Education:

2012       Ph.D. Music Composition, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. 
               Dissertation: Apricots of Andujar- song cycle for tenor, Marimba Lumina, and pierrot sextet
               commissioned by the Jerome Fund for New Music
               Premiered by Birds on a Wire at Western Michigan University in March 2012
               Adviser: Sheila Silver

2006      M.A. Music Composition, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

1994       B.M. Music Composition, Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin Ohio
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Primary Teachers:

  •     Sheila Silver (Stony Brook University, 2006-2012)
  •     Perry Goldstein (Stony Brook University, 2004-2006)
  •     Dan Weymouth (Stony Brook University, 2008)
  •     Randy Coleman (Oberlin Conservatory (19901-1994)

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Master Class/Private Lesson Participation:

John Adams, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Eighth Blackbird, Paul Dresher, and Michael Quell.
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Teaching Experience:

2005-2009    Teaching Assistant at Stony Brook University.  Courses Taught:

  •     Private Composition (MUS450).  Private composition lessons with undergraduate music majors. Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007,
        Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Fall 2005.
  •     Music Appreciation (MUS101). A music appreciation class for undergraduate students, stressing focused listening, phenomenological
        discussion and analysis of music, and elements of music theory.  Manhattan Campus.  Summer 2009.
  •     Tonal Theory I (MUS-321).  An intensive course for undergraduate music majors focusing on 16th-18th century harmony, counterpoint and
        species counterpoint, and chorale harmonization.  Fall 2008.
  •     Musicianship IV (MUS331) Music 331 focuses on the development of solid skills in the areas of tonal and atonal melody, harmony, intervals, and
        rhythm through sight singing, dictation and aural recognition. Spring 2008
  •     Musicianship III (MUS221) Music 221 focuses on the development of skills in the areas of tonal melody, harmony, intervals, and rhythm through
        sight singing, dictation and aural recognition. Fall 2007
  •     Elements of Music (MUS119).  A rigorous introduction to the basics of music theory, with an emphasis on reading, writing, and practical
        musicianship. Includes composition of original pieces.  Fall 2007, Spring 2006, Fall 2005

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List of Works with Performance History:

Chamber:

