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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 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'm spending a part of the week in Newark, Delaware at FlipCamp Music Theory 2014, an un-conference focused on topics in music theory pedagogy. It has been immensely helpful to hear about how my colleagues around the country have been grappling with different issues...

I'm putting together proposals for oral history projects, and wanted to find a way for interested individuals to record and upload their own oral histories. At the moment, I'm continuing fieldwork for The Emigrants, a project for New Haven-based New Morse Code, that will...

Just looking though my sketches this New Years morning, and getting excited about the projects on the table for 2014: to finally complete the new Dolly Parton fans opera, and also get going on the fieldwork for the new piece for New Morse Code. Here's a...

It's been about one month and change since I began teaching at York College as a new assistant professor (of music). To-date, on (a very unscientific) average, whenever I tell friends and acquaintances where I currently work, just about 8 out of 10 people...