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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 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...

I'm really excited to be heading to Taipei for the premiere of Theseus and the Minotaur, presented by the Asian Young Musicians Connection. This will be the first outing for my new boardgame piece, and my colleague David Jones is designing and building the...

I have been commissioned by the Asian Young Musicians Connection out in Taipei, Taiwan to write a new piece for two percussionists. The composer mentor for this year's AYMC is Richard Tsang (Hong Kong), and he has written extensively about the idea of creative...

Just finished another aria from Heartbreak Express. This one is for the countertenor of the ensemble, who will play Ms Parton's assistant. The aria will be part of Rhymes With Opera's concert at York College CUNY on April 29. Check it out...

Rhymes With Opera will be represented by Elisabeth Halliday at the next Otherwise Unsung: New Opera Takeover event, curated by Rachel Peters. The show will take place at the Cornelia Street Cafe on Monday 3/24. Elisabeth will be singing "Ease This Burden" from...

I just conducted the premiere of "Ease This Burden", an aria from my opera project Heartbreak Express, with a libretto by John Clum, as part of the New Music Bake Sale at Rouleete (Brooklyn, NY) on March 16, 2014. This was the first showing...

I'm writing a string quartet, by itself, for the first time. This is a commission from the Romer Quartet in Hong Kong, a new group that my friend Ringo Chan is a part of. I know Ringo from various music friends in HKG,...