  Scatterloop (2016) for violin and piano.  Commissioned by Antisocial Music, composed for violinist Esther Noh.
   •    World Premiere at Greenwich House Music School, May 28th, 2016.
   •     Preview performance at house concert, Brooklyn, February 15th 2016.
  Near and Hollow (2015) for violin and two MIDI foot controllers.  Commissioned by Antisocial Music, composed for Curtis Stewart.
   •     Performed at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, July 12th, 2016.
   •     Performed at Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, New School through the Imani Winds Festival, June 25th, 2016.
   •     Performed at Beethoven Pianos in NYC on August 13th, 2015.
   •     Performed at the Spring Street Loft in NYC on June 18, 2015.
   •     World Premiere at IBeam, Brooklyn, on May 5th, 2015.
  Cut and Fold (2014) for viola, cello, and prepared piano.  Commissioned by the Glass Farm Ensemble.
   •    Performed through New York Composers Circle at Symphony Space Thalia, June 4th, 2016.
   •    World Premiere at Symphony Space Thalia, NYC on October 18th, 2014.
  Theia (2014) for bass clarinet, two MIDI foot controllers, and bar chimes.  Composed for Christa Van Alstine.
   •    World premiere by Antisocial Music in NYC in June, 2014. 
   •    Performed at the Verspiel New Music festival in New Orleans, LA on October 9th, 2014. 
   •    Performed at the DiMenna Center, NYC on October 24th, 2014.
  A Breath of Arches (2014) for string quartet and four foot-controlled MIDI sample players.  Commissioned by Third Angle New Music Ensemble
       as part of their 2014 Third Angle/Russell New Ideas In Music Competition.  Grand prize selection.  
  •    World premiere at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, OR on May 23rd, 2014.
  Dark Body (2013) for flute, violin, cello, and piano.  
  •     Performed by Ensemble Ipse at Tenri Cultural Institute, September 23rd, 2016.
  •     Premiered by members of Ensemble Ipse by the New York Composers Circle in NYC on April 21st, 2015.
  After Lightness (2013) for violin.  Commissioned by Anti-Social Music, composed for Curtis Stewart.  
  •    World premiere at the Douglass Street Music Collective, Brooklyn, NY, May 2013.  
  •    Performed at Queens College, Nov 10th, 2013.  
  •    Performed at Cornelia St. Café, NYC on August 12th, 2014.
  Deep Lines (2012) for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, composed for the Glass Farm Ensemble.  
  •    World premiere by the Glass Farm Ensemble at Saint Peter’s Church, NYC, on February 18, 2014.
  Arborescence (2011) for accordion and pierrot sextet.  Commissioned by Avian Orchestra.  
  •    World premiere at the Barn at Flint Woods, DE in September, 2011.  
  •    Performed at The Cell, NYC, in September, 2011.  
  The Left Eye Ephemerides (2010) for pierrot sextet.  
  •    University premiere by the Stony Brook Contemporary Players at Stony Brook University, NY in October, 2010.
  Sette Momenti (2010) for flute, violin, cello and piano. Commissioned by Le Ville Matte Music Residency.  
  •    World premiere in Teulada, Italy in July, 2010.  
  •    U.S. premiere by the Tuscaloosa New Music Collective, Tuscaloosa, AL in August 2012.
  Little Bird (2009) for flute, bassoon, vibraphone and piano.  Commissioned by flutist Rachel Beetz and percussionist Dustin Donohue.  
  •    University premiere at the University of Madison-Wisconsin in August, 2009.
  Glances (2008-2009) for bass clarinet, vibraphone, and piano.  Commissioned by clarinetist Philip Everall.
  •    Australian premiere at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, Australia in August 2013.
  •    World premiere at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC in February, 2009.
  The Clemency of Milk (2007-2008) for flute, violin and piano.  Arrangement commissioned by the soundSCAPE new music festival, Pavia, Italy.
  •    World premiere in Pavia, Italy in June, 2008.
  The Clemency of Milk (2007-2008) for viola, bass clarinet and piano.  
  •    World premiere by Trio Tara at Triple Door, Seattle, WA in March, 2008.
  Glass Blue Cleft (2006-2008) for string quartet.
  •    Recorded by the Escher String Quartet in Fall 2008; released on Bridge Records in April 2010.  
  •    Performed at Florida State University’s Festival of New Music, Tallahassee in January 2013.
  •    Performed at Indiana State University’s 46th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music, Terre Haute in October 2012.
  •    Performed by PUBLIQuartet at Bargemusic, NYC in September, 2012.
  •    World premiere by the New York Composers Circle at Symphony Space Thalia, NYC in June, 2012.
  •    University premiere by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University, NY in December, 2007.
  •    Preview performance by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University, NY in December, 2006.
  Twilight for Adored and Breathless Moments (2004-2005 rev. 2007) for pierrot sextet.
  •    Performed at the Music08 Festival at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June 2008.
  •    World premiere by the Seattle Chamber Players at Icebreaker IV music festival, Seattle, WA in January, 2008.
  •    University premiere by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University, NY in April 2005.
  I'd Want Her Eyes To Fill With Wonder (2003) for pierrot sextet.
  •    World premiere by Anti-Social Music at Cami Hall, NYC in October, 2003.


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Vocal

  The Way In (2015) for soprano, cello, and piano.  Commissioned by Antisocial Music.
   •    World Premiere at Opera America’s The National Opera Center in NYC on June 18th, 2015.
   •    Studio recording done in July, 2015.
 The Potato King (Formerly Apricots of Andujar) (2009-work in progress) chamber opera for two singers, actor, Marimba Lumina, and pierrot sextet.
 Commissioned by New Music USA and The Jerome Fund for New Music. 
   •    World premiere planned on the West Coast and NYC in 2016-17 with the Paul Dresher Ensemble.
   •    Workshop premiere through at the N.E.O.N Festival through the University of Nevada in September 2016.
   •    Workshop premiere at U.C. Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies in January 2016
   •    Workshop premiere by Birds on a Wire at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo in March, 2012.  
   •    Workshop premiere with Nextet at the University of Las Vegas, NV in May 2014.  
   Bread and Gentleness (2003, rev. 2007) for tenor and piano.  Commissioned by tenor, John Duykers.  
   •    World premiere at University of California, Davis in January 2007.
   Winter Earth (2005) for soprano and piano.
   •    Preview performance by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players at Stony Brook University, NY in December, 2005.
   Green (2004) for two tenors and electronics. Commissioned by Raw Impressions, Inc as part of RIMT# 15.
   •    World premiere at The Club at LaMama ETC, NYC in February, 2004.
   Now It Can Be Told (2003) for soprano and electronics. Commissioned by A. Jane Johnston.
   •    World premiere at The Times Square Gallery, NYC in May, 2003.
   Elk River's Edge (2002 - 2003) for tenor and chamber ensemble. Commissioned by tenor, John Duykers.
   •    World premiere at California Institute Of The Arts, Valencia, CA, in March, 2003.


