- Stein Songs (2019)
for soprano, bass clarinet, violin, and percussion
I. [The house was just twinkling in the moon light]
II. If I Told Him, a Completed Portrait of Picasso
- We Are the Movers and Shakers (2015)
for SATB Choir and wind ensemble or piano
Commissioned by Missouri Western State University
duration: ca. 6'
- Tender Buttons (2012)
for soprano and violin
duration: ca. 17'
- Basho Haiku (2010)
for soprano, percussion, and string quartet
a little cuckoo,
through a vast bamboo forest,
the moonlight slanting
Basho's haiku are incredibly simple and concise, yet they still manage to convey content and imagery that are extremely thought-provoking. My composition is in three large sections, each concentrating on one line of the poem. The percussion scoring mimics the imagery of the poem, presenting the bamboo forest through the use of bamboo chimes and xylophone, and utilizing the crotales, pitched gongs, and suspended cymbals to create an ethereal setting for "moonlight slanting."
This piece was written for a project called Positive Space, created by percussionists Sam Livingston and Peter Dodds. It was premiered at the University of Michigan on March 21, 2010, and then performed three times at the University of Michigan Museum of Art on March 27, 2010, during the Positive Space concert. Pardon the ambient noise in the video below.
- Invocation (2004)
for mixed a capella choir
- I collaborated with one of my friends that I met in my dorm freshman year and set one of her poems to music as a birthday present. In it, I explore the sonorities of diatonic clusters, a unique and extremely pleasing effect when produced by a chorus of voices.
Listen to a reading by the USC Concert Choir: