Works

Band

Three More Moods for Concert Band  (2019)

I. Agitated

II. Tenderness

III. Playful

Fanfare on Joy to the World  (2019)  2:38

For concert band, solo voice, and choir.

Commissioned by HSU for the First Annual Christmas at HSU Celebration.

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Fanfare on Joy to the World for concert band, solo treble, and SATB choir

Three Moods for Concert Band  (2019)  6:00

Arrangement of Three Moods for Piano

I. Somber

II. Joyful

III. Confident

Veni Creator Spiritus – Concert Band Version  (2019)  7:00

Commissioned by Dr. David Robinson, Director of Bands, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas

This work is an arrangement of my orchestra piece of the same name. It reflects the jubilant, creative nature of the Holy Spirit. The music is a combination of ancient liturgical chant and modern harmonic idioms, with a healthy dose of 16th-century polyphony for good measure!

Scored for Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bb Bass Clarinet, 2 Eb Alto Saxophones, 1 Bb Tenor Saxophone, 1 Eb Baritone Saxophone, 1 Bassoon, 4 F Horns, 4 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbals (Gong), Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone.

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Nocturne – horn quartet  (2019)  5'07"

Dedicated to and Commissioned by Lawson Hager

For Lawson Hager and the Horn Studio at Hardin-Simmons University.

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The First Age of Middle-Earth: a Symphony for Concert Band  (2013-2014)  @31:00

I – The Shadow Lengthens
II – The Fall of Nargothrond
III – Upon Hearing the Nightingale
IV – The Morningtide of Númenor

This symphony is dedicated to the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band and its conductor, Dr. Wayne Dorothy. It was inspired by important themes that I found in The Silmarillion. It formed the basis of a presentation I gave titled, “From Epic Narrative to Music: Tolkien’s Universe as Inspiration for The First Age of Middle-earth: a Symphony for Concert Band” for the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies for the Worlds made of Heroes Conference “On the 60th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring”, 6-7 November 2014, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto.

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Three Portuguese Folksongs for band  (2008)  7:30

Scored for grade 3 bands

I. Uma laranja

II. Meu benzinho

III. La vai o comboio

This set was premiered by the Anson High School Concert Band (Anson, Texas) under the direction of Rob Hartman.

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Short and Suite  (2007)

arrangement of Dance Suite for wind ensemble

I. Prelude

II. March

III. Ballade

IV. Waltz

V. Two-Step

This set was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy.

Three Sketches on Jonathan  (2006)

for wind ensemble

I. Whirling Dervish

II. Night Sighs

III. Mischief

This work is an arrangement of my “Piano Sonata, no. 1”. I made this arrangement because I believed the material was perfect for concert band. The set is highly evocative of some of the fun things my son did when he was a child.

Energy of Youth  (2000)  5:00

for concert band

This piece was commissioned by Chris Mudd, band director of Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon.

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Hope in the Age of Anxiety  (1999)

for concert band

This piece was read by the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rob Ponto.

Ascension for marching band  (1991, rev. 1998)  2:51

for marching band

The original version was performed by the Saint Paul High School Marching Band (Santa Fe Springs, California) under the direction of Bernie Scherr.

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Bandmaster Overture  (1990, rev. 1994)

for wind ensemble

This piece was commissioned by Duane Weston, former band director of the College of the Sequoias, Visalia, California. Its premiere was conducted by Bernie Scherr.

Feelin’ Good Today for marching band  (1985)  2:30

This piece was performed by the College of the Sequoias Marching Band many years ago under the name of Fanfare and Entry. I’ve changed that name to better reflect what the piece truly is: a stand tune in the style of 70’s pop.

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Brass

Variations on a New Folksong for brass quintet  (2022)  4:10

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The Long Goodbye for Bb trumpet and piano  (2021)  10:36

The Long Goodbye” traces the emotional journey of gradually losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. It begins with the sudden, but not completely unexpected diagnosis, and then evokes the highs and lows of the good and bad days in which the present and memories of the past become intertwined. Near the end of the piece, there is dramatic passage in which the profound sense of loss is keenly felt. The piece concludes with an epilogue that conveys the Christian hope of eternal life for our loved ones.

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and premiered by the ACU wind ensemble, it is part of the Consortium Commissioning Project sponsored by ACU, HSU, McMurry, and Eastern New Mexico University. This version is for purchase for those that seek to enter the Consortium.

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Easter Meditation for brass quintet  (2022)  2:56

For the Key City Brass.

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The Sound of Trumpets for the Lord  (2021)  4:11

for mixed trumpet ensemble

Piccolo Trumpet in A, Piccolo Trumpet in G, Trumpet in D, Rotary Trumpet in C, Trumpet in C, Piccolo Trumpet in Bb, Trumpet in Eb, Trumpet in Bb, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Low Trumpet in F, and Bass Trumpet in Bb.

This work was commissioned by Jay Lester for the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their performance at TMEA in February, 2022.

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A Christmas Medley  (2012)  3:25

  1. What Child is This?
  2. Greensleeves
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  4. We Three Kings
  5. Good Christian Men Rejoice

for brass quartet/quintet (horn/trombone)

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Nocturne – brass quintet  (2019)  5:07

Commissioned by and Dedicated to Lawson Hager.

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Five Duets for Trumpets  (2020)  9:04

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Pentecost Meditation for brass quintet  (2021)  4:51

Communion hymn meditation.

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Evening Reflections for flugelhorn and piano  (2020)  9:27

for Flugelhorn and piano

Commissioned by and Dedicated to David Amlung in honor of his father

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Who’s on First for Bb Trumpet and Trombone  (2020)  4:03

Commissioned by and Dedicated to John E. Kennedy, Professor of Fine Arts, South Plains College, Levelland, Texas

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Fanfare and Hymn for trumpet sextet  (2020)  5+ minutes

Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Altus Trumpet Ensemble

Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Altus Trumpet Ensemble.

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Forever Rising double trumpet quintet  (2018)  4.00

This piece was commissioned by members of the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their upcoming performance at the 2019 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Symphonic Duet for Trumpet and Percussion  (2018)  7:42

Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and Dr. Juan Mendoza

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Lontano for Bb Trumpet, Percussion, and Electronics  (2018)  7:55

This piece evokes images of an ancient battle field, long silent, upon which the echoes of the  combatants still linger.

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For Those We Miss for two trumpets and piano  (2016)  8:52

This piece is dedicated to all of the wonderful musicians that have either recently passed away or are no longer teaching at HSU. The music traces their emotional state of hearing bad news and their struggle with the life decisions that followed this news.

