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January 31, 2014

TMEA 2014

Hey y’all! (I grew up in Arkansas, I have license to say “y’all”) The Texas Music Educators Association convention is 11 days away! This year, I’ll be giving a clinic with composer Alex Shapiro, and conductors Robert Sloan and Miller Asbill covering technology and music education – everything from our pieces that use… continued

January 29, 2014

The Machine Awakes iPhone and iPad app!

It’s finally here! My piece The Machine Awakes for youth band / orchestra with live electronics now has an iOS app you can run the electronics from! All you need is to plug it into your PA system (don’t forget the required [LOUD] monitor for the conductor), and someone to press… continued

July 22, 2013

Texas Bandmasters Association 2013 Convention

I’m the “TBA 2013 Featured Composer” this week at the convention in San Antonio, TX, and having a great time! The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras Wind Ensemble gave a fantastic performance of “Suite Dreams” yesterday, and this afternoon the Cedar Park Winds are about to open their concert with “”, and tonight, the USAF… continued

May 20, 2013

Ecstatic Waters – auction of my set of original scores

We’re moving (new house, still in Durham!), and while cleaning out my studio, I found the original scores for the Bowling Green premiere, the three UT Austin performances (including at the Meyerson and at CBDNA), and the one we used for the WASBE 2009 performance by the University of North Texas. I also found a… continued

November 27, 2012

Midwest 2012 – Bryant x 4

It’s only three weeks until I’m in Chicago for the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic! I haven’t been to Midwest since 2009, so I’m particularly excited return this year and see everyone’s haggard-drank-too-much-last-night-8am-concert-music-soaked visages! I’m fortunate and honored to have four performances this year, including the USAF Band performing two movements of… continued

October 13, 2012

The Machine Awakes (live humans, this time!)

Last week, Kevin Geraldi and the UNCG Symphonic Band were kind enough to devote some time on a rehearsal to reading and recording The Machine Awakes for me, so now you have something other than the MIDI realization to listen to! Composers: I’m leaving the original MIDI version posted in hopes this will make for… continued

October 1, 2012

Solace MIDI posted

In anticipation of the world premiere of Solace, my new work for wind ensemble + electronics, coming up on Tuesday, October 9th, I’ve decided to post the MIDI realization, complete with those lovely buzz-saw MIDI saxophones. The piece is quiet for large stretches, so you should use good headphones (cranked up loud!), or a… continued

September 19, 2012

Solace for Wind Ensemble and Electronics

My newest work for large ensemble and electronics, Solace, is now in rehearsals at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Yesterday was the first rehearsal with electronics, and the first time I’ve gotten to hear the piece – always an overwhelming experience. The band sounded great, especially since it’s still early in the process,… continued

January 28, 2012

Spring 2012 Residencies

Another full semester of guest composer residencies, world premieres, and even a little conducting in Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The festivities begin… NOW! JANUARY 28-29 [Baltimore, MD]: Peabody Conservatory – David Vickerman’s Digital Embrace, featuring Christopher Stark’s Augenblick, Jason Gerraughty’s TWEAK, and my Ecstatic Waters – a full concert of works for winds, percussion,… continued