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12/8/06: As my penultimate undergraduate semester winds down, I have some good news in the form of big performances coming up. First, on February 8 at 7:30 PM, my brand new orchestral work, Green Flash, is going to close the annual new music for orchestra concert by the USC Thornton Symphony, Donald Crockett guest conducting. Also on Saturday, February 24, at 4 PM, I have my senior composition recital scheduled in Newman Hall on the USC campus. I'm still formulating the program for that event and will have more information about it in January.

11/15/06: On Monday, my latest commission, Lift-Off received its premiere with the Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Philharmonic under the baton of Andrew Lane. It was a great performance and a fantastic evening. The orchestra consisted of the kids sitting side by side with the professional musicians, and the group totalled 100 musicians. I want to thank Andrew Lane and Jim Cliff for commissioning me.

10/7/06: Midterm update - A couple of my compositions are going to be performed soon at USC. On October 22, my duet for horn and cello, now named Spectra will have its world premiere at 4 PM in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall as part of the semesterly Composition Department Showcase. Also Liz King has programmed my three pieces for solo oboe on her senior recital, to be held on November 12 at 4 PM in Jeannette MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS 106).

8/6/06: For the fourth year in a row, I've been awarded a generous scholarship from the Artist Series of Sarasota. I would like to express my thanks to Jerry and Lee Dougherty Ross, Virginia Toulmin, and the Artist Series for continuing to support my musical education.

8/5/06: As the summer winds down, I am happy to report that I have finished the commission for the Youth Philharmonic's upcoming November concert. Entitled "Lift-Off," it should be a rousing and fun way to begin the program. And there is a chance that it may be performed again elsewhere in Florida in the winter; I'll post more on that as soon as I know more about that.

6/11/06: I was privileged enough to have another premiere of one of my works at the Sarasota Music Festival. Students performed the Double Fugue from my wind quartet at the Selby Library auditorium to a full house. They did a magnificent job putting together my challenging movement in just three days. You can listen to it here: Wind Quartet - II. Double Fugue.

5/10/06: I just talked to Andy Lane, the director of the Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra program, and he's commissioning me to write a short concert opener for the Youth Philharmonic, to be performed on their first concert this fall, on November 13. That concert will combine the Florida West Coast Symphony with the Youth Philharmonic, so a mix of students and professionals will play whatever I decide to write them. I'm very excited!

4/23/06: Recordings from my orchestration readings are up now. I must say the Thornton Symphony is quite a first-class orchestra and they did a fantastic job for under 15 minutes for each reading.

4/12/06: The USC Undergraduate Symposium was today. Creative and scholarly work is displayed and judged and cash prizes are awarded to two people in each of five categories, including the arts. The music school does quite well in this each year, and it did again. I won second prize in arts with The Other Rainbow and one of my colleagues, Paul Dooley, won first prize, also for an orchestral piece.

4/7/06: Official opening of this webpage.

3/30/06: The Academic Honors Convocation was this evening. I received one of four Phi Kappa Phi student recognition awards for Fog and had a great prime rib dinner and a mountain of chocolate for dessert.

3/26/06: The premiere of my new wind ensemble piece, “Perchance to Dream…” went really well. I put up an excerpt from the recording and a sample from the score on my composition page. I’m looking forward to writing more new music for wind ensemble in the future.

3/17/06: I just heard that I won the Sarasota Music Archive Morrison Young Composers Award with my recent movement for piano trio entitled “Northern Lights.” There will be a performance at 2:30 on May 14 in Sarasota, in the Selby Library auditorium.

2/26/06: My composition, “The Other Rainbow,” had its premiere by the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall. I was chosen as a First Music recipient and was one of three to receive commissions for a new orchestral work during the 2005-2006 season. The premiere was a great success. I’ve got pictures from the event in the Photos page and a recording of the performance and more details on the Composition page.

2/23/06: A foggy night for Fog: the Florida West Coast Symphony performed my first serious orchestral composition, Fog, in an abridged and reduced form on one of their “Enchanted Evenings” series concerts. The concert was actually delayed because of incredibly thick foggy conditions leading to some musicians being delayed in traffic. The performance went exceptionally well and was repeated on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. Read the review from the Herald Tribune.

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