After a couple years of planning, I'm so excited to announce my biggest composition project yet which will realize two long-time dreams of mine: hiking the Appalachian Trail and writing a symphony! This summer I'll hike the New England portion of the trail (over 700 miles!) and then spend the next year writing a symphony based on the experience, commissioned by a consortium of orchestras throughout New England! The
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
is also planning to have the work performed at their 2017 Biennial Conference at Colby College in Maine, co-sponsored by the
Appalachian Mountain Club
MATC | Maine Appalachian Trail Club
But we have funds still to raise, so we are launching a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo where you can donate in exchange for unique perks from the project! I invite you all to consider supporting the project! Click below to learn more!
In November, I traveled to Tahlequah, OK where the
Northeastern State University Wind
, conducted by Dr. Norman Wika, performed an entire concert
of my works and arrangements for wind band. 6 of the works were world
premieres, including two works the ensemble commissioned, and I was the piano
soloist for my own Concertino
for Piano and Wind Ensemble. Then in early January I headed back to the
campus to rehearse and record the same works for a new CD. It was such a blast performing and
recording with them! Now I have to spend some time listening back to all
the takes and finding out what was best, and the album is slated to be
released in the Fall. I'm excited to share it with all of you and
I'll keep you posted on the progress!
I'm honored to have been chosen as the
Colorado State Music Teachers
's Commissioned Composer for 2016! I am writing a
new work for clarinet and piano that will be performed by Kellan Toohey, a DMA
student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, that will be premiered at the
association's state conference
in early June at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
I also recently finished another commission, this one a choral work for my old
high school. A
Blessing of Discomfort for women's choir, based on a Franciscan
benediction, will be premiered by the Algonquin Regional High School Camerata
Singers, led by Kathrine Waters, on April 12th. Their other choirs will
also be performing my works I
Wandered Lonely As a Cloud (poem by William Wordsworth) and In the Spaces of Thought
(text by Henry David Thoreau) at the same concert.
On April 20th at Bennington College, I will be performing alongside
students and other members of the Bennington College community in a
concert of my own compositions. The program is not finalized at the
moment, but I'm excited to have my works performed at the college for the first
My Do You Hear How Many
You Are? for choir has been selected as one of 10 pieces out of
over 250 submissions to be performed by professional ensemble
part of their
project of choral works addressing social issues.
I'm very proud to collaborate with musicians who also believe in the
importance of art and music in social change. They will perform the work
on March 19th at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Seattle, WA.
The first performance of a work of mine in Sweden is happening on March 9th
when the band of the
performing my Do You Hear
How Many You Are? for Concert Band in
On March 13th here at Bennington College, the
Sage City Symphony
be premiering my new work The
Glastonbury Wilderness. The piece is inspired by my
experiences in Glastonbury, UK and hiking in Glastenbury, Vermont (a town with
a population of 8!) It will be the first performance of any orchestral
work of mine, so I'm very excited!
In November, my wife Diane and I had a great time as guests on the
Thomas Lawrence Toscano, a local arts radio show. You can listen to our
interview by going to
and then go
to "The Listening Shires" on the drop-down box, then click Nov. 1 on
the calendar, and our interview was during the 9am hour.
I have two huge projects I'll be announcing within the next few months
that I can't wait to share, so be sure to look out for those soon!
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