Contralto, flute, viola, and harp
This is a nine-song cycle setting the poetry of Pat Mora. The texts are lyrical, fun, profound, and very musical, which made setting them a pleasure.
Soprano, tenor, clarinet, cello, and piano
This duet was commissioned for a wedding, set to a text written by the groom.
Clarinet and organ
This was commissioned by a woman who wanted to hear the organ outside of a traditional context. This piece is a series of short dances with a carnival-like atmosphere.
Countertenor/Contralto, oboe, French horn, cello, and piano
This was commissioned by a countertenor friend of mine. Being about the delight of friends the chamber ensemble really works; each instrument has a specific role in bringing the music together.
School for Scandal
Oboe, clarinet, and string quartet
This was commissioned as incidental music for the play by Sheridan. It is in 3 short movements; Overture, Scandal Stomp, and Minuet.
snow, #1: the first snowflake
Violin and clarinet
I was walking in Boston one November day and stopped to watch as a single snowflake slowly danced its way to the ground.
Echoes of Las Ventas
Three trumpets, two trombones, and tuba
This was inspired by the artistry, history, and magnificence of the bullfighting ring in Madrid, Spain. (Just to be clear, this work has nothing whatsoever to do with bullfighting itself.)
Clarinet, cello, and piano
This was a birthday commission for a man named Ravel, so naturally it is based on Ravel's Bolero. All the repetition you love, with more harmonic and rhythmic interest!
Flute and violin
This is in two short movements, the second one on a theme by my friend, Rey.
Flute, clarinet, bassoon, and string quartet
This is a ballet piece depicting the witches in Macbeth not as old hags but as beautiful, young seductresses.
Flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon
This is a 12-tone piece, but accessible in a slow, polyphonic style to emphasize the importance and and the sequential nature of the melody.