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May 30 5/30/23

Hey, It’s Been a While!!

By |2023-05-30T00:06:05+00:00May 30th, 2023|All Things Educator, Hey, What's New?, Let's Pretend I'm a Philosopher, Real Talk, The Composer Life|

... four years, in fact. And what a four years it's been! My last blog post was in summer of 2018. I made a few random updates in 2019 just to add a few new pieces and keep up the resume/CV, but didn't really feel like I had too much new to say. Then came 2020, and... well, we all knew where that went. So, to catch you all up, I think I'll start there. 2020 In early 2020, I was starting to make plans to apply for lots of jobs, publications, and really get my website and social [...]

Jun 26 6/26/18

Grieving an Old Mentor (And Picking Up the Pieces)

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

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+00:00February 18th, 2018|Hey, What's New?, Let's Pretend I'm a Philosopher, Real Talk, The Composer Life|

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 [...]


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