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Eat the Rich

Eat the Rich (2022) 00:04:30
solo baritone, piano

Commissioned by Lyric Fest. A humorous folk-inspired protest song about our relationship to the excesses of the 1%, drawing on the early 20th-century popular music style of the Great American Songbook.


Black Thunder

Black Thunder (2021) 00:4:00
solo baritone, piano

Composed for Network for New Music's poetry project. A dark and unsettling song about insecurity and unrequited love, setting poetry by Luke Stromberg.


a summer more like a song

a summer more like a song (2008) 1:00
solo baritone, piano trio

Commissioned by Network for New Music. This short, light song evokes the frenetic movement of nature in summer, and summer love. Poetry by Juliette Lee.


Black Thunder

Black Thunder (2008) 06:00
solo baritone, piano trio

Composed for Network for New Music's poetry project. A dark and unsettling song about insecurity and unrequited love, setting poetry by Luke Stromberg.


Three Patriotic Songs

Three Patriotic Songs (2009) 08:00
solo countertenor, 2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), harpsichord

Neo-baroque arrangements of "America," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and "God Bless the USA" for countertenor, flutes, and harpsichord.


Hervararkvi├░a (The Incantation of Hervor)

Hervararkvi├░a (The Incantation of Hervor) (2016) 00:12:00
solo mezzo soprano, violin, harp

Commissioned by Maren Montalbano. Cycle of three contrasting songs with text based on Icelandic Poetic Edda, telling the story of Hervor, a Viking warrior princess who hides her gender to reclaim her father's cursed sword.


Four Poems of Nikita Gill

Four Poems of Nikita Gill (2020) 00:12:00
solo mezzo-soprano(s), piano

Commissioned by McNeese State University. Poems about healing and female empowerment by Nikita Gill create the lyrics in this cycle, which contains three songs for solo voice, and a fourth song for unaccompanied trio, written originally for undergraduate vocal majors.


Eat the Rich

Eat the Rich (2022) 00:04:30
solo mezzo-soprano, piano

Commissioned by Lyric Fest. A humorous folk-inspired protest song about our relationship to the excesses of the 1%, drawing on the early 20th-century popular music style of the Great American Songbook.


The Bodice Ripper Project

The Bodice Ripper Project (2020) 00:08:00
solo mezzo-soprano, piano

Commissioned by Maren Montalbano for her one-woman show in the 2020 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, exploring sexuality through the lens of humor, storytelling, and original music.


Come, My Tan-Faced Children

Come, My Tan-Faced Children (2019) 00:05:40
solo mezzo-soprano, piano

Commissioned by Lyric Fest. A recontextualization of Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" into a rousing call to action for the Black Lives Matter movement, intended for performance by singers of color.


Come, My Tan-Faced Children

Come, My Tan-Faced Children (2019) 00:05:40
solo mezzo-soprano, string orchestra

Commissioned by Lyric Fest. A recontextualization of Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" into a rousing call to action for the Black Lives Matter movement, intended for performance by singers of color.


Come, My Tan-Faced Children

Come, My Tan-Faced Children (2019) 00:05:40
solo mezzo-soprano, violin, double bass, piano

Commissioned by Lyric Fest. A recontextualization of Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" into a rousing call to action for the Black Lives Matter movement, intended for performance by singers of color.


L'homme Armé

L'homme Armé (2006) 06:00
solo soprano or tenor, Theremin, horn, clarinet, cello, tape

For 5-piece chamber ensemble and tape. A somber reaction to gun culture in the United States composed during the violence of the Iraq War and the shooting at Virginia Tech. Featuring found sound recorded during the conflicts and a metrical canon, with lyrics taken from a medieval call to arms.


Four Poems of Nikita Gill

Four Poems of Nikita Gill (2018) 00:12:00
solo soprano(s), piano

Commissioned by McNeese State University. Poems about healing and female empowerment by Nikita Gill create the lyrics in this cycle, which contains three songs for solo soprano, and a fourth song for unaccompanied soprano trio, written originally for undergraduate vocal majors.


Decomposition

Decomposition (2023) 00:04:00
solo soprano, 2 violins

Commissioned by Glass Clouds Ensemble. Drawing on the composer's interest in forensic science and the environment, this song uses soaring melody and a fast minimalist groove in the violins to portray the inevitable process of elemental degradation.


Chants

Chants (2023) 00:14:30
solo soprano, clarinet

Commissioned by Whistling Hens. A cycle of songs setting mystical, magical, and sometimes irreverant poetry from "the Witch of Kings Cross" Rosaleen Norton, who was persecuted for her lifestyle in 1950s Sydney.


Tesla's Pigeon

Tesla's Pigeon (2013) 18:00
solo soprano, orchestra

A lyrical and challenging song cycle for soprano and piano about scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla and his relationship with a white dove in New York City. The work is sung from the perspective of the pigeon in the moments before her death.


Generations

Generations (2023) 00:11:00
solo soprano, organ

Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists. A song cycle tracing a message of hope across time, from optimistic potential of a new birth, to our anguish at present tribulations and our yearning for a brighter future, to a call to action as we prepare and pass on our work to future generations.


Alice Tierney: three arias for soprano

Alice Tierney: three arias for soprano (2023) 00:10:30
solo soprano, piano

Three soprano arias excerpted from the opera Alice Tierney: "I Wish that You Could See You," "I am Alice 1," and "I Might Be Alice 3." Suitable for performance in recitals or auditions, these lyrical and dramatic songs showcase contrasting emotions from three of the female characters in the show.


Eat the Rich

Eat the Rich (2022) 00:04:30
solo soprano, piano

Commissioned by Lyric Fest. A humorous folk-inspired protest song about our relationship to the excesses of the 1%, drawing on the early 20th-century popular music style of the Great American Songbook.


Tesla's Pigeon

Tesla's Pigeon (2010) 18:00
solo soprano, piano

A lyrical and challenging song cycle for soprano and piano about scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla and his relationship with a white dove in New York City. The work is sung from the perspective of the pigeon in the moments before her death.


Handshake: A Scherzo

Handshake: A Scherzo (2008) 06:00
solo soprano, Pierrot ensemble, large percussion

A humorous, raucous homage to the sounds of the Information Age in a setting of the Lorem Ipsum.


Hymns of Hildegard

Hymns of Hildegard (2023) 00:07:00
solo tenor, organ

Commissioned by Mitchell Sturges. Two songs setting texts by Hildegard of Bingen, suitable for sacred performances.


June

June (2012) 8:00
solo voice, looper pedal

Composed for Voice of this Generation and Network for New Music. A setting of poetry about personal growth and healing through two snapshots, a year apart. Any range of vocalist can perform this song, which creates self-harmonies through the use of a looper pedal.


Farewell Angelina

Farewell Angelina (2019) 00:04:00
solo voice, viola

Commissioned by Elise Brancheau. An arrangement of the mid-1960s Bob Dylan song for voice and viola, juxtaposing the folk melody against the chaotic and frightening experience of current events.