Upcoming:

Summer 2016:

My summer's work will be divided among preparing for my tenure September tenure application, writing new music, and preparing my 2016-2017 classes. The new music includes anticipated works for solo trumpet, saxophone and piano, and my second one-act opera. Most exciting among my upcoming courses are multiple composition student Senior Recitals, a new music theory topics course called Writing about Music (writing popular reviews and scholarly articles on music), and the culmination of my two-year experiment with adopting all open access or self-generated materials in Music Theory 3 and 4. Things will be busy!


News:

Apr. 9, 2016
My 2012 composition Jazz Chowder for clarinet and piano was again performed on the Senior Recital of clarinettist James Thomas at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Mar. 17, 2016
I attended the College Music Society South Central Regional Conference at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX, giving the paper presentation "The Big Picture: A Practical Model for the Meaningful Development, Implementation, Tracking, and Utilization of Assessment in Your College Music Program."

Feb. 23, 2016
I presented a joint Faculty Composition Recital, along with Dr. Mel Mobley, at the University of Louisiana Monroe in Monroe, LA. This concert featured portions of my 2015 song cycle Letting Myself In (Selections) performed by soprano Dr. Claire Vangelisti and pianist Dr. Richard Seiler, as well as the world premiere of my solo work Meditation on the American Dream by UT Tyler's Dr. Jaeyong Lee.

Dec. 6, 2015
My fifth Fall semester is nearly over, and Finals Week is nearly upon us. This semester brought a number of firsts. Our Composition division at UT Tyler produced its first ever choral version of the Composer Readings series. We also offered our first Electronic Music course, covering the very basics of MIDI, audio, and notation applications. And last, I completed a new solo piano work which will be premiered in 2016 (details forthcoming).

May 15, 2015
Earlier this month, I attended my fourth UT Tyler Spring Commencement ceremony. It is an odd and heartwarming milestone, realizing that students who entered our program as freshmen in Fall 2011 are starting to graduate. I look forward to seeing many more get their diplomas in the years to come.

Apr. 10, 2015
I was awarded 1st place poster at the University of Texas at Tyler Teaching Symposium, presenting two different posters: "Composer Mentors: A Model for Community Engagement, Service Learning, and Learning by Teaching" and "Sonatas, Rondos, and Cupcakes: The Efficacy of Collaborative Learning in Undergraduate Music Theory Courses."

Mar. 12, 2015
I attended the College Music Society South Central Regional Conference at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. While there, I gave a paper presentation entitled "Sonatas, Rondos, and Cupcakes: The Efficacy of Collaborative Learning in Undergraduate Music Theory Courses." I also presented the 10-minute Lightning Talk "Composer Mentors: A Model for Community Engagement, Service Learning, and Learning by Teaching."

Feb. 5, 2015
I presented an hour-long solo faculty composition recital, featuring four recent works for voice and piano, performed by my colleagues Vicki Conway (piano), Yoonsang Lee (baritone), and Sooah Park (soprano). The recital featured the world premiere of Letting Myself In (Selections), a fifteen-minute setting of five poems from by local Tyler, TX, poet Anne McCrady.

Nov. 13, 2014
I organized the first annual Piney Woods Young Musicians Collaborative, a program that matched UT Tyler student composers with high school student composers in a semester-long mentoring experience. This service learning program provided guidance for the younger composers, and an opportunity for our college students to put their music creation skills to work and help others at the same time. The project culminated in an audio-recorded readings rehearsal concert of the created works, performed by volunteer UT Tyler performers, in conjunction with our regular Composer Readings concert series. Advertising and materials for the UT Tyler Piney Woods Young Musicians Collaborative were sponsored by a Community Engagement Seed Grant through the College Music Society’s CMS Fund. The membership and leadership of the College Music Society and the CMS Fund are dedicated to advancing the ideals of education in music through meaningful community engagement projects.