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Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ  (2016)  17:32

Written for the Key City Brass Quintet and Hye-Jean Choi

I. Intensity

II. Solemnity

III. Jollity

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A Trumpet Shall Sound for brass quintet  (2016)  6:11

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung, Assistant Professor of Music, McMurry University, in honor of Dr. Mark Wilcox.

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Fanfare and Prelude for trumpet and organ  (1992)  2:09

for trumpet and organ

I wrote this piece for myself and the organist at my former parish church. We premiered it at an Easter Vigil service. I also performed it again in Eugene, Oregon. It is rhythmic, tonal, and stately.  

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Fanfare for Four Trumpets  (1995)

This piece was written for trumpet players in the studio of George Recker, my trumpet professor at the University of Oregon. It was premiered at the School of Music graduation ceremony in 1996.

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Brass Octet in Three Movements  (1996‑97)  16:48

for 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba, in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Chorale

III. Time

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997.

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Fanfare for an Uncommon Trumpeter  (2000, rev. 2011)  1:00

for solo Bb trumpet

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Fanfare for the New Millennium for brass quintet  (2001)  4:10

This piece won the University of Oregon’s 125th Anniversary Composition Commission Competition. 

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Academic Fanfare and Processional for brass octet, timpani, and organ  (2001)  6:34

This work was commissioned by Hardin-Simmons University for the inauguration of its former president, Dr. Craig Turner.

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Fanfare for Six Horns  (2002)  2:13

This piece was written for the horn studio of former Dean and Associate Professor of Horn, Lawson Hager, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Jubilation Fanfare for large brass ensemble  (2005)  3:02

for 6 trumpets, 5 horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas, timpani, cymbals

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Three Cues for Trumpet and Piano  (2009)  15:43

I. Watch Out!

II. Take a Break

III. Get Up, Get Moving!

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox, Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.

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Six Portuguese Folksongs for Brass Quintet  (2010)

arranged for young musicians

I. A Pastorinha

II. Carro amaricano

III. Coradinha

IV. Mourisca

V. O ai, o linda!

VI. O Xi-Xi

These pieces are published by Cherry Classics and can be purchased at: https://cherryclassics.com/collections/vendors?q=Scherr

 

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Groovy Pastorinhas for brass quintet  (2010)  2:30

This piece is a VERY jazzy version of a Portuguese folksong.

This piece was written for the Key City Brass Quintet. 

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Let’s Go Fast for trumpet quintet  (2010)  4:13

also arranged for brass quintet

This piece was commissioned by the late Dr. Mark Wilcox, former Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.

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Echoes for two trumpets  (2010)

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Bernard Scherr.

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Featurettes for brass quintet  (2010)  10:10

in three movements

Featurette I: A Little Work

Featurette II: A Little Rest

Featurette III: A Little Play

This piece was written for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Corners for trumpet quartet  (2011)

This piece was a commission by Dr. John Irish, Professor of Trumpet at Angelo State University.

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Summer for brass quintet  (2012)

in four movements

I. Sun Rising

II. Heat

III. No Vacation

IV. Early evening

This piece was inspired by the terribly hot summer of 2010. It was composed for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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The Music of Valinor for brass quintet  (2013)

in four movements

I. The Procession of the Valar, With the Interludes of Melkor

II. The Song of Yavanna, Creating Telperion and Laurelin

III. The Treachery of Melkor, the Theft of the Silmarils

IV. The Ascent of Vingilot, the Rise of the Star of Eärendil

This piece is inspired by the beautiful tales found in The Silmarillion, and was composed and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Grey Skies for horn and piano  (2014)  9:45

Commissioned by Dr. Robert Tucker. This piece was inspired by the grey skies that haunted Sam and Frodo as they struggled in their journey towards Mordor.  They were single-minded in their dedicated to completing what seemed and felt like an impossible task. They overcame their fear and constantly moved forward toward their goal, whatever end that would be.

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Chamber Instrumental

Restless for piano  (2022)  9:27

This piece expresses all the emotions associated with being restless: anxious, sleepless, concern, and worry.

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Variations on a New Folksong for woodwind quintet  (2022)  4:10

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Variations on a New Folksong for brass quintet  (2022)  4:10

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Variations on a New Folksong for piano  (2022)  4:10

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Variations on a “Folksong” for wind quartet  (2022)  4:41

For flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. Based on a newly composed folksong that shares many traits with traditional European folksongs. This piece is also arranged for string quartet.

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Easter Meditation for brass quintet  (2022)  2:56

For the Key City Brass.

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The Long Goodbye for Bb trumpet and piano  (2021)  10:36

The Long Goodbye” traces the emotional journey of gradually losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. It begins with the sudden, but not completely unexpected diagnosis, and then evokes the highs and lows of the good and bad days in which the present and memories of the past become intertwined. Near the end of the piece, there is dramatic passage in which the profound sense of loss is keenly felt. The piece concludes with an epilogue that conveys the Christian hope of eternal life for our loved ones.

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and premiered by the ACU wind ensemble, it is part of the Consortium Commissioning Project sponsored by ACU, HSU, McMurry, and Eastern New Mexico University. This version is for purchase for those that seek to enter the Consortium.

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The Sound of Trumpets for the Lord  (2021)  4:11

for mixed trumpet ensemble

Piccolo Trumpet in A, Piccolo Trumpet in G, Trumpet in D, Rotary Trumpet in C, Trumpet in C, Piccolo Trumpet in Bb, Trumpet in Eb, Trumpet in Bb, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Low Trumpet in F, and Bass Trumpet in Bb.

This work was commissioned by Jay Lester for the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their performance at TMEA in February, 2022.

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Pentecost Meditation for brass quintet  (2021)  4:51

Communion hymn meditation.

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Five Duets for Trumpets  (2020)  9:04

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Liberty’s Dream, Freedom’s Journey  (2020)  8:05

for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon

This piece is commissioned by and dedicated to the Key City Winds. This piece was inspired by the words and sentiments of the “I Have a Dream” speech given by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  May the issue of racial differences never be used to divide America. May the peace of Christ unite us all.

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Evening Reflections for flugelhorn and piano  (2020)  9:27

for Flugelhorn and piano

Commissioned by and Dedicated to David Amlung in honor of his father

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Who’s on First for Bb Trumpet and Trombone  (2020)  4:03

Commissioned by and Dedicated to John E. Kennedy, Professor of Fine Arts, South Plains College, Levelland, Texas

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Fanfare and Hymn for trumpet sextet  (2020)  5+ minutes

Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Altus Trumpet Ensemble

Commissioned by and Dedicated to the Altus Trumpet Ensemble.

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Nocturne – brass quintet  (2019)  5:07

Commissioned by and Dedicated to Lawson Hager.

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Three Moods for Piano  (2019)  5:56

Inspired by the silent film score anthology of Erno Rapee.

