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!

#NewTuneThursday: Aradia, La Bella Pellegrina

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune was composed in 2017 for my friend, violinist Payman Eliahoo, and his son, who (at the time) was a beginning clarinet student. As I was putting it together I built the entire work off of the opening feel of the piano part and simply let …

Watch the Live Debut of “Fever Pitch”

Last night violist Charlotte Van Houten debuted the unaccompanied solo I wrote for her — and it was just amaaaaaaazing!!! Enjoy this video I grabbed from the performance…and look forward to an official studio recording of it, with Charlotte again on the solo, coming soon!

#NewTuneThursday: Solitude’s Hypocrisy

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune is our first foray into the works created for “Music for The Book of I“… Presenting “Solitude’s Hypocrisy”! Back in 2014, I was approached by author Jorge Armenteros to create a 50-minute album of “musical response” works to be released with the debut of his …

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: Of Roses and Lilies

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Our first new composition of the new year is a 2013 work for solo soprano, women’s choir, piano, and string orchestra, with english horn and soprano recorder. Completed in 2013, Of Roses and Lilies is “A Romantic Expression Based on King Solomon’s Song of Songs.” Flirting with …

“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano

For your convenience and artistic variety, the original Celtic tune “Gleann Na Aes Sídhe (Glen of the Faeries)” is now available for solo fiddle and piano! Get the duo sheet music here, and enjoy the demo video below! And don’t forget, you can get the original recording of the full …

#NewTuneThursday: Resplendence

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Let’s ring the bells for today’s new tune, since the New Year is just around the corner! “Resplendence” is a five-and-a-half minute long work for 3.5 octave handbell choir. Composed in 2014, I used the opportunity to experiment with various sorts of combinatoriality (I really dig playing …

#NewTuneThursday: Christmas Wayfarer

Happy Holidays to one and all! Today’s #NewTuneThursday features one of my favorite works, “Christmas Wayfarer”!  Composed in 2015, this 8 minute medley includes unique adaptations of “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Coventry Carol,” “O Holy Night,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” The following year I …

#NewTuneThursday: Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday! Today’s tune continues the Christmasy-slash-Holidays edition of these four Thursdays in December. I have to say I really love today’s tune! It’s sassy, medieval-feeling, and conveys the imagery of youthful revelry during holiday celebrations. This work for SSA a cappella trio and hand percussion (rainstick, tambourine, and finger cymbals) …