D.M.A. in composition, Yale University (2010)
M.M.A. in composition, Yale University (2006)
M.A. in composition and theory, Tufts University (2004)
B.M. in composition, Manhattan School of Music (2000)
I have taught music composition, music theory, music history, and musicianship at a variety of American colleges and universities. As a pianist and composer, I enjoy bringing a grounded, practical perspective to my teaching, engaging students with what is “really happening,” musically. As a theorist and musicologist, I enjoy probing the inner-workings of musical works and encouraging students to grapple with the broader contexts of the music in order to arrive at a deeper critical understanding. When working with composers, my goal is to help the student develop a clearer understanding of her or his creative process, and to offer tools, insights, and advice in order to make their music as faithful a translation of their aesthetic aims as possible.
I write music for traditional musical instruments. My music has been performed on four continents, in venues ranging from art galleries to concert halls to cathedrals. I have a significant body of piano music, in addition to which I’ve written extensively for small chamber ensembles. I am grateful to have received performances of several works for large chorus, orchestra, and wind symphony. My music is generally soft and slow; within the last ten years I have begun exploring longer durations, including two 60-minute works for violin and piano, a 65-minute work for toy piano and melodica (one player), a 100-minute work for solo piano, and a 2 hour 40 minute composition for eleven instruments.
In addition to my composition and performing activities, I take a scholarly interest in several areas of music. My primary focus is on 20th century music, especially the mid-century American avant-garde. An analytical article on Morton Feldman’s early graphic works was published in the winter 2009 issue of Perspectives of New Music. I also study harmonic and formal strategies in late 18th- and early 19th-century European music. A critical area of focus for me is topics around modernism, including aesthetic concepts across the arts around the turn of the 20th century. I also study hymnology, with a special focus on American hymns from the late-18th through the 19th centuries.
I am a long-distance runner and an avid downhill and backcountry skier. I am both a cinephile and an anglophile. I enjoy baking bread and I love manatees.