I. Somber

II. Joyful

III. Confident

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Nocturne – horn quartet  (2019)  5'07"

Dedicated to and Commissioned by Lawson Hager

For Lawson Hager and the Horn Studio at Hardin-Simmons University.

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Parable for Oboe and Piano  (2019)  7:50

Dedicated to Susie Rockett.

For Susie Rockett.

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A Single Candle for bassoon and piano  (2018)  5:35

bassoon and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Janelle Ott, Instructor of Bassoon, HSU.

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Forever Rising double trumpet quintet  (2018)  4.00

This piece was commissioned by members of the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild for their upcoming performance at the 2019 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Symphonic Duet for Trumpet and Percussion  (2018)  7:42

Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung and Dr. Juan Mendoza

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Four “Chants” of Francisco de Lacerda  (2018)  5:27

I. Chant du feu

II. Chanson triste

III. Chant de la montagne

IV. Chanson de la route (Nord)

Arranged for string quartet, originally for piano.

Please contact Bernard Scherr for score use for performance.

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Canção do berço of Francisco de Lacerda  (2018)  3:09

Arranged for string quartet, originally for piano.

Please contact Bernard Scherr for score use for performance.

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Music of the Ainur  (2018)  9:41

Dedicated to the Abilene Chamber Consortium.

for woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartet, piano, percussion, and electronics. The version without electronics can be purchased on the webstore.

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Lontano for Bb Trumpet, Percussion, and Electronics  (2018)  7:55

This piece evokes images of an ancient battle field, long silent, upon which the echoes of the  combatants still linger.

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Just Below the Eaves for woodwind quintet  (2017)  5:47

Commissioned by the Key City Winds.

For the Key City Winds.

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Just Stand Up and Play for trumpet quintet  (2017)  2:54

Commissioned by Dr. David Amlung for the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild.

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For Those We Miss for two trumpets and piano  (2016)  8:52

This piece is dedicated to all of the wonderful musicians that have either recently passed away or are no longer teaching at HSU. The music traces their emotional state of hearing bad news and their struggle with the life decisions that followed this news.

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Three Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ  (2016)  17:32

Written for the Key City Brass Quintet and Hye-Jean Choi

I. Intensity

II. Solemnity

III. Jollity

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A Trumpet Shall Sound for brass quintet  (2016)  6:11

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Amlung, Assistant Professor of Music, McMurry University, in honor of Dr. Mark Wilcox.

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Cirith Ungol  (2015)  11:12

Flute/Piccolo, Oboe/English horn, Bb Clarinet/Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, C Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone, Tuba, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Piano, Percussion: claves, triangle, timbales (2), cymbals, tam-tam

This piece was requested by Dr. Charlie Coltman for the Abilene Chamber Players for a special concert featuring Hardin-Simmons University Composers. The concert was in the fall of 2015. I have wanted to compose a piece based on the time Frodo and Sam entered Shelob’s tunnel to their leaving the Tower of Cirith Ungol. I also wanted to work with my colleagues, Steve Neves and Mike Jones, on creating drawings that focused on 10 scenes from this story arc. The performance included a film of their art that was coordinated with the music. Anyone familiar with Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, will know that this episode is perhaps the most frightening and perilous part of his epic story. If not for the heroic bravery of Sam, the quest to destroy the Ring would have failed. The music and artwork, in many ways, are in homage to him.

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On Memories Not Forgotten: Echoes of Regret and Whispers of Solitude  (2014)  8:51

for flute and piano

Commissioned by and dedicated to Dr. Karla Ordoñez. This piece was inspired by the tragic memories of the remnant of the Noldor still living in Middle-earth in the Third Age who remember the kin-strife caused by the Oath of Fëanor.

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Grey Skies for horn and piano  (2014)  9:45

Commissioned by Dr. Robert Tucker. This piece was inspired by the grey skies that haunted Sam and Frodo as they struggled in their journey towards Mordor.  They were single-minded in their dedicated to completing what seemed and felt like an impossible task. They overcame their fear and constantly moved forward toward their goal, whatever end that would be.

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The Music of Valinor for brass quintet  (2013)

in four movements

I. The Procession of the Valar, With the Interludes of Melkor

II. The Song of Yavanna, Creating Telperion and Laurelin

III. The Treachery of Melkor, the Theft of the Silmarils

IV. The Ascent of Vingilot, the Rise of the Star of Eärendil

This piece is inspired by the beautiful tales found in The Silmarillion, and was composed and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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A Christmas Medley  (2012)  3:25

  1. What Child is This?
  2. Greensleeves
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  4. We Three Kings
  5. Good Christian Men Rejoice

for brass quartet/quintet (horn/trombone)

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Bernie’s Blues  (2012)

electronic

This piece was composed as an example to be used in my “Composing with Pro Tools and Reason” class. It’s a funny little tune imitating a live performance. The class and I are both audience and performers.

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Tightrope for piano duet  (2012)  8:10

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Kay Williams and Dr. Pauline Bjorem. They were on the piano faculty at Abilene Christian University. This piece contains a number of jazz idioms, such as rag-time rhythms and extended seventh-chords.

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Summer for brass quintet  (2012)

in four movements

I. Sun Rising

II. Heat

III. No Vacation

IV. Early evening

This piece was inspired by the terribly hot summer of 2010. It was composed for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Corners for trumpet quartet  (2011)

This piece was a commission by Dr. John Irish, Professor of Trumpet at Angelo State University.

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The Setting Sun for flute and piano  (2011)  5:53

This piece was a commission by Dr. Lisa McArthur, Professor of Music at Campbellsville University.

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What’s for Lunch? for flute, oboe, and clarinet  (2011)

in three movements

I. Noodles

II. Ice Tea

III. Soup

This piece was written at the request of my “lunch buddies” for the woodwind faculty at Hardin-Simmons University. 

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Six Portuguese Folksongs for Brass Quintet  (2010)

arranged for young musicians

I. A Pastorinha

II. Carro amaricano

III. Coradinha

IV. Mourisca

V. O ai, o linda!

VI. O Xi-Xi

These pieces are published by Cherry Classics and can be purchased at: https://cherryclassics.com/collections/vendors?q=Scherr

 

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Groovy Pastorinhas for brass quintet  (2010)  2:30

This piece is a VERY jazzy version of a Portuguese folksong.

This piece was written for the Key City Brass Quintet. 

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Music in Colors for piano  (2010)

four pieces on the paintings of Joao de Brito

I. Trees

II. Hills and Mountains

III. The Vineyard

IV. Water Colors

This work was inspired by the paintings of Joao de Brito and the brilliant piano playing of Joao Bettencourt da Camara. Senor da Camara has performed these pieces in the US and the UK.