Oct. 30, 2014
I gave a poster presentation entitled "Sonata Form and Cupcakes: The Efficacy of Collaborative Learning in Undergraduate Music Theory Courses" at the 2014 National Conference of the College Music Society in St. Louis, MO. This poster described my experience and lessons learned through administering a group analysis project in Form and Analysis courses in 2013 and 2014.

April 24, 26, and 27, 2014
I wrote original music and sound design for the new play Hope Unchained, which premiered this month at Tyler Civic Theatre and Crossroads Community Church. The play, written by Tanna Barrett-Page, is based on a true story of a sexual assault. It premiered in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The play was sponsored by the East Texas Crisis Center and covered by our local NBC and CBS stations, as well as UT Tyler's online student news organization the Patriot Talon (my segment begins at 2:25).

April 17-18, 2014
The Composition Department at the University of Texas at Tyler hosted guest artist and lecturer Mr. Gregory Thomas Woolford Martin, an educator, composer, and musicologist from the Washington, D.C., area. Mr. Martin gave a variety of presentations for our students, including three composer master classes, an introduction to making composing part of one's career, an introduction to Minimalism (Music Theory 4 class), and a lecture entitled "From Formula to Fanfare: How Music Education Moved from a Science to a Performance-Based Curriculum". Click here to read his thoughts on scoring a 2014 production of Molotov Theatre Group's play Normal.

April 18, 2014
My composition A Happy Routine was featured for a second time on a concert by the University of Texas at Tyler Guitar Ensemble at the university's Braithwaite Recital Hall.

March 29, 2014
"The Conqueror Worm", the third movement from my 17-minute song cycle Three Macabre Songs, was performed by Dr. Bob Jones (baritone) and Dr. Andy Froelich (piano) at the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the College Music Society, in Fargo, ND. Listen to the premiere of this movement here, sung by commissioning baritone Charlie Hyland.

March 1, 2014
My composition A Happy Routine was premiered by the University of Texas at Tyler Guitar Ensemble at Tyler's First Presbyterian Church. (recording coming soon)

Nov. 23, 2013
My marimba and vibraphone duet Innocence was premiered by Austin "Boomer" Tackett and Sarah Reese, on Boomer's Senior Percussion Recital, at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Nov. 1, 2013
I co-presented a lecture entitled "Role Reversal: A Collaborative Project in Flipping the Theory Classroom", along with Dr. Garrett Hope, at the 2013 National Conference of the College Music Society in Cambridge, MA. This presentation detailed our experiences conducting a joint project introducing basic concepts of form to Theory 2 students, using student-created group project videos.

Oct. 18, 2013
Two UT Tyler composition students joined me on a field trip to Sam Houston State University for a joint New Music Concert. My song Two Coffins for tenor and piano was performed. Many thanks to our SHSU hosts, Dr. Kyle Kindred and Dr. B.P. Herrington for putting together the concert and programming our pieces!

Aug., 2013
My third academic year at UT Tyler began.

Apr. 14, 2013
Baritone Charlie Hyland gave the world premiere of my Three Macabre Songs at Binghamton University's Casadesus Hall. Commissioned by Mr. Hyland, this 17-minute collection of songs sets three poems by Edgar Allan Poe: "To One in Paradise," "Sonnet-Silence," and "The Conqueror Worm" (links to YouTube videos of the excellent premiere).

Jan. 4, 2013
A selection from my one-act opera Oblivion was performed at the 2013 National Opera Association Annual Convention in Portland, OR. I was one of three finalists in their Chamber Opera Competition.

Nov. 15-18, 2012
Three movements from my doctoral dissertation chamber work Dirge for the New Sunrise were performed by musicians from soundSCAPE at the 2012 National Conference of the College Music Society, in San Diego, CA. Also at the Conference, I sat on a panel discussing the implications of copyright issues facing musicians and educators.

Oct. 5-6, 2012
My CC21 solo voice composition My Beloved Is Mine was performed at the 2012 Society of Composers Region VI Conference, on the campus of West Texas A & M University, in Canyon, TX.

Oct. 15, 2012
Clarinetist Ben Redwine presented a recital of chamber music at the University of Texas at Tyler, including two new works of mine.

