May 23, 2017 Wick Simmons has posted video here of himself performing my arrangement of Ravel's Kaddisch at his recital April 16th at Northwestern's Galvin Recital Hall with the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble and harpist Alyssa Hensley. The arrangement is published by Ovation Press.
May 6, 2017 I visited North Vancouver, British Columbia last weekend to present my paper "'Quite Vaudeville in a Way': The Rolling Stones' Selective Appropriation of a Declining Form" at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of The College Music Society. I have learned that my paper has been accepted for presentation at the National Conference of The College Music Society in San Antonio, October 26–28. It will be my first time returning to San Antonio since I spent the first few weeks of my life there.
December 13, 2016 My paper "'Quite Vaudeville in a Way': The Rolling Stones’ Selective Appropriation of a Declining Form" has been selected for presentation at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of The College Music Society. The conference will be held at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia April 28-29.
December 11, 2016 I learned today that my paper proposal for the February 2017 conference of IASPM-US (the U.S. branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music) has been accepted. The conference will be in Cleveland February 23-25. My paper is titled "'Quite Vaudeville in a Way': The Rolling Stones’ Selective Appropriation of a Declining Form," and I look forward to presenting it.
October 30, 2016 I am enjoying teaching freshman music theory and sophomore aural skills at Northwestern this school year, in addition to my North Park teaching. At North Park in the spring I will be teaching orchestration, Aural Skills I, and Fundamentals.
September 3, 2016 I am happy to be back teaching at North Park University this year. I am currently teaching Aural Skills II, Fundamentals of Music I, and Medieval & Renaissance Music. I will also be teaching Musicianship again at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston. I enjoyed meeting with Mary Ruth Laverty Solem in Atlanta last month regarding my piece for organ, Descant. She is preparing it for an upcoming performance. Also, Access Contemporary Music has posted video of the performance of my piece Over Juneau last year in Milwaukee (click on the picture with the rising tower at the bottom to access the video).
April 1, 2016 Registration for Northwestern summer classes, including my Beatles and Stones class, begins Monday, April 11th. On a related note, I am working on a paper that examines the formal types used by the Rolling Stones and how their approach to form relates to other elements of the music. I am also working on composing some solo guitar pieces for Rami Gabriel, as well as a new piece for multiple guitars that I am recording myself.
November 23, 2015 I have posted a recording of my recent work for clarinet, cello, and electronics, Over Juneau. Christie Miller played clarinet and Alyson Berger played cello. The piece premiered at Milwaukee's City Hall September 19th.
November 13, 2015 I will be returning to Northwestern University in the summer of 2016 (June 20-July 30) to teach The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, a non-major class that I previously taught in 2014 and 2013. I have really enjoyed teaching it in the past, and I look forward to returning to it. I will be reviving the Facebook page for the class. I will be able to update the course with the new books and scholarship that have come out since I last taught it.
August 29, 2015 I completed my new work for Doors Open Milwaukee: Over Juneau will be performed during the day on September 19th at Milwaukee's City Hall. The piece was inspired by the building and the electronic component uses a recording I made August 6th of the City Hall bell (named Solomon Juneau after Milwaukee's first mayor). Christie Miller will be playing clarinet and Alyson Berger will be on cello. Also, I am now teaching music theory at DePaul College Prep high school in Chicago and will be starting teaching Musicianship at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston on September 15th. This Monday, the 31st, I will begin teaching my Aural Skills II class at North Park University.
July 7, 2015 Juan Carlos Ortega and I will be performing Settling In at Juan's recital on Monday, July 20th, in Nerinx, Kentucky (an hour south of Louisville). The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Loretto Motherhouse Church, on the grounds of the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse. Also, I was one of four composers selected by Access Contemporary Music to write a new piece to be performed September 19th at a Milwaukee architectural landmark in conjunction with Doors Open Milwaukee. I will be writing a piece for clarinet, cello, and two-channel playback, inspired by Milwaukee's City Hall, that will be performed there on the 19th and 20th. Finally, I look forward to returning to teach at North Park University this fall.
May 15, 2015 I have posted the recording of the February performance of Settling In at the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference in Columbus, Mississippi. Juan Carlos Ortega played violin and I played the piano part. We will likely be performing the piece again this summer in Louisville, Kentucky.
February 28, 2015 I greatly enjoyed performing Settling In with Juan Carlos Ortega and attending the Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society last weekend. The hall there was beautiful and the people were friendly. Juan, this time with pianist Mei-Hsuan Huang, will be performing Settling In again at 4:30 p.m. on March 28th at Michigan State University at the Great Lakes Regional Conference.
January 22, 2015 I now have more details on my performance with Juan Carlos Ortega of Settling In, for violin and piano, in Mississippi next month. The concert will be at 7:30 on Friday, February 20th in Kossen Auditorium at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. I'm looking forward to it.
January 9, 2015 My friend, clarinetist Benjamin Mitchell, recently founded a conductorless ensemble in Los Angeles named the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. They are in the midst of their opening season. For more information and to see their concert schedule, visit their website.
December 20, 2014 Settling In, for violin and piano, has been selected for performance at the 2015 Southern Regional Conference of the College Music Society February 19-21 at the Mississippi University for Women. I will be performing it with violinist Juan Carlos Ortega.
December 5, 2014 My new piece for violin and piano, Settling In, has been selected for performance at the 2015 Great Lakes Regional Conference of the College Music Society March 27-28. The piece will be performed by Juan Carlos Ortega and Mei-Hsuan Huang at Michigan State University.
November 1, 2014 Ovation Press has posted their publication of my arrangements for cello ensemble of Ravel's Kaddisch. I made two arrangements, one for cello soloist and cello ensemble and a second one that includes a harp.
August 14, 2014 I will be teaching aural skills and music theory at North Park University in Chicago this coming school year. I look forward to meeting my new students!
June 8, 2014 My mentor and friend Lee Hyla passed away on Friday. He was a great teacher and an even better human being.
May 31, 2014 I have posted the score of my new organ piece, Descant. Also, the French ensemble Court-circuit will be performing Angle of Refraction at the June in Buffalo festival (in Baird Recital Hall) at 4:30 this Friday, June 6th.
May 24, 2014 The Northwestern University Cello Ensemble under Hans Jensen recorded my arrangement for solo cello and eight cellos of Ravel's song Kaddisch today. I enjoyed working with the group and look forward to the release of their new CD.
March 18, 2014 My piece Angle of Refraction, for bass clarinet (doubling on B-flat clarinet), piano, violin, and cello, will be performed at June in Buffalo the week of June 2nd. I look forward to attending the festival! I had a great experience there in 2011.
December 13, 2013 My piece Setting Out, for violin and piano, will be performed by Juan Carlos Ortega and Mei-Hsuan Huang in Fargo, North Dakota on March 29, 2014. The performance will take place as part of the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the College Music Society, to be held at North Dakota State University. I'm looking forward to the conference.
November 8, 2013 I'll be back teaching my Beatles and Rolling Stones non-major course at Northwestern in Summer 2014. I had a great experience with it last year. This time it will be a six-week course (June 24-July 31) rather than three weeks. Feel free to check out the Facebook page for the class. Also, I'm working on a new organ piece for Mary Ruth Laverty Solem in Dunwoody, Georgia.
September 13, 2013 Congrats to this year's Iron Composer winner, Jakub Polaczyk! This year's secret ingredient was audience participation. A play-by-play of the 2013 competition can be found here. Hard to believe it's been a year since I participated. A summary of last year's competition is online here.
September 12, 2013 I'll be back teaching sophomore aural skills at Northwestern this fall. I'm looking forward to it!