Category Archives: Composing

NEA Grant for New Work in 2017!

Very excited to announce this new project with the Tacoma Symphony for May 2017! Equally elated to working with Sarah Ioannides, my friend and colleague from our Curtis/Juilliard days! Homage To Mount Rainier Earns NEA Grant For Tacoma Symphony A … Continue reading

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3 Composers, 4 Quartets

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In just over one week from this precise moment†, my good friends Alex Freeman and Mathew Fuerst, together with the Amernet String Quartet, will present the second-ever program of our works on a concert at Merkin Hall on Manhattan’s Upper … Continue reading

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New Video!

Last week, Canadian violinist Jasper Wood performed my Double Aria at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. His performance was astounding! It was then that he let me know that, a few months back, he made this YouTube video: It’s equally amazing—thanks, Jasper!!

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Together Again (for the First Time)

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On June 19, two of my closest friends and I will have our work presented on Bargemusic‘s “Here and Now” series in Brooklyn. I can’t tell you how excited I am (actually, yes I can—keep reading!). Alex Freeman, Mathew Fuerst, … Continue reading

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Summer Program for Young Composers!

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The New York Summer Music Festival, where I teach alongside my good friend and colleague, Manuel Sosa, is now accepting applications for its 2015 sessions. There are two, two-week sessions, and young composers may apply to one or both. If … Continue reading

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Arnica Quartet to Play String Quartet No. 2 in Tacoma, Wash.

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I’m really excited that my good friends in the Arnica Quartet will be performing my Second String Quartet at 7:30PM on Jan. 30 at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Wash. The program is a homecoming of sorts, as the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Ned

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Ned Rorem (Photo © Christian Steiner) Last week, on Oct. 23, Ned Rorem celebrated his 91st birthday. I studied with Ned at Curtis from 1993-97. It was an experience that one could never forget, and it shaped me forever. While … Continue reading

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Are We Losing Music? Part One: “Sibelius®” (or “Yes, This Is a Screed Against Everyone’s Favorite Notation Software, But Someone Needs to Say It!”)

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At the risk of sounding like so many of those who have come before and been on the wrong side of history (I’m talkin’ ’bout you, guy who said music was dead in the 14th century!), I’m going to come … Continue reading

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“What kind of music do you write?”

Easily my least favorite question. Most composers get asked it on a routine basis by strangers or loose acquaintances, usually followed by unsolicited advice. “Hey! You should write for movies!” Funny that no one thinks twice about giving unsolicited advice … Continue reading

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Snapshot: “A Day in the Life of a Composer,” or “Why I Don’t Write Much Music”

There are no doubt plenty of professionals who can identify with the following statement: “I could get so much done, if only I didn’t have to _________!” At most I produce one or two works per year. That’s not very … Continue reading

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