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Let’s Go Fast for trumpet quintet  (2010)  4:13

also arranged for brass quintet

This piece was commissioned by the late Dr. Mark Wilcox, former Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.

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Night and Day for clarinet  (2010)  7:21

in two movements

I. Night

II. Day

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Coltman, Professor of Woodwinds, Hardin-Simmons University.

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No Second Chances for percussion octet  (2010)  4:05

This piece was commissioned by Keith Lloyd, Instructor of Percussion and Music History, McMurry University.

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Openings for viola (or cello) quartet  (2010)  6:36

for viola quartet

This piece was a commission by Dr. Peter Neubert, Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola at Hardin-Simmons University.

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Echoes for two trumpets  (2010)

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Bernard Scherr.

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Featurettes for brass quintet  (2010)  10:10

in three movements

Featurette I: A Little Work

Featurette II: A Little Rest

Featurette III: A Little Play

This piece was written for and premiered by the Key City Brass Quintet.

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Music in Colors for string quartet  (2009)  20:30

  1. Trees
  2. Hills and Mountains
  3. The Vineyard
  4. Water Colors

Selections of Music in Colors for piano arranged for string quartet.

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Three Portuguese Folksongs for piano  (2009)

for piano

I. Os Reis, Ó da casa carvalheira

II. A Nossa Senhora d’Aires

III. Cana Verde

These arrangements were made for the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Balzer and Blondina Scherr.

Three Cues for Trumpet and Piano  (2009)  15:43

I. Watch Out!

II. Take a Break

III. Get Up, Get Moving!

This piece was written for Dr. Mark Wilcox, Assistant Professor of High Brass, McMurry University.

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Black Coffee for cello and piano  (2009)  9:30

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Kristin Isaacson, Assistant Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

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I Need A Nap for viola and piano  (2008)  7:08

This piece was commissioned by and is dedicated to Dr. Peter Neubert, former Visiting Instructor of Music, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Dance Suite for piano  (2007)  12:48

for piano, in five movements

I. Prelude

II. March

III. Ballade

IV. Waltz

V. Two-Step

This piece was arranged for concert band which was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy.

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Morning Whispers for flute, viola, and harp  (2006)  8:50

Morning Whispers was inspired by the Debussy Trio and their readings of student compositions many years ago at the University of Oregon.

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Portuguese Folksongs, Book II for string quartet  (2006)

arranged for string quartet and string orchestra

I. O “melitar, melitar”!

II. Namorei a Felismina

III. Eu esta “manhé áchei”

IV. Brincas tu

V. Cravos em teu peito

VI. Esta Noite Rodou um Carro

VII. Donde vens, ó Agostinho?

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Portuguese Folksongs, Book I for string quartet  (2006)  15:48

arranged for string quartet and string orchestra

I. A “Fecha” da Mijarela

II. A Senhora da Saúde

III. Dai voltas, Senhor!

IV. Á Sombra do arvoredo

V. Os Reis

VI. Aldeia não vale nada

VII. O menina “Delaidinha”!

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Organ Trio for violin, cello, and organ  (2005)  17:15

in three movements

I. Expectation

II. Waiting

III. Arrival

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Tido Janssen, former Associate Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Jubilation Fanfare for large brass ensemble  (2005)  3:02

for 6 trumpets, 5 horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas, timpani, cymbals

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Clarinet Sonata  (2004)

for clarinet and piano.

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Coltman, Professor of Woodwinds, Hardin-Simmons University. This work has also been performed on numerous occasions by Dr. Thomas Josenhans.

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Piano Quintet for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano  (2002)

in three movements

I. With intensity

II. Adagio

III. Chaconne

This piece was commissioned and premiered by the Abilene Chamber Players.

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Fanfare for Six Horns  (2002)  2:13

This piece was written for the horn studio of former Dean and Associate Professor of Horn, Lawson Hager, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Fanfare for the New Millennium for brass quintet  (2001)  4:10

This piece won the University of Oregon’s 125th Anniversary Composition Commission Competition. 

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Academic Fanfare and Processional for brass octet, timpani, and organ  (2001)  6:34

This work was commissioned by Hardin-Simmons University for the inauguration of its former president, Dr. Craig Turner.

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Fanfare for an Uncommon Trumpeter  (2000, rev. 2011)  1:00

for solo Bb trumpet

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Scherzando on Man Mei Longe for 2 clarinets and 2 marimbas  (1997)  2:04

This piece was an assignment for my doctorate exams in composition. I enjoyed the result so much that I have added it to my oeuvre. It is a fun setting of an old English folksong.

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Around the Box  (1997)

for tape, electronic music piece; lost

Brass Octet in Three Movements  (1996‑97)  16:48

for 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba, in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Chorale

III. Time

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997.

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Woodwind Quartet  (1996)  17:00

for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon (or B-flat Bass clarinet with low C extension); in four movements.

I. March

II. Lament

III. Chorale

IV. Rondo

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997. It had its Texas premiere Abilene in 2012.

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Compline for violin and piano  (1996)

Waltzophone  (1995)  2:15

for solo instrument and piano

This piece is a tribute to Gustav Mahler, one of my compositional heroes.

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Fugue  (1995)  2:20

This piece cleverly combines quartal and quintal elements in a serial manner. It is arranged for the following groups:

Oboe, clarinet, bassoon

Oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet

Soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax

2 violins and cello

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Fanfare for Four Trumpets  (1995)

This piece was written for trumpet players in the studio of George Recker, my trumpet professor at the University of Oregon. It was premiered at the School of Music graduation ceremony in 1996.

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Miniature Dance Suite for flute, viola, and harp  (1994-95)

in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Sarabande

III. Estampie

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in January of 1996.

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Organ Preludes  (1994-2001)

No. 1 based on Agnus Dei for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin (Cum jubilo)

No. 2 based on Veni, Veni Emmanuel

No. 3 based on Alma Redemptoris

No. 4 based on Ryrie for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin (Cum jubilo)

No. 5 based on Pange lingua gloriosi

No. 6 based on Stabat Mater

No. 7 based on O Filii et Filiae

No. 8 based on Of the Father’s Love Begotten

No. 9 based on Jesu dulcis memoria

No. 10 based on Creator alme siderum

No. 11 based on Victimae Paschali Laudes

No. 12 based on Veni Creator Spiritus

These preludes are based on the plainchants listed below. Preludes 11 and 12 were commissioned by Dr. David Eaton, former Assistant Professor of Organ, Hardin-Simmons University. The complete collection is published by Zimbel Press: http://store.subitomusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2616

Piano Sonata No. 1  (1993‑94)

in three movements; arranged for wind ensemble as “Three Sketches on Jonathan”

I. Whirling Dervish

II. Night Sighs

III. Mischief

This work was inspired by my son when he was a toddler. It was also inspired by my love of the music of Ravel. It has a number of impressionist strands and requires virtuosic skill to perform it satisfactorily. It was premiered in Eugene, Oregon.