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Orchestral

   Glance (2009) Composed for the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra,
   •    World Premiere at Stony Brook University, NY in February, 2010.
   Etudes #1-5 For Orchestra (2006-2008). Composed for the Stony Brook Graduate Orchestra
   •    Readings at Stony Brook University, NY. Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Spring, 2006.
   Inanimates Suite (1994) Movement III for Chamber Orchestra.  
   •    University premiere at Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH in April, 1994.
   Chronos For Orchestra (1989) Composed for the Oakland Youth Orchestra
   •    World premiere in Oakland, CA in March, 1990.


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Theater, Multimedia, Film, & Dance

   Flame (2016) music theater piece for flute and MIDI foot controllers.  Commissioned by Antisocial Music, composed for flutist Margaret Lancaster.
   •    Performance through Composers Concordance at Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside, May 12th 2016.
   •    World premiere at IBeam in Brooklyn, March 11, 2016.
   The Table Where We Met (2012) dance score for solo violin and string quartet samples with choreographer Amy-Yopp Sullivan.  Commissioned by
   Iron Works on the Edge.
   •    Premiered by violinist Esther Noh at Stony Brook University, NY in November, 2012.  
   Light (2009) dance score for electronics with choreographer Amy-Yopp Sullivan.  Commissioned by the Brookhaven National Laboratory
   •    Premiere at the NSLS II Start-of-Construction Celebration, Brookhaven, NY in June, 2009.
   Sea Bourne (2009) film score for electronics. Commissioned by The Stony Brook Department of Theatre Arts and Director Amy Yopp Sullivan.
   •    First screening at the Stony Brook Southampton University, NY in June, 2009.
   When The Sea Dies (2007) dance score for prepared-piano and electronics. Commissioned by The Stony Brook Department of Theatre Arts and  
   Director Amy Yopp Sullivan.
   •    Premiered at Stony Brook University, NY in February, 2007.
   Invisible Messages (2006) for electronics. Commissioned by PS122 and Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Premiered at PS122, NYC in September, 2006.
   Running For Our Lives (2006) dance score for prepared-piano and electronics. Commissioned by The Stony Brook Department of Theatre Arts and
   Director Amy Yopp Sullivan.
   •    Workshop at Stony Brook University, NY in December, 2005.
   Apostasy (2005) for electronics. Commissioned by Dixon Place and Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Workshop at Dixon Place, NYC in August, 2005.
   Museum of Dreams (2005) for electronics. Commissioned by Chashama and Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Premiered at Chashama, NYC in May, 2005.
   Holiday Fantasy (2003) for electronics. Produced by Deke Weaver.
   •    Premiered at The Marquee, NYC in November, 2003.
   I Never Sang For My Father (2003) for electronics. Produced by Laterthanever Productions.
   •    Premiered at Center Stage, NYC in May, 2003.
   Three Ring (2002 - 2003) for electronics. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Festival showing at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania in May, 2003.
   •    Premiered at Walkerspace, NYC in April, 2003.
   •    Developmental showing at HERE Arts Center's Culturemart Festival, NYC in January, 2003.
   The Seagull (2003) for electronics. Produced by Another Theatre Company.
   •    Premiered at The Trilogy Theatre, NYC in February, 2003.
   Phenomenon (2002) for six-channel sound collage. Produced by Alyse Rothman and NERVE.
   •    Developmental showing at HERE Arts Center's Culturemart Festival, NYC in January, 2003.
   •    Developmental showing at HERE Arts Center, NYC in August, 2002.
   Faust Is Dead (2002) for electronics. Commissioned by Horizon Theatre Rep.
   •    Workshop at HERE Arts Center, NYC in November, 2002.
   Circus Disco (2002) for electronics. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Developmental showing at HERE Arts Center, NYC in November, 2002.
   Macbeth (2002) for electronics. Produced by Another Theatre Company.
   •    Premiered at Common Basis Theatre, NYC in November, 2002.
   Circus Disco (2002) for clarinet, accordion, celeste. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Developmental showing at HERE Arts Center, NYC in July, 2002.
   In Tubes (2002) for electronics. Produced by Duende Theatre Company.
   •    Premiered at HERE Arts Center, NYC in June, 2002.
   Cheap Thrills (2001 - 2002) for tenor and electronics. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Premiered at HERE Arts Center, NYC in April, 2002.
   •    Developmental showing commissioned by Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC in December, 2001.
   Rhinoceros (2002) for electronics. Produced by Michele Chivu.
   •    Premiered at Center Stage, NYC in April, 2002.
   The Young Ones (2002) for electronics. Produced by Fordham University at Lincoln Center Playwriting Program.
   •    Premiered at Fordham University, NYC in February, 2002.
   The Twilight Series (2001) for electronics. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Premiered at HERE Arts Center, NYC in July, 2001.
   •    Festival showing at The American Living Room Festival, HERE Arts Center, NYC in July, 2001.
   Nincome (2001) for Electronics. Produced by New Georges.
   •    Workshop at New Georges, NYC in June, 2001.
   Bunny's Last Night In Limbo (2000 - 2001) for live MIDI processing. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Premiered at HERE Arts Center, NYC in March, 2001.
   •    Developmental showing at HERE Arts Center, NYC in November, 2000.
   Poor Angels (1998 - 1999) for electronics. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •    Festival showing at The New York International Fringe Festival, NYC in August, 1999.
   •    Festival showing at The American Living Room Festival, HERE Arts Center, NYC in August, 1999.
   Eschaton 2000 (1998) for electronics. Commissioned by Proto-type Theatre, Inc.
   •   Workshop in NYC in March, 1998.


