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I compose music that is generally considered as “art” music. Like most composers that have academic degrees, I have written for a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, both large and small. On the list of works page, I include a brief description of the pieces to help give you an idea of what to expect when listening to them (and a little background as well). Sometimes the music is quite “dissonant,” but not unremittingly so. Most often, though, you will hear music that is tonal, generally considered “consonant,” and having jazz and impressionistic influences. This website includes sound files for a number of pieces that I hope you will listen to.  If you would like to perform something that has piqued your interest, please contact me using the form on the contact page.

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.

Please see the “Contact” page for information about ordering works on this site that interest you.

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