I have now been in the Flathead Valley of Montana for two months. I am continually struck by the beauty of this area. While settling into my position as Director of Music Ministries, I have not been able to spend as much time composing but am hoping that will change as winter is coming. In January, I will also be teaching two keyboard skills classes at Flathead Valley Community College.

07.27.18performance of Tetractic inflections from April 2018

02.23.18performances, residency

As of right now, I have an upcoming performance of my horn quartet, Tetractic Inflections, at Stony Brook University in New York.

On the other coast, I will have a performance of my trio for horn, violin and piano on an upcoming recital in the Los Angeles area. Stay tuned for more specific information.

I will be in residence at Arts,Letters, and Numbers in Averill Park, New York during the second half of June where I will be exploring gestural improvisation and its use in developing material for collaborative works.

11.21.17fall update

I am now a few months into my position as music director at St. John Lutheran Church in Beatrice Nebraska. Things are going well, but there are also the nagging things that made me want to get out of church music in general resurfacing within me. Hopefully after having finished the doctorate, I might soon have a position in academia, but I won't count my chickens before they hatch. I also will be working more with gestural improvisation during an Arts, Letters, and Numbers residency in June 2018. Creatively, I haven't been as productive lately. The only things I have written are a setting of A Mighty Fortress to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

12.21.16job search continues

The search for a academic position continues. I have had phone interview and even one in-person interview. I recently completed a new work for violin and electronics. Not much else to update as far as performances at this time.

07.16.16long overdue update

There were some great performances at FSU this spring:

Piano Quintet on Feb. 8th

University Philharmonia performances of Paramnesis on Feb. 19th and 20th

The Lake and Tetractic Inflections on Mar. 24th

String Quartet on the New Music Ensemble Concert, Apr. 16th

Thank you all who performed or came to those performances.

In June, I finished and passed the defense of my dissertation work for wind ensemble with offstage brass sextet, Four Movements in Search of a Composer

In late June and early July, I took part in the Cortona Sessions for New Music. Natalie Calma and Nicole Parks of the Semiosis Quartet and Ari Streisfeld formerly of the JACK Quartet each performed one of a set of three violin solos started in early 2015 and then shelved until recently finishing them. It was an incredible experience with so many talented performers and composers. And of course all that incredible Italian food.

What's next? Hopefully, teaching somewhere. Not having much luck yet. In the meantime, I am always looking for students and performing work in the Tallahassee area. I will be working on several pieces for friends, though any paid commissions will move much farther up on the priority list.

Hopefully next update will include a new job or at least some exciting commissions.


01.16.16Upcoming performances

Feb. 9th 7:30 PM
SCI Concert, Dohnanyi Recital Hall @ Florida State University

Feb, 19th and 20th 7:30 PM
University Philharmonia Orchestra, Opperman Music Hall @ Florida State University


Paramnesis was selected as the winner of the FSU Orchestral Composition Competition. It will be performed by the FSU University Philharmonic Orchestra in April of 2016.

07.27.15Nuclear Placidity

The new version of Nuclear Placidity for horn choir will be premiered at the International Horn Symposium on April 4th at 12:30 PM in Los Angeles at the Colburn School Plaza. This new version has some unique aspects. Any that are in L.A. at the time please come listen and enjoy.

04.26.15April 15 premiered

Thank you to all those who attended and especially to Anna, Lori, Logan, and Joey for their excellent performance last night of April 15. And thank you to Jessica Garratt for allowing to me set this wonderful text.