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EDUCATION

2009
Ph.D., Music Composition
University of Iowa
Committee: David Gompper (chair), Lawrence Fritts, Nicole Biamonte, Stephen Swanson, Eric Forsythe.
Dissertation: Some Distance Away for solo trumpet and chamber orchestra.

2006
Masters Degree, Music Composition
University of Massachusetts
Committee: Bruce MacCombie (chair), Bret Aarden, and Ernest May.
Thesis: Americana for brass choir and percussion.

2002
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Music
Boston College

Principal Instructors:
Composition: David Gompper, Bruce MacCombie, Lawrence Fritts, Salvatore Macchia, Thomas Oboe Lee
Electronic/Electroacoustic: Scott Wyatt, Lawrence Fritts, Jean-Paul Perrotte
Trumpet: José Saloio

EXPERIENCE

2009-present
President
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.
Founded and have run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since its inception in November 2009 and incorporation in April 2010. Responsible for overseeing the organization’s operation as a whole, managing all volunteer staff, serving as ex-officio member of Board of Directors, and functioning as the point-of-contact for the organization. The organization is an international network of composers, performers, conductors, directors, and champions of music established in order to generate new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions.

2002-present
Church Musician
Perform for various services on piano and trumpet in the greater Boston and Seacoast, NH regions. Most recent engagements include St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover, MA and Corpus Christi Parish in Portsmouth, NH.

2010-present
Private Composition Studio Instructor
Teach private composition lessons in the greater Boston and Seacoast, NH regions and online to students levels introductory through graduate students and ages 17 to 85.

2006-2009
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Iowa
Taught aural skills/ear training, graded and assisted music theory levels I-II (2006-2007), III-IV (2007-2009).

2004-2006
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Massachusetts
2005-2006: Orchestra librarian. Graded and assisted African-American Music and Musicians class.
2004-2005: Manager of symphony band and wind ensemble

FESTIVALS

  • PARMA/SCI Music Festival, August 2013
    Performance of Words of Love and Despair (2011) for flute, clarinet, and piano
  • “Tutti” New Music Festival, Denison University, March 2009
    Faculty performance of The Terraces of Purgatory (2008) for soprano and piano
  •  Midwest Composers Symposium, University of Iowa, February 2008
    University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra performance of In Memoriam (2005, rev. 2008)
  • Midwest Composers Symposium, Indiana University, February 2008
    Indiana University Brass Choir performance of Americana (2006)
    Indiana University Contemporary Choir Ensemble performance of Angele Dei (2005)

HONORS AND AWARDS

ASCAP Plus Award Winner, 2012 & 2013

2013
Invited guest composer at Northern Arizona University New Music concert (March). World premiere performance of Answers and Questions for alto sax, piano, and percussion.

2012, 2013
Served on three-member judging panel for PARMA Student Composer Competition.

2011
Awarded grant from Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program for commission “Sonata for Horn and Percussion” for DMA candidate Candace Thomas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (February)

2009
Accepted membership into Pi Kappa Lambda (May)
Judge for National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Junior Composers contest, North Central region (March)

2007
In Memoriam recorded by Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Robert Ian Winstin. Released in Volume 15 of Masterworks of the New Era CD series by ERM Media, December 2009.

COMMISSIONS

  • Answers and Questions for alto saxophone, piano, and two percussion players, March 2013
    Commissioned by Erasable Color, Northern Arizona University student ensemble
  •  A Few Moments Later for brass choir, September 2011
    Commissioned by Bay Colony Brass; Jerry Cadden, director
  •  “Sonata” for Horn and Percussion, March 2011
    Commissioned by Candace Thomas, DMA candidate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  •  Words of Love and Despair for flute, clarinet, and piano, February 2011
    Commissioned by Quinta Esencia (Boston, Mass.) ensemble
  •  The Terraces of Purgatory, song cycle for soprano and piano, September 2008
    Commissioned by Shannon Rose McAuliffe, B.M., University of Massachusetts
  •  Cantos del Mar for tuba and piano, May 2007
    Commissioned by Valentine Bialecki, B.M., University of Massachusetts

COLLABORATIONS
2008
Composed works for multimedia production at the University of Iowa: Beth’s Solo and Carmen (choreographed by Analia Alegre-Femenias) and Truth and Beauty (video and photography by Erin Burns)

2006
Composed incidental music for University of Iowa’s production of David’s Red-Haired Death by Sherry Kramer

CONDUCTING

  • World premiere performance of The Modern Orpheus by Severyn Bruyn, October 2011
    Instrumentation: SATB vocal quartet, piano, cello, and clarinet; with acted scenes performed between movements
  •  World premiere performance of A Song of Evolution by Severyn Bruyn, October 2010
    Instrumentation: SATB vocal quartet and piano, with acted scenes performed between movements
  •  The Boston New Music Initiative September Concert, September 2010
    Weeping Willow by Bruce Reiprich
    Instrumentation: soprano and string quartet
  •  The Boston New Music Initiative Inaugural Concert, February 2010
    Loveliness Extreme by Ingrid Stötzel
    Instrumentation: cl, pno, vn, vc

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2013
Answers and Questions for alto saxophone, piano, and two percussion players (8’)
• Northern Arizona University, March 2013 (Erasable Color)

