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Sitting here at 5:17 AM on a restless summer Tuesday, I find myself struggling as I always do to find a voice for my blog posts. I have tried again and again to make writing something regular, perhaps therapeutic, in … Read More

It’s about the people
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“Regardless of where you are or what you’re doing, it’s about the people. Novel, intense experiences enhance the chance for meaningful human connections. Done well, they engender trust, an essential ingredient for making big things happen. […] If you’re seeking … Read More

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Over the last semester of my first year as Director of Bands and Orchestras at East Austin College Prep, a 3A charter school aimed at low-income families and at-risk youth, I have reflected on my teaching a lot. It’s a … Read More

Nico Muhly’s “Thoughts on being well”
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These last few days I’ve been contemplating many, many things. I won’t go into detail for various reasons, but I’d assume firstly that if you’re here reading this blog it’s not to read me warble my jumbled thoughts in list … Read More

Orchestra reading
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I received a stunning reading of my in progress orchestral work, Tragedy of the Forgotten World. Commissioned by Richard Hall, an old friend and colleague from Eastern New Mexico University, this work acts as an Epic for Bassoon and Orchestra. … Read More

Composer’s Circle feature
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I recently had the honor of being featured by the group Composer’s Circle. They work hard to document and feature as much music by new and emergin composers as possible on a regular basis. I encourage you to take a … Read More

On analysis of recent music
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“The good composition will always reveal, on close study, the methods of analysis needed for its own comprehension.” Edward T. ConeAmerican composer, music theorist, pianist, and philanthropist

Violet meditations
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Listen to the world premiere, delivered Saturday, June 21, 2014 by the Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Band in Portales, New Mexico. This first movement of Meditations was commissioned by Dustin Seifert and the 2014 Eastern New Mexico University Alumni … Read More

The first steps of a new work
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My friends! I am THRILLED to officially announce the composition of a new work for band (titled Meditations), graciously commissioned by Dustin Seifert and the 2014 Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Band and written in honor of one of my greatest mentors during my … Read More