In Progress Works:

  • 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 2021. It will be dedicated to the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. 
  • 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. 

2020 Works Completed:

  • “Songs of the Islands” by French 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.