String Quartet No. 1  (1992-93)

in three movements

I. Moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon. It is tonal, lyrical, and quite expressive.

Two‑Part Invention for violin and cello  (1992)  2:56

The opening of this piece was written during a faculty meeting in which my mind was starting to drift. It is energetic, tonal, and, perhaps, a bit too Bach-like; but, I keep it in my oeuvre because it is so much fun. It awaits its premiere.

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Fanfare and Prelude for trumpet and organ  (1992)  2:09

for trumpet and organ

I wrote this piece for myself and the organist at my former parish church. We premiered it at an Easter Vigil service. I also performed it again in Eugene, Oregon. It is rhythmic, tonal, and stately.  

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Lied for solo instrument and piano  (1987)  4:03

arranged for B-flat, C, and E-flat instruments

Like the name implies, a song for solo instrument and piano in the style of the Romantic era. It is one of the earliest complete pieces I have ever written.

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Chamber Vocal

Song of Songs  (2011-2012)

six songs for soprano, tenor, and piano, text adapted from the Bible by Bernard Scherr

I. Salutations

II. The Search

III. Admiration

IV. The Dream

V. The Journey

VI. Love

This set of six songs was commissioned by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth, Director of Opera, Hardin-Simmons University. He wanted a set of songs based on the Song of Songs from the Old Testament that he and his wife, Rosie, could sing together. His only requirement was that the set include the verse: “Place me as a seal over your heart”. I developed a narrative from various parts of the book and then formed coherent lyrics from this narrative. There are a number of instances in which the text is quite intimate; but, this is wholly appropriate given that this performers are married and in love!

Three Psalms  (2005)

for soprano, mezzo soprano and piano

I. Psalm 6

II. Psalm 121

III. Psalm 93

These were commissioned by Dr. Lynnette Chambers, Professor of Voice at Hardin-Simmons University, and Dr. Kecia Ashford, former Associate Professor of Voice at Hardin-Simmons University. The set has been performed on numerous occasions by Dr. Chambers and Dr. Melody Rich, Assistant Professor of Voice, Hardin-Simmons University. 

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Life’s Immortalities  (2002-2003)

for mezzo soprano and piano, texts by Robert Browning, in two movements

I. Fame

II. Love

This set was commissioned by Dr. Jayne Middleton, Professor of Voice at Hardin-Simmons University.

Six Songs  (1995-99)

for soprano and piano

I. Ring Out, Wild Bells (1995 96) for sop. and piano, text by Alfred Tennyson

II. I Like To See It Lap The Miles (1996) for sop. and piano, text by Emily Dickinson

III. Because I Could Not Stop For Death (1997) for sop. and piano, text by Emily Dickinson

IV. Sweet and Low (1998) for sop. and piano, text by Alfred Tennyson

V. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead (1998) for sop. and piano, text by Alfred  Tennyson

VI. Hope (1999) for sop. and piano, text by Emily Dickinson

These songs were premiered in two different locations by Lorri Frogget and Sandy Holder. Three songs were premiered in Washington, and three were premiered in Oregon.

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Life Moves In Delicate Ripples  (1987)

for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, Bb trumpet, soprano, and strings, text by Ulrich Schaffer

This piece was premiered at Hardin-Simmons University.

Think of You  (1985)

for flute, oboe, soprano, and piano, text by Bernard Scherr

This piece was commissioned by Beth and Joel Nunes on the occasion of their wedding.

Choral

I Know the Plans I Have for You  (2019)

SSAATTBB and piano 4-hands

Dedicated to Lynette Chambers, Lauren and Mark Puckett, and Clell Wright

Text Jeremiah 29:11-4, adapted by Bernie Scherr

Psalm 148  (2016)  3:15

for SATB chorus and organ

By Night When Others Soundly Slept  (2014)

for SATB chorus and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Clell Wright, Director, Abilene Chamber Singers.

To My Dear and Loving Husband  (2014)

for SATB chorus and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Clell Wright, Director, Abilene Chamber Singers.

Daybreak  (2013)

for SATB chorus, children, brass quintet, and organ

Commissioned by the Abilene Classical Chorus.

There Came A Wind  (2012)

for SATB chorus, brass quintet, and organ

Commissioned by the Abilene Classical Chorus.

Cancioneiro Minhoto – five Portuguese folksongs  (2011)

SATB choir, guitar and double bass in five movements

I. Ana Mariana

II. Conde Albano

III. Berde Gaio

IV. Rosa, a pastorinha

V. Ciranda

These Portuguese folksong settings were commissioned and performed by Dr. Clell Wright, Director of Choral Activities at Hardin-Simmons University. Recordings of these folksong texts by a native continental Portuguese speaker are available for download. Please use the “Contact” page to receive a link for downloading these recordings. The link will be made available to those that have purchased the piece. 

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The Lord is My Shepherd  (2010)

SATB and organ, Psalm 23

This piece was commissioned by the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, in honor of the retirement of Conrad Bratton, their long-time music director.

Today A Savior Has Been Born  (2003)

SATB, Luke 2:11-14

Arranged for orchestra and chorus as “The Gloria” as part of “Scenes from the Nativity.” This piece was commissioned by Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, former conductor of the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Choir.

Agnus Dei  (2001)

for SATB chorus, English horn, and cello

This piece was recognized in the Waging Peace through Singing Project in Oregon.

The Spirit of Our God Rests in Christ Jesus  (1999, revised 2022)  3:16

SATB, assembly, text based on Isaiah 61

This piece was commissioned by St. Thomas More Newman Center in Eugene, Oregon. It is appropriate as a liturgical hymn.

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Sweetest of Sweets  (1996)

SATB, text by George Herbert

This piece was commissioned by Dennis Davenport, former director of the Adult Choir, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon.

Six Songs on Rose Texts  (1995-98)  12:36

for SATB choir

I. Roses (1995), SATB, text by Louise Chandler Moulton

II. Nobody Knows This Little Rose (1995), SATB, text by Emily Dickinson

III. A White Rose (1998), SATB, text by John Boyle O’Reilly

IV. Fifty‑fourth Sonnet (1998), SATB, text by William Shakespeare

V. The Last Rose of Summer (1998), SATB, text by Thomas Moore

VI. A Single Rose (1998), SATB, text by Rainer Maria Rilke

Several of these pieces were premiered by the University of Oregon Chamber Choir. Several others saw their premiere by the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Choir.