May 16, 2012
My first academic year at UT Tyler came to a successful close.

Jan. 17, 2012
Semester #2 started at UT Tyler, where I taught Music Theory II, Aural Skills II, Counterpoint, and composition lessons.

Nov. 10, 2011
Soprano Rachel Evangeline Barham kindly performed my CC21 wedding song "My Beloved Is Mine" in Waynesville, NC. Donations were accepted to benefit the Rathbun Center in Asheville.

Nov. 7, 2011
Check out my latest blog post on burritos, music, and life priorities.

Oct. 20-22, 2011
Two excerpts from The Eden Diaries were performed by students and faculty from Oklahoma Central University at the College Music Society National Conference in Richmond, VA. I also gave a brief talk on my CC21 project and the use of Creative Commons.

Aug. 15, 2011
I joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Tyler as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition!

May - Aug., 2011
Adjunct Instructor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

May 14, 2011
Received the D.M.A. in Music Composition from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Apr. 7 @ 7:30 P.M.
My final degree requirement, the Lecture Recital, played at CUA's John Paul Haul. More information is here.

Feb., 2011
My orchestra work The Silence They Need was approved as the third and final composition component of my dissertation. Only one requirement remains: the Lecture Recital in April.

Feb., 2011
My blog has seen a large uptick in posts since late-January. Topics include Radiohead, opera (twice!), ASCAP, and what I made for dinner on Wednesday. Read, enjoy, comment.

Oct. 23 @ 7:30 P.M.
Excerpts from Dirge for the New Sunrise (in-progress) were performed on the SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) CUA Student Chapter Fall Concert.

Sep. 23, 2010 - Sep. 26, 2010
My Miniature Symphony No. 1b in D Major, for piano trio, was selected for performance at the Fifty-Third National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis, MN.

Jul. 8, 2010 - Jul. 25, 2010
My chamber opera, Oblivion, premiered in Washington, DC, as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. July 8, 13, 16, 21, & 25.

Jun. 4, 2010
Fellow composers Michael Oberhauser, Roc Lee, and I presented a free recital of new chamber and vocal music, in the parlor of the trendy B&B Artists Inn Residence. A huge thank you to our fantastic performers, and audience!

May, 2010
Was quoted in this MinnesotaPlaylist.com article on composing music for theater, written by my good friend and fellow composer Candace Bilyk.

Mar. 26, 2010
Presented a live demonstration of my Moog Etherwave theremin at the New Music Salon, presented by our local chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. It was interesting, engaging, and horribly difficult to control!

Mar., 2010
Created a new Sound Design page with a work history and sample audio cues. This offshoot of my career involves creating live and electronic music/sounds for plays.

Mar. 5, 2010
Had a performance of my art song in memoriam Hibakusha at the 2010 SCI Student National Conference in Huntington, WV. This work is meant to honor the victims of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Feb., 2010
Ended my daily haiku series, after 121 entries! (Click to read them all.)

Oct., 2009
Added a Lessons page for those interested in studying Music Theory/Aural SkillsComposition, and other topics.

Sep., 2009
Uploaded a shipload of links to my Reviews and Blog page. Now you can read my ramblings to your heart's delight.

Jul., 2009
Completed audio and scores of String Quartet No. 1: At Best It Sometimes Rhymes. Then I blogged about it.

Jul., 2009
S.Q. Daily: A Composer's Listening Journal was my public self-introduction into the world of the string quartet. I've gotten a lot of composing ideas and some decent music review posts out of it. Check it out.

April, 2009
Participated in BEDA: Blog Every Day in April.  Check out the complete list of 30 topics I covered!

Mar. 5, 2009
Got a theremin (the Etherwave Standard from Moog) for Christmas, and finally completed enough composition projects in late February to reward myself by taking it out of the box.  As an introduction, I highly recommend checking Youtube to see it in both classical (RockmoreKavinaGrillo) and popular (George) contexts.  These are the four best thereminists I've ever heard.
















































































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