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Other Work Experience:

Clear Solutions Group, Inc. - owner, consultant, trainer. Clear Solutions Group is a sales, implementation, training and consulting firm for Sage Master Builder - an estimating, project management, payroll and accounting software program for the construction and service industries - with over 200 clients throughout the Tri-state area. Brooklyn, NY. 2000 - present

Looking Glass Studio; Dunvagen Music Publishing - music copier, music editor, studio assistant, intern. Assistance with several aspects of music production, including studio recording, Pro-Tools post-production, and music sequencing, editing, and copying for the Philip Glass Ensemble, film-scoring projects, and operatic works. New York, NY. 2000-2001
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Awards and Honors:

   2014               Third Angle/Russell New Ideas In Music Competition, Grand Prize winner
   2014               RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition, Finalist
   2013               RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition, Honorable Mention
   2012               Boston Chamber Orchestra Commission Competition, Runner-Up
   2012               Music Now Competition, Winner
   2012               Ackerman Award for Excellence in Music
   2012              Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and Future Classics 2012, Honorable Mention
   2012              Fifth Annual New York Composers Circle Competition, Winner    
   2011               Colors 2011 Composition Competition Award, Finalist
   2010              Hanson Young Composer Competition 2010, Honorable Mention; sponsored by the Chamber Music Rochester and the Hanson Institute
                         for American Music of the Eastman School of Music
   2010             Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and Future Classics 2010, Runner-Up
   2008            Meet The Composer Award, in support of the Seattle Chamber Players’ performance of Twilight for Adored and Breathless Moments
   1990-1994    Tuition Scholarship – Oberlin Conservatory

 

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Conferences, Residencies, and Festivals:

  • Versipel New Music Festival, New Orleans, LA in October 2014
  • Florida State University’s Festival of New Music in January, 2013
  • Indiana State University’s 46th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in October, 2012
  • Iron Works on the Edge, Composer-in-Residence, Spring 2012-present
  • EMS2011 - poster presentation of "Quantifying MIDI Use for Instrumental Composers" research project NYC, in June, 2011
  • Doctoral Colloquium - presentation of "Quantifying MIDI Use for Instrumental Composers" research project. Stony Brook University, NY, in December, 2010
  • Le Ville Matte music residency, Teulada, Italy, Summer, 2010
  • Music08 Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH in June, 2008
  • soundSCAPE Music Festival, Pavia Italy in July, 2008
  • Icebreaker IV Music Festival, Seattle, WA in January, 2008
  • HERE Arts Center – Artist in Residence with Prototype Theatre, in 2001-2002

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Recordings & Radio Broadcasts:

  • Glass Blue Cleft recorded by the Escher String Quartet and released on Bridge Records (9318)
  • Glass Blue Cleft on the regular playlist of WQXR
  • Glass Blue Cleft on the regular playlist of WNYC
  • Glass Blue Cleft on the regular playlist of wruv.radioactivity.fm
  • Twilight for Adored and Breathless Moments played on counterstreamradio.com, April 10th and 13th 2008.
  • Theatre Music: The Singles self-produced and released on iTunes and Amazon (2008)
  • Child Talks to Dreams, self-published.

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Affiliations:

  • American Composers Forum
  • Society of Composers, Inc.
  • New York Composers Circle
  • College Music Society

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Software:

I am familiar and proficient in: Windows & Mac operating systems, Pro-Tools, Finale, Cubase, Reason, Performer, Max MSP, Sound Forge, Transcribe!, Master Builder, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, FoxPro, Quickbooks, Peachtree, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pagemaker, and Dreamweaver.

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