 

 

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God, Father  (1993‑94)

SATB, text by Bernard Scherr

This piece was premiered by the University of Oregon Chamber Choir under the direction of Kathryn Olson.

Psalm 22  (1991)

SATB and organ, text adapted by Bernard Scherr

Fanfare for Easter for SATB chorus, brass septet, and timpani  (1987)  7:22

Scored for SATB chorus, 2 Bb trumpets, 2 F horns, 2 trombones, tuba, and timpani

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Keyboard

Restless for piano  (2022)  9:27

This piece expresses all the emotions associated with being restless: anxious, sleepless, concern, and worry.

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Variations on a New Folksong for piano  (2022)  4:10

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Three Moods for Piano  (2019)  5:56

Inspired by the silent film score anthology of Erno Rapee.

I. Somber

II. Joyful

III. Confident

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Piano Sonata No. 1  (1993‑94)

in three movements; arranged for wind ensemble as “Three Sketches on Jonathan”

I. Whirling Dervish

II. Night Sighs

III. Mischief

This work was inspired by my son when he was a toddler. It was also inspired by my love of the music of Ravel. It has a number of impressionist strands and requires virtuosic skill to perform it satisfactorily. It was premiered in Eugene, Oregon.

Organ Preludes  (1994-2001)

No. 1 based on Agnus Dei for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin (Cum jubilo)

No. 2 based on Veni, Veni Emmanuel

No. 3 based on Alma Redemptoris

No. 4 based on Ryrie for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin (Cum jubilo)

No. 5 based on Pange lingua gloriosi

No. 6 based on Stabat Mater

No. 7 based on O Filii et Filiae

No. 8 based on Of the Father’s Love Begotten

No. 9 based on Jesu dulcis memoria

No. 10 based on Creator alme siderum

No. 11 based on Victimae Paschali Laudes

No. 12 based on Veni Creator Spiritus

These preludes are based on the plainchants listed below. Preludes 11 and 12 were commissioned by Dr. David Eaton, former Assistant Professor of Organ, Hardin-Simmons University. The complete collection is published by Zimbel Press: http://store.subitomusic.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2616

Organ Trio for violin, cello, and organ  (2005)  17:15

in three movements

I. Expectation

II. Waiting

III. Arrival

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Tido Janssen, former Associate Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Dance Suite for piano  (2007)  12:48

for piano, in five movements

I. Prelude

II. March

III. Ballade

IV. Waltz

V. Two-Step

This piece was arranged for concert band which was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy.

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Three Portuguese Folksongs for piano  (2009)

for piano

I. Os Reis, Ó da casa carvalheira

II. A Nossa Senhora d’Aires

III. Cana Verde

These arrangements were made for the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Balzer and Blondina Scherr.

Music in Colors for piano  (2010)

four pieces on the paintings of Joao de Brito

I. Trees

II. Hills and Mountains

III. The Vineyard

IV. Water Colors

This work was inspired by the paintings of Joao de Brito and the brilliant piano playing of Joao Bettencourt da Camara. Senor da Camara has performed these pieces in the US and the UK.

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Tightrope for piano duet  (2012)  8:10

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Kay Williams and Dr. Pauline Bjorem. They were on the piano faculty at Abilene Christian University. This piece contains a number of jazz idioms, such as rag-time rhythms and extended seventh-chords.

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Canção do berço by Francisco Lacerda for String Orchestra  (2022)  2:58

Arranged for string orchestra from the original piano score.

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Four “Chants” by Francisco Lacerda for String Orchestra  (2022)  5:28

I. Chant du feu

II. Chanson triste

III. Chant de la montagne

IV. Chanson de la route (Nord)

Arranged for string orchestra from the original piano scores.

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Variations on a New Folksong for string orchestra  (2022)  4:10

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The Sound of Trumpets for the Lord orchestra version  (2022)  4:11

This is an orchestral arrangement of a piece that was commissioned by the Lone Star State Trumpet Guild in 2021. The parts also include B-flat Bass Clarinets as substitutes for bassoons.

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There Was No Spring  (2022)  12:00

In 2022 we saw no spring in the region in which I live.
There were no wildflowers and rich green grasses covering
the meadows and pastures. Fields of winter wheat, planted
months before with the promise of spring rains, withered
and died under oppressive heat and no life-giving moisture.
This piece expresses the emotional “dryness” of missing spring.
And yet hope still lives because God is good.

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A Thirst for Inspiration  (2021)  18:27

Dedicated to all the composers that have inspired me.

I. Grave

II. Vivace

III. Allegro

for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, Bb bass clarinet, bassoon, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, xylophone, glockenspiel, strings.

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On Being Deadwood  (2020)  10:10

for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tubular bells, strings

This piece was written for my former colleagues and myself. The work is dedicated to those of us who taught in the arts in the academy, especially in music, and were labelled “deadwood,” cut from the academic tree, and discarded.

Essays for Orchestra  (2018)  13:21

2222,4331, timp., cym., sd, bd, tam-tam, strings

I. Formal

II. Informal

This work is based on a single theme, but approached from two different perspectives.

This Is My Father’s World  (2015)  3:05

2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 F Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Cymbals, SATB Chorus, and Strings.

This piece was commissioned by Trina Fink in honor of her father, T.W. Dean, whose choral arrangement I preserved and expanded in this orchestration.  The instrumentation is that of FBC Abilene, Texas.

Immortal Love, Forever Full  (2015)  2:34

2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 F Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Cymbals, SATB Chorus, and Strings.

This piece was commissioned by Trina Fink in honor of her father, T.W. Dean, whose choral arrangement I preserved and expanded in this orchestration.  The instrumentation is that of FBC Abilene, Texas.

How Firm a Foundation  (2014)  3:25

2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 F Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Cymbals, SATB Chorus, and Strings.

This piece was commissioned by Trina Fink in honor of her father, T.W. Dean, whose choral arrangement I preserved and expanded in this orchestration.  The instrumentation is that of FBC Abilene, Texas.

My Lord, What a Mornin’  (2014)  3'00''

2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 F Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Cymbals, SATB Chorus, and Strings.

This piece was commissioned by Trina Fink in honor of her father, T.W. Dean, whose choral arrangement I preserved and expanded in this orchestration.  The instrumentation is that of FBC Abilene, Texas.

Trumpet Rhapsody  (2013)  @13'05"

3 flutes (3. piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, tom-toms, tam-tam, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, xylophone, solo trumpet, and strings

Prelude to a Fair  (2009)  @10'15"

for orchestra (2 flutes-2nd piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 A clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 C trumpets, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion, glockenspiel, strings)

This piece was begun in 1986 but not completed until 2009. It reflects my early compositional style which was quite tonal. The piece is a tone poem about my childhood experiences of going to the county fair. Its themes evoke images of my favorite animals, rides, games, and foods. It is dedicated to the Tulare County Fair (California). The piece was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra under the direction of Bernie Scherr.

