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January 27, 2012

Spring, 2012 – Three World Premieres

THREE WORLD PREMIERES in Spring 2012: I’m fortunate to have yet another very busy season to kick off 2012, including the world premieres of three new works: FEBRUARY 19th (Ball State Univ.), MARCH 1st (ABA Convention), MARCH 16th (Orchestra Hall, Chicago): Paean: Chant and Triumph, a new work for the Ball State University… continued

January 9, 2012

W. Francis McBeth 1933-2012

My mentor, first composition teacher, and friend, Dr. Francis McBeth passed away on Jan. 6th. He was a great teacher – funny, wise, sharp as a tack, with strong opinions on how music should sound.  Every note I’ve written in the past 21 years bears his mark in some way, and it’s no exaggeration to… continued

August 30, 2011

All My Music (almost): SoundCloud

I’ve posted complete recordings of (almost) all of my music on SoundCloud. Leave a comment at your favorite moment in a piece (or not-so-favorite moment…). BTW, these are my favorite recordings of each of my works (in some cases, I’ve posted multiple versions), so please start here if you want to hear any of… continued

June 17, 2011

Texas Prescribed Music List

Many (all?) states in the US have a “list” of music for school bands, orchestras, and choirs to choose from when performing at state-sanctioned contests. The biggest of these is the Texas Prescribed Music List (everything’s bigger in Texas…), and many other states simply copy this list for their own use. After 12 years of… continued

June 7, 2011

Anthem mp3 and score

Anthem is finally posted! This is the live premiere at Purdue University, conducted by Jay Gephart, last April. I conducted 6 of my other works with their bands while I was there, but told Jay I couldn’t conduct the premiere of a brand new piece – I really wanted to sit in the audience… continued

April 5, 2011

Self-publishing – nuts and bolts

My fellow composers and I have written a number of times about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, covering everything from copyright to licensing to notation. However, I don’t recall that we have actually demonstrated, in simple steps, the physical process of making of the paper product, so I shot a video here in my home studio/office… continued

April 4, 2011

Studio Tour

I made a short video tour of my home studio. It’s not Jerry Bruckheimer material, but I invite anyone with FX skills to add lasers and  explosions.

March 21, 2011

Anthem + Cello Concerto + Hummingbrrd for Euphonium

I finished two new pieces last week. That makes three in the past month. This can’t be good for me… The first, Anthem, is a brand new work for Jay Gephart and the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, commissioned to celebrate the Purdue Bands’ 125th anniversary. It’s 7’30” of joy, featuring twittering flutes, vibraphone, glockenspiel,… continued

February 9, 2011

Hummingbrrd

Back in May, 2010, my dear friend Hila Plitmann performed her own concert of songs at the Boston Court Theater in LA. In addition to her own amazing originals, she asked a number of people to arrange some popular songs for her. I was honored to arrange Nine Inch Nails’… continued