My life in music has been a true journey: from trumpet performer, conductor, band director, to composer-theorist. I began composing during my undergraduate studies for the simple pleasure of creating new music. As a graduate conducting student I even studied composition privately in addition to my course requirements. In fact, during my final MFA conducting recital, which featured Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony and the Hebrides Overture, I premiered two of my own compositions, Immigrant’s Vision and Serenade for Orchestra. It was during this concert I finally understood that I was a composer at heart. Even though I loved performing the music of the great masters, creating my own music was the core of my musical life.
I believe that composers need to be part of a community. They must connect with musicians and audiences. You will see that my commissions come mostly from colleagues, ensembles, and institutions with whom I have ties. I consider it a great honor to compose music for them, to watch them embrace it, and to see them apply their considerable talents to its performance.