Tempestuous Tremors (2017)
Instrumentation: Tuba, Trombone, Timpani
This piece was written as a challenge for me to explore the use of multiple low instruments together, and was premiered at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in Spring 2017.
The Four Temperaments (2016)
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano
This piece was premiered at Central United Methodist at the UMKC Conservatory Freshmen Composition Concert on May 6th, 2016.
In classical antiquity, the four temperaments represented various personality types, or “temperaments.” Melancholy is the introverted philosopher, sanguine is the gregarious, outgoing person, phlegmatic is the diplomatic, peaceful person, and choleric is dominant and assertive.
I. Melancholy (ca. 7:00”), II. Sanguine (ca. 5:00″), III. Phlegmatic (ca. 6:00″) and IV. Choleric (ca. 5:00″).
Suite for Wind Quintet (2015)
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn
I wrote this piece of music for some of my very dear friends, including my girlfriend, to play at my senior recital. I played French horn in the premiere. The piece is in 4 movements: I. Scherzo, II. Lament, III. Adagio, and IV. Finale.
The Pilgrim (2014)
Instrumentation: violin, viola, cello, mandolin, flute
This piece was written and recorded at the 2014 session of the Brevard Music Center. The structure of the piece is based off of Psalm 23, which reads in the first verse, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” I wanted to create melody and a flow of music that captured contentment, angst, celebration, and return. This piece has received performances by the Brevard ITCH Ensemble, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and the Indian water well fundraiser performers. I played mandolin in the premiere.
Darkness and Light (2014)
Instrumentation: flute, B flat clarinet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, bass drum, harp, piano
This piece was written and recorded at the 2014 session of the Brevard Music Center by the Brevard ITCH Ensemble. Each of the instruments plays a role; either an instrument of darkness, or an instrument of light. This piece contrasts the two differing forces of darkness and light, combines them, and pits them against each other. Finally, after an intense struggle, light emerges victorious over darkness. Listen for “splashes” of light and “thunderings” of darkness.