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Commissions

I know that commissions are special occasions 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.

Commissioned Works

For the New Hampshire Master Chorale:

  • Eight Gypsy Songs after Brahms (2009) (SATB chorus), premiere performances May 1-3, 2009
  • The Unicorn in the Garden (2008) (SATB chorus/mixed ensemble), premiere performances November 21-23, 2008
  • Then Shall Be Heard Music Here (2008) (SATB Chorus), premiere performances May 2-4, 2008
  • Three Seasons (Claude McKay Poems) (2007) (SATB chorus/English horn (doubling oboe)/viola/cello/harp), premiere performances November 16-19, 2007
  • “The Grass Is Always Greener” (2007) (patter song), premiere performances May 4-6, 2007
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (2006) (SATB chorus/guitar), premiere performances November 17-19, 2006
  • Kalevala Fragments (2006) (SATB chorus), premiere performances May 5-7, 2006
  • The Return (Armistice Poems) (2005) (SATB chorus/piano), premiere performances November 18-20, 2005
  • Walden Recessional (2004)(SATB chorus/cello), premiere performances November 19-21, 2004
  • God’s World, premiere performances April 30-May 2, 2004

For other ensembles:

  • Descants for “Wachet auf” (2008) (hn/vocal), Sandwich (NH) Singers (premiere performances December 17/21, 2008)
  • Descant for “Cranham” (“In the Bleak Midwinter”) (2007), Sandwich Singers (premiere performance December 12, 2007)
  • Front Porch Poems (2006) (mezzo/viola/piano), New Hampshire Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association (premiere October 21, 2006)
  • Later (2006) (narrator/orchestra), 9/11 Memorial Concert, PSU (premiere September 9, 2006)
  • A Song of the Road (2006) (SATB chorus/trumpet/piano 4-hands), Manchester (NH) Choral
    Society (premiere performances May 20-21, 2006)
  • Untitled (2002) (SATB chorus/piano), New Hampshire Friendship Chorus (premiere June 22, 2002; subsequent performances on their Summer 2002 tour of Southeast Asia)
  • When the White Dove (2001) (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 (2000) (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 (1997) (TTBB chorus), The Ralph Farris Chorale, Fryeburg, ME
  • Incidental music for Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (1997) (live vocalist/recorded voices), PSU Theatre (premiere March 12, 1997)
  • "I Want to Die While You Love Me" (1996) (alto/piano), Susan Smith, alto (premiere performances September 7 and 15, 1996)
  • Ut Prosim (1996) (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 (1995) (piano), Carleen Graff, pianist (premiere November 19, 1995)
  • SCAC Fanfare (1995) (MIDI media), intermission fanfare for the Silver Cultural Arts Center, PSU (premiere June 1995)
  • "If There Are Any Heavens" (1995) (high voice/violin/piano), members of the PSU performance faculty (premiere April 23, 1995)
  • Laudate, Confitemini (1992) (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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