Moments for orchestra (7’)
• Longy School of Music, April 27, 2013 (BNMI; Lipsitt, conductor)

2011
A Few Moments Later for brass choir (7’)
• Burlington, Massachusetts, January 28, 2012 (Bay Colony Brass; Cadden, conductor)

Words of Love and Despair for flute, clarinet, and piano (6’)
• United Church of Christ, Medfield, Massachusetts, February 18, 2011 (Quinta Esencia)
• First Church, Boston, Massachusetts, June 18, 2011 (Quinta Esencia)
• PARMA/SCI Music Festival, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 16, 2013 (BNMI)

Sonata for Horn and Percussion (6’)
• University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, April 30, 2011 (Thomas; Berg)

2010
The Terraces of Purgatory for soprano and chamber orchestra (13’)
• Longy School of Music, November 14, 2010 (BNMI; Smith, soprano; Stapleton, conductor)

2009
Hommage for brass quintet (10’)
• Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, June 3, 2010 (Artemisia Quintet)
• University of North Texas, April 16, 2011 (Graduate Quintet)

I Am Not Yours for soprano and string quartet (12’)
• Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, February 4, 2010 (BNMI; Smith, soprano; Stapleton, conductor)

2008
Lux Aeterna for SSAATTBB choir (6’)
• University of Iowa, October 19, 2008 (Loes, conductor)
• Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 27, 2012 (Seraphim Singers; Lester, conductor)
• Attleboro, Massachusetts, May 12, 2012 (Oure Pleasure Singers; Warbold, conductor)

The Terraces of Purgatory for soprano voice and piano (13’)
• University of Massachusetts, October 21 (McAuliffe; Bailey)
• University of Iowa, December 6 (Smith; DuHamel)
• Denison University (“Tutti” New Music Festival), March 27, 2009 (Andrews-Smith; Newcomb)
• Bay View Music Festival, July, 2009 (Smith; Patterson)

Perspective for viola solo (6’)
• University of Iowa, May 3 (Calhoun)

2007
Cantos del Mar for tuba and piano (rev. 2010) (8’)
• University of Iowa, March 9, 2008 (Zelle; Tauscheck)

Break Point for stereophonic playback (5’)
• University of Iowa, April 15

Etude for piano (6’)
• University of Iowa, February 25 (Bungert)

Music from Timeless Suspension of Dreams, multimedia performance (60’)
• University of Iowa, November 29-December 1
“Carmen” (Alegre-Femenias, choreography) (12’)
“Beth’s Solo” (Alegre-Femenias, choreography) (5’)
“Truth and Beauty” (Burns, videography and photography) (5’)

Bella Ladrona for two guitars (6’)
• University of Iowa, December 2 (Gainey; Fischer)

2006
Americana for brass choir and percussion (7’)
• Indiana University (Midwest Composers Symposium), February 16, 2007 (Cord, conductor)
• Burlington, Massachusetts, May 19, 2007 (Bay Colony Brass; Cadden, conductor)

Music from David’s Redhaired Death (10’)
• University of Iowa, September 28-30, October 1 (Goddard, piano)

2005
In Memoriam for symphony orchestra (rev. 2008) (6’)
• University of Iowa (Midwest Composers Symposium), February 8, 2008 (Pearce, conductor)
• Longy School of Music, February 25, 2012 (BNMI; Lofton, conductor)

Angele Dei for SATB choir (6’)
• Indiana University (Midwest Composers Symposium), February 16, 2007
• University of Massachusetts, May 2006 (Davis, conductor)

Three Movements for piano trio (9’)
• University of Massachusetts, May 12, 2005 (Kim; Cook; Lockwood)
• University of Iowa, November 12, 2006 (Dupree; Dial; Bungert)

2004
Conversation for woodwind quintet (5’)
• Nashua, New Hampshire, November 2005 (Movadi Wind Quintet)
• University of Massachusetts, December 10, 2005 (UMass Graduate Woodwind Quintet)

2001
Dating Games: a musical (ca. 120’)
• Boston College, November 8-10, 2001 (Vassallo, director; Davis, music director)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.
President and Founder, 2009-present

Society of Composers, Inc.
Member, 2006-present
Vice President, University of Iowa chapter, 2008-2009

American Composers Forum
Member, 2002-2005; 2008-present

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Member, 2008-present

SKILLS

  • Experience in arts administration as CEO of international music organization. Significant experience in grant writing/proposal applications for nonprofits with The Boston New Music Initiative and employee of Education Development Center (2011-present).
  • Active composer with frequent performances. Several collaborations involving dance and theater productions.
  • Fluent in ProTools, Sibelius, Finale, Peak, MIDI, Digital Performer, Cool Edit, and Audacity. Additional experience with Max/Msp and GarageBand.
  • Significant corporate experience and work within nonprofits (5+ years).

REFERENCES
Available upon request.

 

Recent Posts

11 June 2017

Thank you for visiting my website.

I am currently on hiatus from actively posting to this site while I spend quality time with my family, including my two young children.  My progress on new projects is considerably slower than in previous years, although I continue to actively pursue a number of new ideas, compositions, and collaborations in a variety of disciplines.  If you are interested in working with me, please do reach out at the email address listed on my contact page.  I would love to hear from you.

In addition, I remain actively involved in my role as president of The Boston New Music Initiative, and can be reached through the contact information provided on BNMI’s website.

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