Rhapsody in Purple 
for orchestra (3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp., 3 perc., piano, harp, strings) with piano solo.brass quintet + piano version
also available.

Commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Eclctica.

Duration—20”

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A re-imagination of George Gerwhin's "Rhapsody in Blue," this version is more virtuosic and stylistically diverse. It can be performed with simple choreography to further engage and thrill the audience.

Toy Fantasy
(double harp concerto)
for 2 harps with chamber orchestra
(2-2-2-2, 2-2-0-0, 2 perc., strings).

Commissioned by harpists Jung Kwak and Kathleen Bride. 

Premiered by the Korean Chamber Ensemble.

Duration—25”

MOVEMENTS 1-2

MOVEMENT 3

MOVEMENT 4

An exciting and accessible double harp concerto, with a program about toys that come to life.

COMPOSITIONS

for LARGE ENSEMBLE

Approaching Chiang Mai
for jazz trumpet with orchestra

Commissioned and premiered by

the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

for jazz trumpet with wind ensemble
(alt arrangement)

Duration—12”

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Approaching Chiang Mai attempts to capture the emotions I felt when a spectacular Buddhist temple called Wat Doi Suthep in Northern Thailand: Overwhelming anticipation, childish curiosity, humbling fear, victorious power, and enlightened liberation. 

 

This piece is a concerto of sorts, scored for jazz trumpet and orchestra.  Musically, it defies categorization, combining improvisation and other jazz elements with the kinds of multi-layered counterpoint, harmony, and rhythm more common to classical works.  In this way, it provides an unexpected and exciting journey into new territory, paralleling my experiences in Chiang Mai.

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Under the Big Top 
for orchestra (3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp., 3 perc., piano,
harp, strings) with piano solo.

Commissioned and premiered by

the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra.

Duration—21”

This is the circus as it takes place in MY mind—anything is possible.  As attention is shifted quickly between the 20 rings of this “Greatest Show on Earth,” the event’s star Mr. Weebles (a pianist) performs virtuosic and strange music, accompanied by three percussionists banging on trashcans and street signs.

Concerto for Studio Orchestra
for studio orchestra (3-3-3-3-5 sax, 4-3-3-1, timp.,
2 perc., drums, jazz bass, piano, harp, strings)

Commissioned and premiered by

the Eastman Studio Orchestra.

Duration—12”

Three requests accompanied this commission: 1) highlight the jazz, classical, and film scoring aspects of the ensemble; 2) include elements of improvisation; 3) provide opportunities for each instrument to shine.   This tour de force also pays homage to Igor Stravinsky by reworking some of his music.

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Jazz Trumpet Arrangements
for jazz trumpet, string orch, and rhythm section

Commissioned by Sean Jones. 

Collection of arrangements of jazz standards, including:

  • Embraceable Your

  • Laura

  • Our Love is Here to Stay

  • Polkadots and Moonbeams

Tackling Lombard
for orchestra (3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp., 3 perc., piano, harp, strings).

Commissioned and premiered by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Duration—15”

A powerful orchestral poem, based on the myth of Sisyphus.  Sisyphus is condemned to eternally rolling an enormous boulder up a giant hill only to have it fall down and start all over again.  However, in this version the mount is San Francisco’s infamous Lombard Street, the crookedest road in the world.

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