Donald Sinta Quartet

It’s been an honor and a pleasure to collaborate with the Donald Sinta Quartet over the past four years! I can’t thank them enough for all of their support, as well as their passion and enthusiasm for my music.

Their album ‘Ex Machina’ released this past weekend and features my piece Volcanic Ash (the album released exactly three years after I first completed the piece!). When I was writing the piece in 2017 I had no idea that it would take me where it has – with performances at concerts and festivals around the world, including this performance at the 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

I’m humbled and grateful for the piece’s success and feel indebted to the Donald Sinta Quartet for their advocacy and for inspiring me to write the piece in the first place. Be sure to check out their extraordinary recording of the piece on ‘Ex Machina’!

DSQ Midwest

Premieres – February 29-March 1

I’m super excited to be heading to Central Michigan University School of Music this weekend for two premiere performances of my pieces!

On Saturday, the Central Michigan University Trumpet Studio Septet will be premiering Thermal Whiplash as part of the School of Music’s annual Da Capo Concert. It’s an absolute honor to have a piece included on this showcase concert and I can’t wait to hear how the septet’s doing on the music before their performance next month at the National Trumpet Competition.

On Sunday, the Chamber Singers will be performing Hiraeth on their two concerts (3pm and 7pm). This was not only the first piece I wrote during my master’s at CMU, but also my first time writing for choir in general. I’m thrilled to hear this work come to life by such a talented ensemble!

Trumpet Septet - 2020Chamber Singers Fall 2019

Concerto for Baritone Saxophone

I’m very excited to share the premiere performance of my Concerto for Baritone Saxophone, performed by Taylor Huitema and Zhao Wang! A sincere thank you to Taylor and the 31 consortium members who commissioned this piece. It was such a pleasure to write so extensively for one of my favorite instruments. The piece is now available for purchase through Murphy Music Press!

Program Notes:

Concerto for Baritone Saxophone is a three movement neoclassical work written in 2018. The three movements utilize traditional classical forms: the sonata, rounded binary, and rondo forms, respectively, and feature harmonies and melodic phrases similarly indicative of the classical era. The piece shows off the versatility and different personalities of the baritone saxophone, from mellow and pure lyricism to powerful and commanding aggression. The piece also explores the baritone saxophone’s different registers, employing a range from the lowest note on the instrument to the upper echelon of the altissimo register.

Though the piece is divided into three movements, several motives, themes, and harmonic progressions reappear throughout. The piece contains two five-note motifs that are introduced in succession as the baritone saxophone’s first statement of the opening cadenza. The first motif is an ascending arpeggio and the second motif is a step-wise mordent centering around one note. These motifs are used both melodically and accompanimentally and are applied to the various contexts of the different movements. The piece also features a principal harmonic progression, from the tonic (I or i) triad to the submediant (vi or VI) triad. This progression is similarly manipulated to fit different musical contexts and is used to create non-diatonic harmonies, bitonal polychords, and even dictate tonal centers of larger sections of the piece as a whole.