Online Premiere this Sunday!

As part of the American Composers Orchestra’s Connecting ACO Community initiative, I was commissioned by Derek Bermel to write a work for solo clarinet. This three-movement work, Two Thoughts and a Fixation, will be premiered this Sunday, May 10th, at 5 p.m. EDT.  Click here to learn more about Connecting ACO Community and purchase a ticket to view the presentation and Q&A session … More Online Premiere this Sunday!

What a year!

2019 was quite an amazing year! I’ve set a personal record for the amount of work that I produced, which means a lot to me since balancing composing along with other work continues to be a challenge over the years. But I am embracing the journey and cherishing progress, not perfection! I completed six pieces … More What a year!

Call for Scores for Emerging Composers

Deadline: All submissions are to be received by September 22, 2015. Instrumentation: Unaccompanied viola. May include electronics. Eligibility: Composers 40 years of age and older who consider themselves to be emerging in their careers. Examples of emerging composers may include, but are not limited to: composers who have changed careers, those who have had a … More Call for Scores for Emerging Composers

Thanks guys!!!

Happy Monday everyone! I would like to give a big “Thank you!” to all of those who voted in PAH FEST yesterday, and all of those who have given me their support in general. As a result of your support, Fernando Cerda have won the Tone Poem category for our film “Scruffing Feathers” along with … More Thanks guys!!!

Cast Your Vote Today in PAH FEST: Alma Mater 2013!

Over this past week, the University of Redlands Composition Studio has collaborated with students from the San Francisco Art Institute in order to create films for Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), a film festival. Christopher Coppola, a University of Redlands alum, visited us on the Saturday the 21st to introduce us to his students via Skype … More Cast Your Vote Today in PAH FEST: Alma Mater 2013!

Late Nights at the Mic

Last night, our Composition Studio finished its second night of recording two-minute compositions to be used in the Tone Poem contest for a film festival called Project Accessible Hollywood. In this contest, composers write a short piece based on the theme “Scratching the Surface.” Then, filmmakers create a video based upon their interpretation of the … More Late Nights at the Mic

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 7, 2013

Jhula Jhule, by Reena Esmail, for violin and piano The Blue Room, by Reena Esmail, for violin and orchestra Piano Quintet, by Reena Esmail Sinfonietta, by Daniel Eichenbaum, for string quartet and wind ensemble Myself and the resistance of wine, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, for solo harp Hijab Initiation No. 2, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 7, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 24, 2013

I had been on a bimonthly schedule for Cool Stuff, but this time around I couldn’t help but share earlier. Enjoy! Phantoms, by Natalie Moller, for saxophone quartet Bulgarity, by Annika K. Socolofsky, for saxophone quartet Sax Machine, by Joseph Prestamo, for saxophone quartet Howler Back, by Zack Browning, for saxophone quartet Speed Metal Organum … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 24, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013

Many of these are from various friends’ recitals this past semester, including those of some fellow composers at Redlands. Although they are not what I’ve listened to most recently, I would like to keep track of these for journaling purposes: Turning Points, by Joan Tower, for clarinet and string quartet Head Talk, by Mark Ford, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 13, 2013

Most of these are form Q2 of course: Ballade, by Oskar Morawetz, for piano For Heart, Breath and Orchestra, by Richard Reed Parry, for orchestra Different…Rains, by Pavel Karmanov, for flute and piano L’auberge de Loupiac, by Florent Ghys, for voice Still With Me, by Alexander Balanescu, for string quartet Musica Optica, by Gyorgy Geszler, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 13, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012

Our  Composition Studio had a listening exam on Friday. I always enjoy studying for them as a way to find new literature. Here is the playlist below: Scherzo Ricercato, by Lukas Foss, for solo piano Toccata for Violin and Player Piano, by Conlon Nancarrow On the Edge of the Infinite, by Christopher Theofanidis, for violin … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012

I’ve been looking for a contemporary piece to put on my junior recital, hence the bundle of viola pieces here. Any suggestions??? I’d prefer a piece about 7-10 minutes long, more or less. Simply Purple, by Joan Tower, for solo viola Purple Rhapsody, by Joan Tower, for viola and orchestra String Quartet, by Derek Bermel, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012

Meet the Studio: Emily Praetorius

“Meet the Studio” is a bi-weekly mini-series that will feature a composer from the University of Redlands Composition Studio on Thursdays. The spotlight on the Studio will include students, visitors, and alumni in the Composition Studio from my freshman year onwards. Emily Praetorius is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands Composition Studio. Now … More Meet the Studio: Emily Praetorius

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

I Was There, by Kayhan Kalhor, for cello, oud, and percussion Kamu-purrui, by Lamberto Coccioli, for alto flute. Alúna, by Lamberto Coccioli, for viola, ensemble, and live electronics Double Bass Sonata, Op.108, by Mieczysław Weinberg, for solo double bass first things first, an album by Nadia Sirota, violist. Featuring composers Nico Muhly, Marcos Balter and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: My Flute Playlist

