Excited to have been admitted to the Aspen Music Festival and School as a composition fellow for the summer of 2018. During my residency there ensembles will premiere forthcoming works for orchestra and chamber ensemble.

The recording of my dissertation piece Red Wind is now up under Recordings and Scores (click the reveal box next to Chamber Music to access it). The work sets the poetry of Nathaniel Mackey to music for narrator, soprano, and chamber ensemble. Many thanks to Mr. Mackey, the wonderful players, and Duke Performances for their hard work putting this recording together.

I’m excited to be in residence at the Bowdoin International Music Festival this summer. Looking forward to performances of my chamber works by festival participants and fellows.

2017-04-24 10.04.48Recording my dissertation piece Red Wind today in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University with Mellissa Hughes, Nathaniel Mackey, Bill Kalinkos, Sam Budish, Tim Leopold, Mike Lormand, and the Brothers Balliett. I look forward to sharing it here after editing.

I’m thrilled to receive a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The press release may be viewed here: 2017 Music Awards.

The 2017 SCI Region IV Student Conference at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, has been a great experience so far. Looking forward to a performance of my wind quintet BEACON tonight by the Spice Quintet.

Last night the Durham Medical Orchestra, led by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, gave the premiere of my arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Double Concerto in D Minor BWV 1043, adapted for two soprano saxophones and orchestra, in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University. The soloists were North Carolina’s own virtuosi Susan Fancher and Branford Marsalis. It was an incredible performance! Many thanks to maestro Mösenbichler-Bryant, Ms. Fancher, Mr. Marsalis, and all of the orchestral players, it was a wonderful experience. Read a review by Bill Robinson here: CVNC.

vccagazeboI’m excited to be in residence at the beautiful Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA for two weeks. While here I will be working on my forthcoming dissertation piece that sets the poetry of Nathaniel Mackey to music for soprano, narrator, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, and bass. View the press release at the Duke Music Department’s website.

Heading to Chicago for the annual Electronic Music Midwest festival October 13-15 at Lewis University. Grateful to Sarah Plum for learning my piece “LUNE” for violin and playback, which will be performed on the 15th at 10am.

Today I have the good fortune of interviewing the outstanding French composer Pascal Dusapin about his music. This marks the culmination of a year of research, including the past week spent abroad in France, which has been graciously funded by a grant from the Duke University Graduate School.