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August 1, 2018:

As of May 1, 2018, I am officially a Doctor of Musical Arts! My dissertation piece, Wide Eyes, was a success, and I am extremely pleased with how it turned out. Jacob and I are in the process of arranging some performances and officially recording it. In the meantime we are enjoying the freedom of post-graduation life and looking forward to the future!


Nov 24, 2017:

I do not update my website NEARLY often enough, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Over the past year, I have had electronic works featured on both SEAMUS and NYCEMF, finished commissions for percussionists Nathaniel Gworek, Kevin Cross, and Jacob Dike, finished my dissertation piece – a multi movement work for drum set and electronics, and will very soon be completing my doctorate in composition at CCM! And of course, there have been plenty of awesome performances of my work along the way. I am blessed and humbled to be able to work with so many talented musicians that are interested in what I have to offer.


NOV 13, 2016:

Four festivals in four weeks! It began on October 15 with Electronic Music Midwest in Chicago, where my piece Smaller Oceans was skillfully performed by percussionists Jacob Dike and Paulina Michels alongside many, many other stunning works. Then I had the privilege of attending the Bowling Green New Music Festival, which featured my work summersong for violin and piano. After that, it was off to the 2016 Midwest Composer’s Symposium at the University of Iowa, where my piece I Don’t Think the Snare Drum Thinks for “prepared” snare drum was premiered. And finally, on November 10, Smaller Oceans was performed again at the ElectroAcoustic Barn Dance at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. So, four festivals, four cities, four STATES, in four weeks! Exhausting and rewarding!