ORCHESTRA & SINFONIETTA

898 Hildegard (2016) for SATB Chorus and Orchestra

Orchestra Instrumentation:
2 Flute, 2 oboe, 2 Cl in Bb, 2 Horn, 2 Trumpet in Bb, 2 Trombone, 1 bass trombone, 1 Tuba, Timpani, harp, full strings

Audio recording at this time is not available for public streaming. For an idea of the piece, here is a MIDI realization:

898 Hildegard was commissioned by the Genesee Valley Community Orchestra to honor their founder, Sister Virginia Hogan, through the verse and melody of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). The title is borrowed from the name of a planetoid in our solar system, 898 Hildegard, thus connecting civilization’s ancient cosmos with the one that it continues to discover. I used excerpts from her chants “O Vis Eternitatis” and “O Gloriosissimi Lux Vivens Angeli,” in which the text is about eternity and angels. Then, I listened to the recordings of these chants on the Hildegard Society website (www.hildegard-society.org), and transcribed the performances in order to learn how these chants are presented rhythmically. After studying the intricate details of both chants, I then intertwined the original chant material with my own variations throughout, melding it together into a through-composed composition that not only displays my compositional style, but also highlights these beautiful chants by Hildegard von Bingen.

898 Hildegard was first premiered in Rochester, NY June 3-4, 2-16, and later revised for premiere by the Las Vegas Philharmonic April 1, 2017 at the Smith Center.

 

 

Tone Poems of Ethereality (2015)
1. Air and Angels
2. The Distant

Instrumentation:
2 flute, 2 oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 bassoon, 2 horn, 2 trumpet in Bb, 1 trombone, 1 bass trombone or tuba, timpani, 1 percussion (vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, xylophone, tam-tam), piano, full strings

Audio recording is not available at this time. For an idea of the piece, here is a MIDI realization:

Tone Poems of Ethereality was premiered by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Taras Krysa in February 2015, and received a second performance by the Lviv Philharmonic in March 2015.

 

 

Crystal Skies (2013)

Instrumentation:
2 Flute, 2 oboe, 2 Cl in Bb, 2 Horn, 2 Trumpet in Bb, 2 Trombone, 1 bass trombone, 1 Tuba, Timpani, harp, full strings

Excerpt from beginning:

Excerpt starting at letter E:

Recorded live at American Composers Orchestra’s 2013 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings. The first excerpt showcases the first 48 seconds of the piece, and the second excerpt showcases 2 minutes and 11 seconds of the middle section. ACO

Crystal Skies (2013) was inspired by my experience skydiving for the first time in upstate New York. It was a chilly November day, and as the airplane ascended into the air, it became even more freezing thousands of feet above the ground. When the door of the plane opened and I stepped out onto the ledge, I couldn’t wait to fall backwards and sink into the clouds. The freefall lasted approximately one minute, and then I felt like was just floating in the air. In my piece, I wanted to capture that feeling of being suspended in the chilly sky, as if I was flying. The string textures reflect the icy sky, portrayed by the artificial harmonics and ornamented lines that weave in and out of each other. The woodwinds represent birds gliding in the sky, and for a moment, I felt like a bird as I was slowly descending down to the ground. CrystalSkies-Rochester Womens

The Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra gave the Rochester premiere of Crystal Skies on June 8, 2014 at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, under the direction of Nancy Strelau.

 

 

Midnight Swim (2012) for sinfonietta

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in Bb, trombone, tuba, 2 percussion (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, large and medium gongs, drum set, triangle, bas drum), harp, piano, full strings

Excerpt from Midnight Swim

This is a live recording from the premiere.

Midnight Swim (2012) for sinfonietta was premiered at the Eastman Composers’ Sinfonietta concert, and conducted by Geoffrey Pope.

 

 

LA-TI-DA (2011) for sinfonietta, featuring coloratura soprano and tap dancer

Flute, Oboe, clarinet in Bb, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in Bb, trombone, tuba, 2 percussion (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, bongos, gongs, tam-tam, snare drum, hi-hat, suspended cymbal, triangle, woodblock), soprano, tap dancer or drum set, harp, piano, full strings

Excerpt from La-Ti-Da, mov. 1

Excerpt from La-Ti-Da, mov. 2, “Splash”

These are live recordings from the premiere.

LA-TI-DA (2011) was premiered under the direction of conductor Geoffrey Pope at the Eastman Composers’ Sinfonietta concert, featuring tap dancer Alex Dugdale and Jennifer Bellor as the soprano soloist. There are two movements, and the second movement is titled “Splash,” and exists as a piece on its own. The vocal part is to be performed as a vocalise, but another instrument may perform the part.

 

 

Ekho’s Lament (2009) for string orchestra

Here is a string quintet recording of the work (see category CHAMBER):

Ekho’s Lament (2009) was commissioned and premiered by Reuben Blundell and the Millersville University orchestra April 2009 at Millersville University, Millersville, PA. There is an additional version available for string quintet.

 

 

Bell Song (2008) for sinfonietta, featuring solo horn

Bell Song (2008) was premiered at the Eastman Composers’ Sinfonietta Concert, featuring hornist Sophia Goluses. Conducted by Geoffrey Pope.

 

 

Chimera (2007) for orchestra

Chimera (2007) was read at the Buffalo Philharmonic’s Young Composers Forum February, 2007.