In Progress Works (mostly summer projects):
- A Theme and Variations for orchestra (still untitled) — commissioned by the Fort Wayne Indiana chapter of SAI (Sigma Alpha Iota) music fraternity on behalf of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The work should be completed during the summer of 2022 and premiered during the ensemble’s 2022-2023 season.
- Concerto for Taiko Drums (as yet untitled) — I hope to complete this work by February of 2022.
- “Symphony #1” — I hope to complete this work by August of 2022. It will be dedicated to the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.
- New version of my oratorio “A Family Portrait,” with orchestration reduced to two pianos, percussion, violin, flute/piccolo, and hammered dulcimer. All the vocal solos and choral parts will remain unchanged. This reduced setting of the orchestration will make the performances possible for ensembles who do not have the resources for a full orchestra. This will be completed by mid-July, 2021.
- Two or three more French art song settings of Victor Hugo poems, dedicated to my daughter Emily, with cello and violin duo accompaniment. Plans are to have this project completed by August of 2021. These will be added to “Demain des l’aube” which I completed in March of 2020 (see below) in order to create a complete song cycle of Hugo poems.
2021 Works Completed:
- “A Red, Red Rose” for soprano solo with piano. Dedicated as a wedding gift to Hailey Schneider and Freddie Lapierre. There is also a soprano-tenor duet version of this same piece dedicated to Jamie Chamberlin Granner and Nathan Granner.
- “Sigh No More, Ladies” for soprano duo with piano. Dedicated to my daughter Emily.
2020 Works Completed:
- “Songs of the Islands” by Caribbean composer Dominique Le Gendre. Set to be premiered by the Manchester Symphony Orchestra on May 16, 2021. Soloists will be Jamie Chamberlin Granner, soprano, Maegan Pollonais, mezzo-soprano, and Nathan Granner, tenor.
- “Un flambeau, Jeanette Isabelle” (October 2020) an arrangement of the French carol for SSA chorus with piano accompaniment and flute obbligato.
- “Spaces” (July 2020) a quasi-programmatic multi-movement work for Chamber Orchestra with Viola Solo that explores the aesthetic properties of a variety of specific types of places: Green Room, Stadium, Sanctuary, Aviary, and Buttery-Bar. It is inspired by and dedicated to Derek Reeves, principal violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and Jennifer Drake, principal violist of the Boise Baroque Orchestra.
- “Tapestry” (May 2020) for piano duo — this work is inspired by my colleague Dr. Pamela Haynes who is a wonderful piano pedagogue. The piece is specifically created with one piano part technically easier than the other so teachers can perform it with their intermediate to advanced level students. It has three movements, each named for different colored threads in the musical tapestry: 1) Sage and Ivory, 2) Azure and violet, and 3) Scarlet and Amber.
- “Demain dès l’aube” (March 2020) for soprano, violin, and cello, dedicated to my daughter Emily and my spouse (her father), Robert. This is a setting of the poem by Victor Hugo describing a visit to his daughter’s grave four years after her death.