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Commissioning a piece of music is a special occasion in the lives of the organizations that commission them; I do my best to rise to these occasions by creating works that will strongly move both the musicians who perform them and the audiences who hear them. I work closely with commissioning ensembles to determine what their needs are, and to meet those needs.

Several of the pieces on the list below arose from specific requests from ensembles and their directors for works that would fit into the overall theme of, or available performing forces for, specific concerts. I enjoy meeting those requests (on or before their due dates), and delivering compositions that work to my commissioners. I consider the warm response my music has received from commissioners, conductors, performers, and audience members alike to be one of the most significant artistic achievements of my career.

To commission a work, please contact me to start a conversation about your piece.

Commissions as Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale:

Commissions for Other Ensembles:

  • Gone From My Sight (SATB chorus/piano), Plymouth (NH) Regional High School, premiere performance May 2017
  • 1E&A2& (band), Pelham (NH) Memorial School, premiere performance May 2017
  • Music for Brilliant Being (digital media), Plymouth State University, premiere performances September 22 & 25, 2016, watch a video excerpt
  • Requiem: Learning to Fall, SATB chorus and orchestra. Commissioned by the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts (premiere performances by the Manchester (NH) Choral Society, May 21-22, 2016
  • One Christmas, SATB chorus/horn/piano, Sandwich (NH) Singers, premiere performances December 14 & 17, 2014
  • Short Rumination and Grofean Romp, oboe, clarinet & bassoon, New Hampshire Master Chorale fundraising auction
  • Sections of The Sandwich Project 2013, soprano saxophone, horn, voices & piano, Sandwich (NH) Singers, premiere performances December 15 & 18, 2013
  • Time Has Cast It All Far Back , SATB chorus & piano, Plymouth (NH) 250th Anniversary Celebration, premiere performance July 20, 2013
  • Campton Back in Time, children’s chorus/piano, Campton (NH) Elementary School Chorus, premiere performance May 29, 2013
  • Sections of Gower Wassail, soprano saxophone, horn, voices & piano, Sandwich (NH) Singers, premiere performances December 16 & 19, 2012
  • Sections of The Snow in the Street, horn, voices & piano), Sandwich Singers, premiere performances December 11 & 14, 2011
  • Psalm 98, SATB chorus & organ, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Greeneville, TN, premiere November 6, 2011
  • Festival Fanfare , full orchestra or various brass quartets, New Hampshire Music Festival, premiere performances throughout their 2011 summer season
  • Sections of Gloucestershire Hodie, mezzo soprano, baritone, horn, voices & piano, Sandwich Singers, premiere performances December 15 & 19, 2010
  • Descant for “Wie schön leuchtet”, horn, vocal & piano, Sandwich Singers premiere performances December 13 & 16, 2009
  • Descants for “Wachet auf”, horn & vocal, Sandwich (NH) Singers, premiere performances December 17 & 21, 2008
  • Descant for “Cranham” (“In the Bleak Midwinter”), Sandwich Singers, premiere performance December 12, 2007
  • Front Porch Poems mezzo soprano, viola & piano, New Hampshire Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association, premiere October 21, 2006
  • Later, narrator & orchestra, 9/11 Memorial Concert, Plymouth State University, premiere September 9, 2006
  • A Song of the Road , SATB chorus, trumpet & piano 4-hands, Manchester (NH) Choral Society, premiere performances May 20 & 21, 2006
  • Untitled SATB chorus & piano, New Hampshire Friendship Chorus, premiere June 22, 2002; subsequent performances on their Summer 2002 tour of Southeast Asia
  • When the White Dove1) SATB chorus & string quartet or piano, New Hampshire Friendship Chorus, premiere June 22, 2002; subsequent performances on their Summer 2002 tour of Southeast Asia
  • Today, Corning West High School (NY) Occidentals, premiere May 21, 2001
  • Sun of Righteousness SATB chorus & organ, First United Methodist Church, Rochester, NH; commissioned for the choir of Rochester Cathedral, England; premiere performances by them during their New England tour, May 29–June 4, 2000)
  • The Insoluble Persists, New Hampshire Music Teachers Association, premiere October 22, 1999 at Quad States Convention of New England MTNA state associations
  • The Whole World Is Coming, Plymouth State University Chamber Singers, premiere April 24, 1998; subsequent performances in England and New Hampshire in concert and as incidental music for educational theatre work A Circle 'Round the Sun, Spring–Summer, 1998
  • Out of the Depths, TTBB chorusS, The Ralph Farris Chorale, Fryeburg, ME, 1997
  • "I Want to Die While You Love Me" <, alto & piano, Susan Smith, alto, premiere performances September 7 & 15, 1996
  • Ut Prosim, SATB chorus & piano, Pemigewasset Choral Society, Plymouth, NH, premiere performances May 10 & 12, 1996
  • Piano Monster!, PSU Piano Monster Concert premiere, with composer conducting, May 2, 1996
  • Duplicitous Fits and Starts,piano, Carleen Graff, pianist, premiere November 19, 1995
  • SCAC Fanfare, MIDI media, intermission fanfare for the Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth State University, premiere June 1995
  • "If There Are Any Heavens", high voice, violin & piano, members of the PSU performance faculty, premiere April 23, 1995
  • Laudate, Confitemini , SAB chorus, 2 trumpets & organ, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX, premiere April 18, 1992
  • Fanfare for the House of God, St. James' Church, Los Angeles, CA, premiere June 5, 1988

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