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[metaslider id=535] I teach music theory at York College CUNY (The City University of New York), one of the eleven senior colleges (colleges that grant 4-year Bachelor degrees) in the system. The campus is essentially one giant building that houses most of the college's departments,...

I'm excited to share two videos from the recent Rhymes With Opera presentation of Heartbreak Express in Concert, this opera that I've been writing with my friend John Clum as librettist. Heartbreak Express is a chamber opera in two acts. The opera follows four Dolly...

I've been commissioned by Synergy Percussion in Australia to write a 40-second miniature, as part of a 40-composer project to celebrate Synergy's 40th year. I've never written something so short, and for an Australian group! I'll likely go further with my board game idea that...

On November 14 and 15, Rhymes With Opera presented excerpts from Heartbreak Express, an opera that I've been working with John Clum on since 2007. Heartbreak Express tells the story of four Dolly Parton superfans waiting to meet their idol for the first time. I'll...

I was asked to write an essay on my colleague Daniel Fox's new work The Fran├žois Vase, for string quartet and film. It's quite a coincidence that the work is also based on the Theseus myth, which I also based my percussion duo on. Go...

Last night's premiere of Ross McElwee's "Sherman's March" was a great success! The Black House Collective did a bang-up job of putting together the entire show, and having Ross McElwee there to film the rehearsal process and performance was awesome and surreal. Here are a...

I was going to my local USPS today in Jamaica, Queens, and I was so excited to see the limited edition Harvey Milk stamp on sale. The nice postal worker (they're always really nice there in the Jamaica office) asked me if it's okay to fold...

I was commissioned by Black House Collective (Kansas City, MO) to write a short chamber opera for their 2014 New Operas Project. This is a unique one: the operas (five of them from five different composers) will be presented on-book, concert-style, but will accompany...

I have been getting the new piece, Theseus and the Minotaur, ready for its premiere in Taipei at the end of June. This is the first time that I have attempted to create a game (a board game!) as a piece, and I'm really...