Here are some of the pieces that I’ve revisited or discovered so far in one way or another during my brainstorming. Several of them were already on my iPod. Syrinx, by Claude Debussy Density 21.5, by Edgar Varèse Zoom Tube, by Ian Clarke Sweet Pea, by Project Vox Balaenae, by George Crumb Federico’s Little Songs … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: My Flute Playlist

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Savage Altars, by Ingram Marshall, for SATB choir, violin, viola, tape Femina: Part I, by John Zorn, for violin, cello, harp, piano, percussion, and electronics 8 June 1810…to the Birthday of R. Sch., by Valentin Silvestrov, for two celli Federico’s Little Songs for Children,by George Crumb, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute, and harp Madrigals, Book I, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Summer Reading: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, Part 1

  Yesterday I began Ross  W. Duffin’s book How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care). It is one of the several books on my summer reading list, but the first to be read out of the music-related books so far. It seems that just starting this book has begun to get some … More Summer Reading: How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, Part 1

I’m one today!!!

…on the web at least. Today has marked one year since I have officially made my debut on the web. Keeping a blog has proved to be a valuable journal and accountability tool that has challenged me to take more initiative over my learning as a budding artist. I am proud of myself for devoting … More I’m one today!!!

Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Tom Basson’s post last week based on the Harvard Business Review’s article, “Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love” hit home for me as an aspiring professional musician and composer. When I initially enrolled in college, my dream was to become a film/t.v. composer out of the rationale that I could do what … More Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 27, 2012

Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings, by Witold Lutosławski MotorCity Triptych, by Michael Daugherty, for orchestra Raise the Roof, by Michael Daugherty, for orchestra Lux aeterna, by George Crumb, for soprano, bass flute, soprano recorder, sitar, and percussion Out of the Window, by Emily Praetorius, for string quartet Distances at Dawn, by Emily Praetorius, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 27, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 12, 2012

Oops! Accidentally skipped a week. Here you go! Betwixt and Between, Kim Scharnberg, for trombone, string quartet, and marimba. 5 Pieces for Trombone and Piano, Op. 198, by Ernst Krenek Clarinet Concerto (Peacock Tales), by Anders Hillborg, for clarinet and orchestra. One of my friends has a sticker on her cello case that says, “Hug … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 12, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: April 8, 2012

Happy Easter everyone! Here are my picks for this week, simply a few great selections from my theory class that I haven’t yet mentioned: Salome Dances for Peace, I. Anthem of the Great Spirit, “Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight”, by Terry Riley, for string quartet Still Angry, by Andrew May, for flute, clarinet, and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: April 8, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: March 25, 2012

The Desert Music, by Steve Reich, for amplified chorus and orchestra She Shooed the Tempting Shadow, by Anna E. Garman, for string quartet Await, by Anna E. Garman, for orchestra Dandelion, by Anna E. Garman, for solo trombone Fratres, by Arvo Pärt, for string quartet Violin Sonata No. 3, “Sonata Stramba,” by William Bolcom, for … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: March 25, 2012

I may have been in the slow lane lately, but I’m still on the freeway!

William Bolcom and Joan Morris signed my cast!!! It was discarded about a week later in surgery though. 😦 I’m sure that by now, you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted in almost a month in spite of promising a few special features (a new miniseries, the Loewe Symposium with William Bolcom and Joan Morris), so … More I may have been in the slow lane lately, but I’m still on the freeway!

Ear Candy: Music I’d Like to Hear on the Radio, Part I

Today I’m starting my second miniseries in order to share my findings in indie music, particularly music that I find relatively daring in it’s orchestration compared to mainstream pop music.  I’d like to release a new post every two weeks. Shara Worden, also known as My Brightest Diamond, is the reason why I decided to … More Ear Candy: Music I’d Like to Hear on the Radio, Part I

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: February 26, 2012

Fourth Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting,” by Charles Ives Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra (formerly titled Concerto for Clarinet), by Emily Praetorius, for clarinet and orchestra. Emily, a fellow composer in our studio, wrote this piece and performed it in our university’s annual concerto competition. String quartet, by Emily … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: February 26, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 28, 2012

Every Lover is a Warrior, by Kati Agocs, for harp Suite for Cello and Harp, by Lou Harrison, for cello and harp Night Time, by Sebastian Currier, for harp and violin The Mask, by William Bolcom, for SATB choir and piano. William Bolcom will be coming to the University of Redlands March 5th-1oth for the Frederick … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 28, 2012

Starting fresh…even when it isn’t that stale.

There are times when I begin writing a piece with intentions of grandiose innovative ideas only to discover the next day that it was completely absurd and nonsensical. Dissociating myself with such trash is, at that moment, an emotional, awakening experience (how dare I admit to composing garbage!), but in the end, never regretted. I … More Starting fresh…even when it isn’t that stale.

Starting fresh…even when it isn’t that stale.

