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10/6/08: The performance of Scintillation yesterday went very well and I have posted the recording in the solo/chamber composition page.
8/26/08: More good news - I was one of seven composers selected by the Dallas Wind Symphony in their 2008-2009 Brass Fanfare Competition, with my "Divertimento-Fanfare," a reworking of my Divertimento for five violins for brass choir. They will perform it in the lobby of the Meyerson Concert Hall on February 10, fifteen minutes before their 8 PM concert.
7/13/08: There's a very nice feature about me in the local newspaper today.
7/4/08: Today marks the launch of my new redesigned website! I've streamlined the pages and added more media. Expect more smaller updates to come in the next few days. I'm making use of embedded flash objects and javascript, so if you have any problems viewing anything, please drop me a line.
6/22/08: I just had another world premiere - this time of a four year old piece. During the last three weeks, I have been working at the Sarasota Music Festival. I was able to put together a student group to play a trio for flute and two violins. In 6 days, they went from not knowing any of my music to performing four of the six movements of the trio. I'm extremely pleased with how it went, and you can see a youtube video of the premiere as well as listen to all six movements, recorded in rehearsals.

6/7/08: A pair of good news items came to me on the same day last week...

1. I received the 2008 Underwood Commission from the American Composers Orchestra! The reading of Green Flash went extremely well last month. The ACO is an amazing ensemble, facing the unusual and extraordinary challenges of brand new music every day, and I am very fortunate to be able to write them a 15-minute piece for the 2009-2010 season. They'll premiere it in Carnegie Hall, and I will definitely put more information up about that as I compose the piece this coming year.

2. I also received an invitation to become the first composer in residence with the student-run Peabody new music ensemble, SONAR, for the 2008-2009 school year. I will be writing a chamber opera among other new pieces for them. They have a number of performances during the year in the Baltimore area, and I will be featured on quite a few of them.

5/4/08: My newest composition, Disintegration (flute, clarinet, acoustic and electric guitars, violin, cello), was just premiered on Saturday the 3rd. It's an extremely difficult piece and the performers did a great job. I have a video of the performance up on youtube.

4/24/08: The premiere of my recent Wind Trio went extremely well on the 17th. Fourth Corner did a remarkable job learning and rehearsing the piece, really making it their own. I've uploaded some videos of the premiere on their own page.

3/28/08: I received some very exciting news recently. I was chosen, along with 5 other composers, to participate in the American Composers Orchestra Underwood Readings, taking place on May 6-7 in New York, in the Skirball center at NYU. They will rehearse and have a run-through of Green Flash. Along with receiving a great recording of the piece, I will take part in some workshops related to music business and the orchestra world. A press release came out about a week ago.

Also, in more local news, I won the Sarasota Music Archive Donald N. Morrison Composition Competition with my recently completed work, "Sonata in One Movement" for violin and piano. It will be performed at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, FL on May 11 (Mothers' Day) at 2:30 by Paul Wolfe, violin, and Dwight Oarr, piano.

2/29/08: My first semester and a half at Peabody have been very eventful and productive. I've finished four new compositions - a Wind Trio for flute, clarinet, and bassoon; a Nocturne for solo piano; a single-movement sonata for violin and piano; and a movement for piano trio that I had been working on since last April. I have info for each of those compositions up on my composition pages.

The performance of Lift-Off by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble with H Robert Reynolds conducting last October went extremely well. I have created a page dedicated to promoting Lift-Off here, and you can listen to both the orchestral and wind ensemble recordings that I have. I also have purchase information and an instrumentation list for Lift-Off on that page.

The premiere of the string work commissioned by Jeffrey Bishop last summer was successful as well. I decided to name the piece "Mare Tranquillitatis" (Sea of Tranquility) and I will have a recording posted as soon as I receive one.

Also, I have a couple upcoming performances of my works in Baltimore later this Spring. Fourth Corner will be premiering the Wind Trio I wrote on April 17. I am also currently working on an as-of-yet unnamed piece for a chamber music seminar for flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, and cello that will be performed May 3rd.

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