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Jun 26 6/26/18

Grieving an Old Mentor (And Picking Up the Pieces)

By | 2018-10-17T00:15:20+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Real Talk, Hey, What's New?|

I've studied with four separate composition teachers during my ten years at school, one of whom having stuck out over the rest for length of study and sheer impact on my writing. And last month, we learned in one of the worst ways possible that not all was what it seemed with him. While I was getting my BM and MM at the University of Tennessee, I spent those six years studying underneath the same professor: Dr. Ken Jacobs. I liked this man from my first moment meeting him during my undergraduate audition. He was a tough teacher from the [...]

Feb 18 2/18/18

When Your Art is Smarter Than You: A memoriam for Parkland

By | 2018-02-19T12:10:33+00:00 February 18th, 2018|The Composer Life, Let's Pretend I'm a Philosopher, Real Talk, Hey, What's New?|

Last night I had the pleasure of revisiting one of my favorite older pieces in concert, Epics and Heroes. When I say "older pieces," I mean that I wrote this as an undergraduate in college eleven years ago, and while many of the works in my portfolio from that time have fallen by the wayside, this one has stuck around. It's a piece that (I hope I can make this make sense...) still sounds like me, talks like me, and acts like me, no matter how much my sound and style have evolved since then. This piece has a strange—and [...]