Happy New Year! Here's what's new!
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Happy New Year! It’s been a long time since I sent out a newsletter, and with so much bubbling in this new year, I thought this was a very good time to break the dry spell. So here goes! While we miss our West Coast friends, the move to DC has been exciting and fulfilling. Here are some recent highlights:
What’s new?  Music! Teaching! Pre-Concerting!
  • A new string orchestra work is in the works for 2015-16, commissioned by partners from each region we’ve called home: San Jose Chamber Orchestra/Barbara Day Turner, the new Capitol-based Takoma Ensemble/Victoria Gau, and the conductorless SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City founded by Monica Bauchwitz. World Premiere: October 11, 2015 in San Jose.
  • “The First Step Of the Journey” was commissioned and premiered on October 23, 2014 by conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez and the students of his Georgetown University Orchestra – all in conjunction with artist Benoy Behl’s exhibition at the Spagnuolo Gallery in DC.
  • Wine Ring is a new startup that every wine lover should know about. I composed their corporate ID and score for some social media videos at the request of co-founder/friend Pam Dillon.
  • The complete version of Triptych, my solo cello piece commissioned by the 2013 Klein International String Competition received its world premiere by phenomenal Peabody Conservatory cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan (a student of Amit Peled‘s) at the Phillips Collection on May 4, 2014 to a sold-out house in the historic music room (see photo above).
  • A cool surprise: American University students, under the direction of sax player Noah Getz, workshopped my art song-bossa nova style Heart! We Will Forget Him! from my Emily Songs.

More announcements to come as next year promises to be even busier, so I promise to do better at keeping in touch!


I’m excited to return to Georgetown University next year, as Visiting Associate Professor. It’s great to have such terrific colleagues and high-powered students! I’m teaching theory, composition, and songwriting. Hoya Saxa!
  • My pre-concert talks for the Series B Baltimore Symphony/Levine Music continue this season at Strathmore Music Center!
  • Past tense: Last season I moderated a panel for the Washington Chorus on "the Enduring Impact of Giuseppe Verdi" -- hosted by Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero at his residence, and featuring author/Washington Post Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette and musicologist/Kennedy Center lecturer Saul Lilienstein. In April 2014 I joined local composers Steve Antosca and Armando Bayolo, Washington Post critic Stephen Brookes, and moderator Ken Hopper on a panel at the Atlas Performing Arts Center discussing Careers in Composition.
Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky, and composer/conductor Armando Bayolo were my interview subjects for two articles that the Chorale Arts Society asked me to write in conjunction with upcoming performances. A real pleasure.  Click onto their names above to read them.
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