Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees 

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) 

Teaching Interests

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.

Compositional Activities

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.

Research Interests

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.

Other Interests

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.