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9/9/07:I'm getting ready to start classes at Peabody tomorrow and have some good news. Over the summer, I was informed that H Robert Reynolds of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble decided to program my wind ensemble version of Lift-Off on Sunday, October 21 at 4 PM in Bovard Auditorium on USC campus!

Also for anyone who will be in LA later this month, the wonderful pianist Grace Zhao is going to be performing Dark and Stormy Night for piano and ping pong balls with Geoffrey Pope as the obligato page turner on September 23rd at 3 PM on the USC campus.

Also, "Etude," one of the student films that I scored, is going to be screened at the Cinema City International Film Festival in Hollywood at the Universal City Walk AMC theatres on Thursday, September 27 at 4:30 PM.

6/15/07:I've been on the radio and the news recently. I was interviewed by Susan Giles Wantuck at WUSF 89.7 a few weeks ago. I believe you can still listen to this interview on the WUSF website, but if you have any problems, email me and I can send it to you in a different form. I also was featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune in a write-up that focuses on Dark and Stormy Night and my future at Peabody.

5/24/07: The press release about the BMI student composer award is online now, and my trip to New York for the awards banquet was extremely enjoyable. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the video and the mp3 of Green Flash, the orchestral piece that got me the BMI award.

I also just received a commission to write a piece for a very talented high school string orchestra near Kansas City. I'm really happy to be working on a piece like this, as I started my career in composition writing for my own high school orchestra. I'll post more info about this later in the summer.

5/1/07: Today is May 1, the decision day for college acceptance. The big news is that I will be heading to the Peabody Conservatory of Music in the fall to begin studies in the Master of Music program there. I will miss USC, but it was a fabulous four years, full of opportunities. I am very excited to be heading back east where I will study with Chris Theofanidis.

In other news, I was informed recently that I am one of ten winners of the 2007 BMI Student Composer Awards for my work, Green Flash! After the awards ceremony in a few weeks, I will post more about it.

3/17/07: I want to thank everyone who took part in my senior recital last month, performers and audience, for making it a success! For those of you who missed it, I have just put up a new page where you can play recordings of the whole thing and videos of a couple of the pieces. Check it out here and enjoy. If you have any problems with that page, contact me and I will do my best to resolve your issues. I also put up a video of the Green Flash premiere.

2/14/07: Green Flash was a great success! I'm extremely happy with its premiere and have a recording of the whole piece available here. I knew I wrote an extremely challenging work, but the USC symphony pulled it off quite spectacularly. My senior recital is right around the corner, coming up on Saturday, February 24 at 4 PM in Newman Hall on USC campus. It will feature a wide variety of works, including two wind ensemble selections (Perchance to Dream and Lift-Off) and a piece for piano with ping pong balls and obligato page turner. It should be fun.

In addition to that, I'm happy to announce that Lift-Off will receive two more performances in its original orchestral form after my recital - one at USC by the concert orchestra on April 17, and another in Kansas City sometime in April.

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