The goal of my compositions is to create music that reflects my own personal experiences and connects with audiences and performers in a meaningful way. I am always honored when musicians choose to perform my music, and grateful for the opportunity to collaborate when possible!
I began composing over 25 years ago while I was an undergraduate at Shenandoah Conservatory. I was studying conducting with Professor Don Black, who challenged me to attempt to write a small piece of music to get into the mindset of the composer. I wasn’t sure where to begin, but with a background as a jazz saxophonist, I noodled around and eventually came up with a small idea.
Since that time, I’ve composed music for both amateur and professional musicians and received some great feedback from those with whom I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate. Recently, I’ve been taking a more personal and introspective route with my compositions. The piece that was premiered at the LMU music faculty recital in March 2016, “The Summer Sun Shines Faintly on Them” reflected my thoughts after moving to a region that has mountains after spending 13 years on the high plains in Kansas.
The “Concertino for Piano and Winds,” which was premiered in March 2017, was a personal challenge to myself to write a large-scale composition that showcased the talents of my superb piano colleague, Dr. Young Kim. It was a work that had been dancing around in my head for a few years and I finally felt that it was the right time to make it happen.
When I’m commissioned to write a piece of music, it’s very important for me as a composer to work with the commissioner to supply a piece that meets their needs, is of good quality, and will provide a positive experience for the musicians who perform the work. I like to think that I’m able to accomplish those three tasks with a great deal of success.
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