Psalm 139  (2009)  @6'30"

for orchestra and chorus (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 Bb clarinets, Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, [2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone], 3 Bb trumpets, 4 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, [euphonium], tuba, timpani, cymbals, SATB chorus, strings)

This work was commissioned by Hardin-Simmons University for the inauguration of its president, Dr. Lanny Hall. It is tonally accessible and engagingly rhythmic with mixed-meter passages. It is a refrain-verse design and would work well in a liturgical setting. The saxophone parts are optional and were included in the original score because members of both the concert band and orchestra were part of the premiere performance. It was recently recorded by the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra and combined University Chorale and Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Clell Wright at FBC Abilene, with Bernie Scherr as sound engineer.

Scenes from the Nativity  (2008)  @23':25"

for orchestra and chorus in 6 movements (2 flutes-2nd piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 C trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, SATB chorus, glockenspiel, strings)

I. The Annunciation

II. The Visitation

III. The Magnificat

IV. The Canticle of Zechariah

V. The Gloria

VI. The Canticle of Simeon

This set began as a single-movement commission from Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, former director of the Hardin-Simmons University Concert Choir. A few years after The Gloria was premiered (the original title was “Today a Savior is Born”), Dr. Clell Wright, the new director of the same group commissioned a second, single-movement piece, The Annunciation. Following its premiere, I decided to complete the set on the biblical infancy narratives of Jesus. These pieces vividly evoke the Gospel scenes. There is a piano reduction of the orchestra part for conventional choral performances.

Organ Symphony  (2005)  @22'00"

for organ and orchestra in four movements (2 flutes-2nd piccolo, 2 oboes-2nd English horn, 2 Bb clarinets-2nd Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, cymbals, mallets, harp, organ, strings)

I. Chaconne

II. Chorale prelude

III. Air

IV. Fugue

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Andre, former conductor of the Tulare County Symphony. It was premiered in 2006. It is a homage to the great organ literature of the 18th century. The titles indicate the contrapuntal nature of the work and also suggest its tonal harmony.

Piano Concerto  (2004)

in three movements

I. Energetically

II. Grave

III. Molto Allegro

This piece is dedicated to João Bettencourt da Câmara, a young Portuguese pianist of rising international fame. The piece is highly rhythmic and contrapuntal. The outer, fast movements are energetic and lyrical; but, the slow, second movement is somewhat dark and foreboding because it was inspired by the anguish I saw in the lives of our dear friends as they suffered a terrible and tragic loss.

Three Songs on texts by Walt McDonald  (2003)

for baritone and orchestra

I. Where the Trees Go

II. Where Heaven Starts

III. Settling the Plains

Fall Dances  (2003)  9:30

for string orchestra

This piece was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra under the direction of Bernie Scherr. It is dedicated to Peter Isaacson, former director of the HSU Orchestra.

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Beach Spring Variations  (2002)  7:47

Based on the hymn tune of the same name from the Sacred Harp. This piece was premiered by the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Peter Isaacson.

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Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra  (2002)

Though completely based on octatonic scales, the listener will readily detect a number of jazz influences. I wrote this piece for “fun” and it awaits its premiere.

Psalm Symphony  (1998)

for orchestra and SATB chorus with soloists in five movements

I. Out of the Deep

II. Rescue Me

III. Yahweh Hears the Desire of the Poor

IV. I Love You, Yahweh

V. Bless Yahweh

The text is based on a compilation of psalm verses that are organized into a single, new psalm. This piece was read by the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bernie Scherr.

The Dread of Falling into Naught  (1996)

for orchestra and baritone

The text adapted from the poem of the same name by Wilfred Owen.

Four Orchestral Chants  (1995-2000)

I. Victimae Paschali Laudes (1995) – based on an Easter sequence

II. Crux Fidelis (1999) – based on a Good Friday plainsong and the Stabat Mater (6:30)

III. Ubi Caritas (1999) – based on a Holy Thursday plainsong  (6:05)

IV. Veni Creator Spiritus (2000) – based on a Pentecost plainsong (6:51)

The ideal setting for the set is to be performed in a large church. The orchestra would be at the altar area and a choir would be at a distance, perhaps in the choir loft or in the transepts. The choir would sing the chant first and the orchestra would respond. Victimae Paschali Laudes, Ubi Caritas, and Veni Creator Spiritus have been performed, but the set as a whole awaits its premiere.

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Death or Arms  (1995)

for orchestra and soprano

The text is by Lizet Diaz Perez. This piece was read by the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Wayne Bennett.

Serenade for Orchestra  (1988, rev. 1998)  11:00

in three movements

I. Andante, piu mosso

II. Allegro

III. Allegro moderato

This piece is dedicated to my wife, Donna. The origional version was premiered by the UCLA Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bernie Scherr. The revised version was premiered by the Abilene Collegiate Orchestra under the direction of Bernie Scherr.

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Immigrant’s Vision  (1987-88, rev. 1998)  13:34

This piece is one of my earliest that I include in my oeuvre. It is a tone poem that chronicles my grandfather’s journey from the Azores to America. The original version was premiered by the UCLA Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bernie Scherr and was later performed by the Tulare County Symphony under the direction of Dr. David Andre. The revised version awaits its premiere.

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Death or Arms  (1995)

for orchestra and soprano

The text is by Lizet Diaz Perez. This piece was read by the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Wayne Bennett.

The Dread of Falling into Naught  (1996)

for orchestra and baritone

The text adapted from the poem of the same name by Wilfred Owen.

Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra  (2002)

Though completely based on octatonic scales, the listener will readily detect a number of jazz influences. I wrote this piece for “fun” and it awaits its premiere.

Organ Symphony  (2005)  @22'00"

for organ and orchestra in four movements (2 flutes-2nd piccolo, 2 oboes-2nd English horn, 2 Bb clarinets-2nd Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, cymbals, mallets, harp, organ, strings)

I. Chaconne

II. Chorale prelude

III. Air

IV. Fugue

This piece was commissioned by Dr. David Andre, former conductor of the Tulare County Symphony. It was premiered in 2006. It is a homage to the great organ literature of the 18th century. The titles indicate the contrapuntal nature of the work and also suggest its tonal harmony.

Trumpet Rhapsody  (2013)  @13'05"

3 flutes (3. piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, Bb bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, tom-toms, tam-tam, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, xylophone, solo trumpet, and strings

String

Music in Colors for string quartet  (2009)  20:30

  1. Trees
  2. Hills and Mountains
  3. The Vineyard
  4. Water Colors

Selections of Music in Colors for piano arranged for string quartet.

