Eavesdroppers

It has been over a year since I’ve blogged on here. I’ve never been much of a blogger, but I’m going to try to post more often as things happen. I’m powering through my dissertation – my first draft is nearly completed, finally. I also still have to hold my doctoral recital and compose a significant work for my dissertation, so the end is nearing but there is still a way to go. I am definitely trying to graduate this year.

This update is a few months late, but I had a fantastic performance of my string quartet in April. Eavesdroppers was composed for the Boston String Quartet and performed at University of Florida on April 18, where they gave a wild and hilarious performance. I was really unsure of how this work would be received, and it definitely needs a charismatic ensemble. But, BSQ nailed it and completely outdid themselves. I hope that you enjoy this performance as much as I enjoyed working with these performers.

ABD!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. I’ve been crazy busy since October between teaching classes and lessons at Santa Fe, being a graduate assistant and taking my last year of courses at UF, being the program coordinator for the SCI 2015 National Conference, presenting Bought and Sold at SEAMUS 2016, and taking my doctoral qualifying exams. As of today, I am happy to announce that I’m finally ABD!

Man by the River

I’m going to visit my family and girlfriend for a week, then it’s back to Gainesville again in May. I’m teaching Music Appreciation during the first summer semester at Santa Fe, which means I’ll be less poor this summer! I am trying to graduate by May of next year, so I have to research and write my dissertation over the summer and fall semesters. A grad student can be optimistic, can’t they? I have also begun composing a new work for chamber ensemble and narrator; a tribute to the late, great Billy Mays! Stay tuned!

Bought and Sold and other updates

The biggest news since my last update on this site is that I have been employed by Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. I am an adjunct professor and am teaching applied percussion lessons and music appreciation. So far, it has kept me incredibly busy, especially while finishing my last year of course work for my PhD. But it is a very rewarding experience. I especially enjoy teaching the appreciation class because it gives me an outlet to interact with students that have not spend their whole lives studying music. I enjoy the opportunity to challenge their musical limits and give them a glimpse into contemporary classical music, among other things.

I also recently finished a short piece that I have been working on for a long time, called Bought and Sold. I started composing this work last January, and my progress on it was interrupted by two approaching deadlines. I have finally been able to come back to the work and finish it. I wrote it as an exploration of how context affects the reception of a work of music, especially a work that already contains baggage and significance. This piece is really pointing towards my dissertation topic, which is exploring the accumulation of meaning in works of music. Bought and Sold was premiered at University of Florida’s biannual UnBalanced Connection #56, on October 16. Go ahead and check it out here. Apologies in advance to any lovers of Steve Reich’s work. not really.

 

Welcome!

I’m still in the process of updating my website, but if you are finding it now, then welcome! I am a composer and percussionist and I will be using this site as a personal blog and website/portfolio for my work. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to chat.