The Music Nerds! #6 – Setting Weird Lyrics

Enjoy this latest educational video, describing my thought processes on how I approach setting asymmetrical text to music as I work on finishing my Bros. Grimm Song Cycle! Don’t forget you can check out the other videos in this series here!

New Sheet Music for String Orchestra & New Merch!

Composed for Ryan M. Luévano and the Neue World Orchestra Project, the 2002 string quartet “Greek Dance” has found new life as a driving work for string orchestra!!! I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to revisit this old little gem of a work! 🙂 Enjoy the digital demo …

#NewTuneThursday: Falada

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! This week’s tune is a bit of a “blast from the past.” Back in 1998, one of the earliest “commissions” I did was a short string trio (violin, viola, and cello) for a colleague’s students. Back in those days, I composed everything I did by hand, with …

Leviathan Merch: Exclusive Artwork

Check out this gorgeous artwork that’s been created to celebrate the upcoming release of the official recording of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep”!!! Don’t forget — sign up to be a Backstage Member today so you can get this recording when it’s out! For the cost of *only one CD* you …

Leviathan Recording Progress: Complete Cadenza

Check out the recorded version of the Cadenza from movement 3, “The Hunt”! It’s such a neat way to hear the huge range of the 6-string electric violin without anything covering it… This cadenza incorporates elements from the solo found in all three movements– I really dig that it appears …

#NewTuneThursday: Forgotten Melody

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! How apropos is it that our first new tune to show up this Thursday is “Forgotten Melody“? 😆 “Forgotten Melody” is very memorable with a sweet movement that progresses throughout the piece. (source) This unassuming, little 3-minute work for solo violin and piano was originally composed in 2006 …

Sinfonia Shaping Up Nice! Or, Explorations of Hexachords

I am just so stoked about how my new orchestral Sinfonia is shaping up! I got a lot of fascinating work done on it today… Long story short… I developed an intro theme and then broke that apart to find it was built upon 6 distinct notes (not counting a …

You’ve Written a Piece–What Now?

This is a great resource I stumbled upon for composers looking to get some musicians playing their music! …Ask performers within your network if they might be interested in playing at the concert you’re setting up… For clarity, and because it is good practice, you should draw up a written agreement… Your …