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!

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: 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

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: 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

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 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