Composer . Producer . Pianist . Percussionist . Vocalist
  • String Quartet No. 2 String Quartet No. 2
  • Impulse Impulse Trio for alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and piano.
  • Nocturnal Music Nocturnal Music Nocturnal Music (2013) is a transcription for string orchestra of Two Movements for Wind Quintet (2012).
  • The Great Figure The Great Figure The Great Figure (2012) is a setting of William Carlos’ Williams poem of the same name for countertenor and chamber ensemble.
  • Arcis: Original Game Soundtrack Arcis: Original Game Soundtrack
  • Two Movements for Wind Quintet Two Movements for Wind Quintet Two Movements for Wind Quintet (2012) is a study on how far minute amounts of melodic and harmonic material can be stretched. The primary sonority of the first movement is a minor-major ninth chord. The omnipresent motive of the descending half-step is a result of the chord being revoiced so that the interval between the third and ninth of the chord changes from a minor ninth to a major seventh. This concept of “resolving” a dissonance to a lesser dissonance is present throughout the first movement. The jazz-influenced second movement features the dominant seventh sharp ninth chord, but retains melodic motives and certain harmonic passages from the first movement. The augmented scale sinuously weaves throughout both movements, and is the final tie that binds together two highly contrasting sections of music.
  • Flight Flight Flight (2011) is a five-minute work for brass quintet that sweeps the listener through a musical journey of exuberance. The constant motivic eighth-note groove provides an energetic rhythmic underpinning over which melodic material floats in an effortlessly joyous arc. Featuring an improvised trumpet solo, Flight relies on the player’s own spur-of-the-moment emotions to complete the piece.

     
Latest Blog Entries

“Impulse” – 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Finalist

I am pleased to announce that my piece “Impulse” received Finalist designation in the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards competition. I didn’t win or receive Honorable Mention, but hey, it’s something.

Vine Orchestra Premiere

I was recently involved in the “Vine Orchestra” project [website, Twitter]: a call for scores of pieces 6 seconds or less in duration, for a 2- to 20-member subset of a specified instrumentation. Over 150 compositions were entered, and 52 compositions were performed and recorded on December 1st. One of my scores was selected for...

Media Players Migrated to SoundCloud

In an effort to better integrate all of my various areas of online presence, I have replaced the previous media players that streamed from my server with SoundCloud players. There are a few stragglers; I did not originally deem some sounds to be SoundCloud-worthy, so those still use the streaming media player. I may eventually...
July 2013: EAMA Composition Program + Paris

July 2013: EAMA Composition Program + Paris

It has been quite some time since I have posted anything on this blog, which is an unfortunate trend that I plan to rectify beginning with this post. I just returned from Paris, France after having spent the month of July living there and taking part in the EAMA (European-American Musical Alliance) Summer Composition Program....

Roseville Area High School (MN) to Perform “Two Movements for Wind Quintet”

UPDATE: The performance was postponed to February 12, 2013. The students played Mvt. II. —– I am pleased to announce that a student quintet from Roseville Area High School in Roseville, MN will be performing Two Movements for Wind Quintet!  The performance will be December 4th at 7:30 PM.  I adapted the original contrabassoon part...
Arcis Audio Creation

Arcis Audio Creation

I recently completed the music and sound effects for Arcis, Nathan Tornquist‘s latest release, a tower defense game that combines traditional tower defense gameplay with a more involved arcade playing style. This is not my first collaboration with Nathan.  When we were in the 6th grade, we both got the book Game Programming for Teens by...

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