciting developments since August! Heres an overview:

Between Glimpses of Blue was finished in early November for a 15-member consortium! Performances for this work in Kansas City and Pullman, Washington are scheduled for April and others will follow in the fall. Recordings of these performances will be uploaded soon!

I also wrote a new fanfare for band, Blue River Breakdown. It is an exciting grade 4 piece, perfect for high school or young college groups. The piece is dedicated to Steven Davis and Joseph Parisi for their support of new music by UMKC composers and others. Performances of that piece are tentatively being scheduled this spring, with more to come in the summer and fall as well!

Mnemosyne performed new works as part of the Art in the Loop summer art series, Charlotte Street’s Illumnaphonic festival; and will be performing on the road at Indiana University South Bend and in Detroit, Michigan!

I successfully defended my dissertation (which was Between Glimpses of Blue) this past week and will be graduating from UMKC in May!

I’ve been writing in the studio generously given to me through Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency. In addition I’ve also written some blog posts (with more to come!) and an upcoming collaboration with animator Molly Garrett!

Other upcoming performances this spring include Winter’s Summer in Pullman, Washington, the premiere of Life and Death on a Spinning Disk in Kansas City, and a performance with the NewEar Ensemble on May 5!

Thailand, Charlotte Street Residency, Mixtape, and a New Commission!

This summer has flown by, literally, as I recently returned from an around-the-world trip to Thailand for the Thailand International Composition Festival! TICF was an inspiring week of concerts, lectures, and discussion with composers and performers from around the world.

Starting in September I will also be a resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency program here in Kansas City!

An excerpt from the Celestial Metamorphosis show was chosen to be on the I Care If You Listen summer mixtape and is available for download for free! This excerpt, titled Airplane Etude, isn’t available anywhere else at the moment so feel free to give it a listen.

Lastly,  I’ve been hard at work on a new piece for wind ensemble and electronics. This piece has been commissioned by Danh Pham and the WSU Wind Ensemble and a consortium of 13 university and high school bands from around the US, and will be finished in the fall! I am incredibly excited to be working with so many ensembles and directors for this piece, and am looking forward to sharing it here in the near future.

Post-Celestial Metamorphosis, and more Spring performances

Celestial Metamorphosis was a huge success, thank you to those who came to see it! I’m working on the recording of the performance now and hope to have it available soon along with the video by Cody and pictures from the performance on the blog linked above. In the meantime, the first two movements are attached below. There are several upcoming performances of my music in Texas for the 2016 NASA conference (for saxophone), Colorado for two conferences, and this summer in New York City again for the NYCEMF!!

February Performances

Rehearsals are underway for Celestial Metamorphosis, and next month is full of performances in the Kansas City area as well! The UMKC Wind Ensemble directed by Joe Parisi will be performing Wanderings on the Divide on February 4 and 13 at Park Hill High School and UMKC, Celestial Metamorphosis will be performed at KCAI on February 9, and Soundtrack of an Open Road is scheduled for February 11 at the SCI Region VI conference in Wichita, KS!. February is a busy month!

Fall into Spring

A lot has happened since September!

  • Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon gave an excellent performance in August at Prairie Logic including Winter’s Summer
  • The Hartt School gave an excellent premiere of Wanderings on the Divide on October 3rd (performance embedded below)
  • The Bass Clarinet arrangement of Soundtrack of an Open Road was premiered at Electronic Music Midwest in November by Michael Miller
  • The Johnson County Library interviewed me for the Listen Local project and asked some really tough questions about my creative process and musical background

Several performances are lined up for the Spring as well! First up is Celestial Metamorphosis, an hour-long evolving, collaborative audio-visual performance I am partially composing for and curating with Cody Kauhl (video), Eli Hougland (electronics), Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes, and Mnemosyne Quartet on February 9. Then it is conference season in February and March.


American Prize finalist

I am happy to announce that Colors was selected as a finalist in the American Prize in the chamber music category! The press release can be found here

Soundtrack of an Open Road recording

A studio recording of Soundtrack of an Open Road is finished! Tiffany Bell and I recorded back in March, and after a few months of editing, is up on soundcloud.


Spring performances

Soundtrack of an Open Road received an excellent premiere last month by KC cellist Tiffany Bell! The piece has been added to the Works page and a recording of the performance is available as well. Tiffany also came into the studio to record the cello parts of the piece, so a studio recording of Soundtrack will be available soon!

The week of  April 12-19 features three performances: Winter’s Summer in Kansas City, MO on the 12th, Colors in Hartford, CT on the 16th, and Winter’s Summer again in Iowa City, IA on the 18th!

I’ll also be performing in Kansas City with the Mnemosyne Quartet in April, May, and June! A few of my pieces may make it onto these programs as well.

I’m working along on a new piece for Euphonium and Piano, and have some more exciting electronic and acoustic projects coming up this Summer and Fall!