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Four “Chants” of Francisco de Lacerda  (2018)  5:27

I. Chant du feu

II. Chanson triste

III. Chant de la montagne

IV. Chanson de la route (Nord)

Arranged for string quartet, originally for piano.

Please contact Bernard Scherr for score use for performance.

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Canção do berço of Francisco de Lacerda  (2018)  3:09

Arranged for string quartet, originally for piano.

Please contact Bernard Scherr for score use for performance.

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Two‑Part Invention for violin and cello  (1992)  2:56

The opening of this piece was written during a faculty meeting in which my mind was starting to drift. It is energetic, tonal, and, perhaps, a bit too Bach-like; but, I keep it in my oeuvre because it is so much fun. It awaits its premiere.

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String Quartet No. 1  (1992-93)

in three movements

I. Moderato

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon. It is tonal, lyrical, and quite expressive.

Miniature Dance Suite for flute, viola, and harp  (1994-95)

in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Sarabande

III. Estampie

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in January of 1996.

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Waltzophone  (1995)  2:15

for solo instrument and piano

This piece is a tribute to Gustav Mahler, one of my compositional heroes.

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Fugue  (1995)  2:20

This piece cleverly combines quartal and quintal elements in a serial manner. It is arranged for the following groups:

Oboe, clarinet, bassoon

Oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet

Soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax

2 violins and cello

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Compline for violin and piano  (1996)

Piano Quintet for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano  (2002)

in three movements

I. With intensity

II. Adagio

III. Chaconne

This piece was commissioned and premiered by the Abilene Chamber Players.

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Organ Trio for violin, cello, and organ  (2005)  17:15

in three movements

I. Expectation

II. Waiting

III. Arrival

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Tido Janssen, former Associate Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Morning Whispers for flute, viola, and harp  (2006)  8:50

Morning Whispers was inspired by the Debussy Trio and their readings of student compositions many years ago at the University of Oregon.

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Portuguese Folksongs, Book II for string quartet  (2006)

arranged for string quartet and string orchestra

I. O “melitar, melitar”!

II. Namorei a Felismina

III. Eu esta “manhé áchei”

IV. Brincas tu

V. Cravos em teu peito

VI. Esta Noite Rodou um Carro

VII. Donde vens, ó Agostinho?

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Portuguese Folksongs, Book I for string quartet  (2006)  15:48

arranged for string quartet and string orchestra

I. A “Fecha” da Mijarela

II. A Senhora da Saúde

III. Dai voltas, Senhor!

IV. Á Sombra do arvoredo

V. Os Reis

VI. Aldeia não vale nada

VII. O menina “Delaidinha”!

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I Need A Nap for viola and piano  (2008)  7:08

This piece was commissioned by and is dedicated to Dr. Peter Neubert, former Visiting Instructor of Music, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Black Coffee for cello and piano  (2009)  9:30

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Kristin Isaacson, Assistant Professor of Cello and String Bass, Hardin-Simmons University.

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Openings for viola (or cello) quartet  (2010)  6:36

for viola quartet

This piece was a commission by Dr. Peter Neubert, Visiting Assistant Professor of Viola at Hardin-Simmons University.

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Woodwind

Variations on a New Folksong for woodwind quintet  (2022)  4:10

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Variations on a “Folksong” for wind quartet  (2022)  4:41

For flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. Based on a newly composed folksong that shares many traits with traditional European folksongs. This piece is also arranged for string quartet.

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Liberty’s Dream, Freedom’s Journey  (2020)  8:05

for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon

This piece is commissioned by and dedicated to the Key City Winds. This piece was inspired by the words and sentiments of the “I Have a Dream” speech given by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  May the issue of racial differences never be used to divide America. May the peace of Christ unite us all.

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Parable for Oboe and Piano  (2019)  7:50

Dedicated to Susie Rockett.

For Susie Rockett.

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A Single Candle for bassoon and piano  (2018)  5:35

bassoon and piano

Commissioned by Dr. Janelle Ott, Instructor of Bassoon, HSU.

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Just Below the Eaves for woodwind quintet  (2017)  5:47

Commissioned by the Key City Winds.

For the Key City Winds.

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Miniature Dance Suite for flute, viola, and harp  (1994-95)

in three movements

I. Prelude

II. Sarabande

III. Estampie

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in January of 1996.

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Waltzophone  (1995)  2:15

for solo instrument and piano

This piece is a tribute to Gustav Mahler, one of my compositional heroes.

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Fugue  (1995)  2:20

This piece cleverly combines quartal and quintal elements in a serial manner. It is arranged for the following groups:

Oboe, clarinet, bassoon

Oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet

Soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax

2 violins and cello

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Woodwind Quartet  (1996)  17:00

for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon (or B-flat Bass clarinet with low C extension); in four movements.

I. March

II. Lament

III. Chorale

IV. Rondo

This piece was premiered in Eugene, Oregon, in 1997. It had its Texas premiere Abilene in 2012.

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Scherzando on Man Mei Longe for 2 clarinets and 2 marimbas  (1997)  2:04

This piece was an assignment for my doctorate exams in composition. I enjoyed the result so much that I have added it to my oeuvre. It is a fun setting of an old English folksong.

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Piano Quintet for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano  (2002)

in three movements

I. With intensity

II. Adagio

III. Chaconne

This piece was commissioned and premiered by the Abilene Chamber Players.

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Clarinet Sonata  (2004)

for clarinet and piano.

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Coltman, Professor of Woodwinds, Hardin-Simmons University. This work has also been performed on numerous occasions by Dr. Thomas Josenhans.

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Morning Whispers for flute, viola, and harp  (2006)  8:50

Morning Whispers was inspired by the Debussy Trio and their readings of student compositions many years ago at the University of Oregon.

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Night and Day for clarinet  (2010)  7:21

in two movements

I. Night

II. Day

This piece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Coltman, Professor of Woodwinds, Hardin-Simmons University.

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The Setting Sun for flute and piano  (2011)  5:53

This piece was a commission by Dr. Lisa McArthur, Professor of Music at Campbellsville University.

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What’s for Lunch? for flute, oboe, and clarinet  (2011)

in three movements

I. Noodles

II. Ice Tea

III. Soup

This piece was written at the request of my “lunch buddies” for the woodwind faculty at Hardin-Simmons University. 

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On Memories Not Forgotten: Echoes of Regret and Whispers of Solitude  (2014)  8:51

for flute and piano

Commissioned by and dedicated to Dr. Karla Ordoñez. This piece was inspired by the tragic memories of the remnant of the Noldor still living in Middle-earth in the Third Age who remember the kin-strife caused by the Oath of Fëanor.

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