Work

Compositions

  • Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (Preview)
    • When Bryn Mawr College put up Anne Washburn’s exploration of post-apocalyptic cultural memory in the spring of 2018, I composed original music for the third act, largely with a cappella accompaniment, but also utilizing a melodica, ukelele, and a prepared piano.
  • Three Psalms (Preview)
    • My senior thesis project from Haverford College, which considered the liturgical and poetic function of psalms 12, 66, and 120. The piece is written in four movements for SATB choir and SSATB quintet and debuted under my direction in April 2017.
  • Songs of War (Preview)
    • Inspired by a poem that Eleanor Roosevelt kept with her during World War II, this two-movement work for SATB choir features poems written by women during two different major American wars. They speak to a similar feeling of survivor’s guilt mixed with gratitude that pervaded the country after both World War II and the Civil War.
  • Ich, Der Überlebende and Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep (Preview)
    • Another pair of wartime songs, both of which from the era of World War II and the Holocaust, this time meditating on two contrasting views of survivorship. The first, a Brecht poem, represents an intense feeling of self-hatred, whereas the second is a secular sort of way of dealing with the death of a loved one.

Arrangements

I’ve also arranged music for a cappella and other ensembles, such as…

TTBB: Earth and All Stars (hymn); Edelweiss (Rogers/Hammerstein); How Great Thou Art (hymn); I Could Write a Book (Rogers/Hart); Johnny Appleseed; Lean On Me (Bill Withers); Love Me Now (John Legend); My Lord, What a Morning (Spiritual); Night Changes (One Direction); Rich Girl (Hall and Oates); September (Earth, Wind and Fire); Sing Sing Sing (Benny Goodman); Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford, in the style of the Yale Spizzwinks?); Somebody to Love (Queen); Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers); Under the Boardwalk (Drifters); Uptown Girl (Billy Joel); You Will Be Found (Pasek/Paul); You’ll Be Back (Lin-Manuel Miranda)

TTBBB: Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison); Don’t Wake Me Up (Lianne La Havas); Sing (Ed Sheeran); The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (The Script)

Other: Ave Maria (Franz Biebl, SAATB); Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts, TTBB+piano); Drag Me Down/I Knew You Were Trouble (One Direction/Taylor Swift, double choir); Inside Out (Piano Four Hands); Teenage Dream (Katy Perry, mixed choir)

These arrangements are mostly the property of other groups, but I’m always happy to take on commissions! Contact Me to discuss the needs of your ensemble.

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