There are times when I begin writing a piece with intentions of grandiose innovative ideas only to discover the next day that it was completely absurd and nonsensical. Dissociating myself with such trash is, at that moment, an emotional, awakening experience (how dare I admit to composing garbage!), but in the end, never regretted. I … More Starting fresh…even when it isn’t that stale.

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 14, 2012

Fingerbib, by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin)/arr. Jonathan Newman for Alarm Will Sound The Chairman Dances, by John Adams, for orchestra Mountain Top, by Jacob Ter Veldhuis (JacobTV), for choir, soundtrack, and percussion Afternoon in March, by Gene Koshinski, for marimba solo (Gene is also the winner of ASCAP’s Rudolph Nissim prize–in fact, that’s how … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 14, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011

Lately I’ve been exploring the albums Draumalandið by Valgeir Sigurðsson as well as Awake by the NOW Ensemble in addition to my usual listening on Q2: Past Tundra, by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, for solo viola and mixed chamber ensemble including electronics “I offer prosperity and eternal life…”, by Valgeir Sigurðsson, for mixed chamber … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011

“It’s like pushing big American cars!”

This much-belated post is about the masterclass and composition readings with the Hugo Wolf Quartet on October 19th. For related posts see “Just two more days” and “One more day…PSYCHE!“ The day of the masterclass was much like the coaching session the day before. We continued to work on the first movement of Mozart’s String … More “It’s like pushing big American cars!”

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

This week’s edition features selections from a few recent concerts and recitals at U of R: Et la bête, by Natalie Moller, for solo violin Verisimilitude, by Natalie Moller, for 2 sopranos, flute, clarinet, flugelhorn, horn, violin, contrabass Clytemnestra and Agamemnon Take a Dirigible to the Adirondacks, by Blake Van Vliet, for percussion ensemble Samba … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 29, 2011

This week’s selection features pieces from the U of R New Music Ensemble concert (total awesomeness!) as well as the repertoire from the Composition Studio’s upcoming listening exam: Ghost Opera, by Tan Dun, for string quartet Duo pour violon et violoncelle, Op. 7, by Zoltan Kodály Piano Trio, by Jennifer Higdon, for violin, cello, and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 29, 2011

Never A Dull Moment

On the first day of class in the composition studio, Dr. Suter prompted us to discuss what our goals were as composers this year. Conveniently enough, I had been thinking about such goals about a week or so prior. One of my goals is to get at least one performance of my music outside of … More Never A Dull Moment

Just two more days…

…until the masterclass and readings! It’s such a relief to have my composition ready for Wednesday. I finished writing and doing major editing to the quartet piece yesterday, and I made a few minor fixes today after meeting with Dr. Suter. Just thinking of the warm paper sliding out of the mouth of the printer … More Just two more days…

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 17, 2011

Yesterday I attended a flute recital at U of R given by Paul Edmund-Davies. He gave quite a charismatic performance; the entire program was a treat! Here are the pieces from the program: The first three numbers were flute and piano sonatas written by Giuseppi Rabboni (the piano part was composed by Roger Vignoles). Sonata … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 17, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 24, 2011

I love comedy, and I love music. I especially love when they’re put together! These first selections are quite humorous works that I came across when trying to gather inspiration for writing a viola solo, which I plan to perform later this school year (more on that later). I found them in the suggestions column … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 24, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 17, 2011

This week in Recital Repertory, there was quite an entertaining selection of music; I was impressed. (Recital Repertory is a once-weekly class that music majors take at U of R in which we watch each other perform what we have been working on. We also have to attend recitals/concerts and turn in signed concert programs.) … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 17, 2011

Dynamic Duos, Part III…Well, I cheated–this one’s a trio. :)

PROJECT Trio is composed of three composer-performers: Greg Pattillo, the flautist, Eric Stephenson, the cellist, and Peter Seymour, the bassist. They are known for integrating many styles into their music such as hip-hop and jazz, and they often use their artistic versatility as a way to reach out to the youth and teach them about … More Dynamic Duos, Part III…Well, I cheated–this one’s a trio. 🙂

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 11, 2011

Oops! This edition is a little bit late and coming, my apologies. To begin with, this week in the composition studio, we looked at and listened to Zaka by Jennifer Higdon, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. I’d also like to listen to more of her works when I get the chance. There … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 11, 2011

Updates: Practice, Studies, and Composition–September 7, 2011

I’ve finally got a hold of the scores Lollapalooza by John Adams as well as A Boy and a Girl by Eric Whitacre–yay. I’m looking forward to studying those as soon as I find the time to do so. In the Composition Studio, we’ll also be studying Vox Balaenae by George Crumb, so with those … More Updates: Practice, Studies, and Composition–September 7, 2011

Strategic Practicing: The Pomodoro Technique

After reading a post from The Crossfit Musician, I decided to try the Pomodoro Technique in attempts to make practicing more efficient. The Pomodoro Technique is a form of time management using intervals consisting of 25 minutes worth of work and 5 minutes of rest. Yesterday I used this technique to section my practicing into … More Strategic Practicing: The Pomodoro Technique