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  and the   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!

February 2016 News

In November, I traveled to Tahlequah, OK where the Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble , 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 Association '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 time.

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
Chorosynthesis as part of their "Empowering Silenced Voices" 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
Ekerö Kulturskola  will be performing my Do You Hear How Many You Are? for Concert Band in  Ekerö!

On March 13th here at Bennington College, the
 Sage City Symphony  will 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
Listening Shires   with 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!

Thanks for reading and visiting my website!


<May 2016>


Southard: Piano Sonata no 2
Southard: Homage to L. M. Gottschalk
Southard: Fantasy in B flat minor
Southard: Prelude No. 1 (Jazz) for Piano Solo
Southard: Prelude No. 2 (Drops) for Piano Solo
Southard: Prelude No. 3 (Homage to Nancarrow) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 4 (O Woozy Suzy!) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 5 (Precision) for Piano solo
Southard: Tidal Wave Rag for Piano solo
Southard: No-Name Rag for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 9 (Guante-ango) for Piano solo
Rzewski: Down By the Riverside
Finzi: Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10
Ives: Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840–60"
Gottschalk: Union, RO 269/Op. 48
Guarnieri: Valsa no 5
Guarnieri: Valsa no 9
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 4 for Piano, A 264
Guarnieri: Dansa negra
Nazareth: Odeon
Nazareth: Xangô
Villa-Lobos: A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 4 for Piano, A 264
Guarnieri: Improviso II
Guarnieri: Maria Lucia
Guarnieri: Dansa negra
Santoro: 7 Paulistanas
Gnattali: Negaceando
Warlock: Folksong Preludes
Foulds: English Tune with Burden
Foulds: April – England, Op. 48 no 1
Southard: Concerto for Solo Piano and Solo Organ
Southard: Blazonry for 8 Percussionists
Southard: And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Southard: Chorale for Brass Quintet
Southard: Variations on a Hymn (Beecher) for Organ
Southard: Duo for Clarinet and Cello
Southard: Duo for Violin and Piano
Southard: String Quartet no 1
Southard: In My Craft or Sullen Art
Southard: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Southard: Music for the Film "Glava" (excerpt)
Southard: Piano Quintet 'New England'
Southard: Sonata no 1 for Violin and Piano
Southard: Quintette de Cuivres
Southard: Variazioni Semplici for Violin and Harp
Southard: Swansong for Cello and Piano
Southard: The Dove in the Ash Grove for Cello and Piano
Southard: Two Minutes for Saxophone Quartet
Southard: Seven Short Studies for String Orchestra
Southard: Mini-Symphony for Chamber Orchestra
Southard: A Day of Sunshine for Chorus and Orchestra
Southard: Waltzing Dervish for Wind (powered) Ensemble
Southard: Do You Hear How Many You Are?
Southard: "Classical" Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Southard: Do You Hear How Many You Are? for Concert Band
Southard: Carousel for Concert Band
Southard: Showers over Peaks and Vales for Orchestra
Southard: No Interior do Rio de Janeiro for Orchestra
Southard: Uma Passacalha Brasileira for Wind Ensemble
Gottschalk: Union, RO 269/Op. 48
Southard: Piano Sonata no 2
Finzi: Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10
Ives: Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840–60"
Southard: Improvisation 1/31/10

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