My work as a composer focuses mostly on opera and art song. I'm inextricably drawn the dramatic, musical, and expressive possibilities of combining music and text through the medium of the human voice.
Below is my current catalog of compositions available for performance. Click on the links in the menu to explore each category further. Performance materials are available for all items on this list, please contact me if something piques your curiosity.
As the single scene of this opera opens, Claire is waiting alone in a cafe reminiscing about a brief and passionate affair with Michael.
|Antinous and Hadrian||
A libretto for an opera in collaboration with Clint Borzoni
The happily coupled Charley and Hugo are saying their good-byes to the last of their departing guests—except for one, Claire.
The Painter is a one-act opera that takes place in a single night.
|Context of Love Lives||
Context of Love Lives is a chamber opera explores the personal struggles of Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Bishop—powerful voices in a society that tortured and berated them for their sexualiti
|Flash of Recognition||
Currently in progress, Flash of Recognition is the second installment in a trilogy of chamber operas dealing with the sometimes precarious and unsettling places gay and lesbian individuals
From 2004-2007, I created a number of short electronic works that were my response to living in an environment so unlike that which I grew up in (i.e. moving from Colorado to New York City).
|Becomes This Art||
A cycle of four songs, each a setting of a poem, or fragment of, by Rumi as translated by Coleman Barks.
A set of three songs excerpted from Context of Love Lives, texts by Elizabeth Bishop and Oscar Wilde.
Fragments of Sappho's surviving poetry arranged into a sequence that suggests both the course of a single day and the course of an entire lifetime; soprano and piano
Three song set for baritone and piano based on original texts. Premiered by bass-baritone Derrick Ballard.
|Three Shakespeare Songs||
Song cycle for soprano and piano on three texts by Shakespeare: Sonnet 29, Ophelia's mad scene in Hamlet and Propsero's farewell from The Tempest.
Song cycle for baritone and piano, original texts.
A setting of the poem by H.D. (aka Hilda Doolittle) for baritone and piano
|Flow On, River||
Unaccompanied vocal quartet (SATB); text: Walt Whitman, from "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry", commissioned by the Walt Whitman Project
|O Living Flame of Love||
bass-baritone and piano; text: St. John of the Cross
|O You Whom I Often and Silently Come||
A setting of "O You Whom I Often and Silently Come" from the Calamus section of Whitman's Leaves of Grass for baritone and piano.
vocal quartet (S, CT, T, B) and piano; text from the Song of Songs
|Stanzas for Music||
A setting of Byron's poem "Stanzas for Music" for baritone and piano
|The Little Black Boy||
mezzo-soprano and piano; text: William Blake
A setting of Whitman's "Trickle Drops" from the Calamus section of Leaves of Grass for tenor and piano. There is also an alternate version for tenor and cello.
cello and piano
Oboe, harp, string quartet
|String Quartet No. 1: Right and Left|
|String Quartet No. 2|
|String Quartet No. 3: Chased|