Large Ensemble

Caldera - (Full Orchestra) - 2015

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, piano, strings

Ardor (Concert Band) - 2015

A big thank you to my many friends at the University of Michigan for playing, and Eric Laprade for conducting.

Instrumentation: piccolo, flute 1&2, oboe, clarinet 1&2, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone 1&2, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet 1&2, horn 1&2, trombone 1&2, euphonium, tuba, percussion 1&2, electric guitar, electric bass (optional)

Written for my close friend Conner Heinle, Ardor is intended for a young high school band. The title comes from Conner’s passion for music and education, which has always been an inspiration in my own life. 

Chamber Ensemble

String Quartet No.1 - 2015

Planishing (Waterphone and Rubrods) - 2015

Special thanks to Christopher Weiss for performing on both instruments!

Planish, a metalworking technique used to round sheet metal after it has been stretched and shaped.

This piece is performed entirely from two entirely metal instruments: The waterphone, and the rubrods. The construction of the piece is based on the augmentation of a chant tune and an arch-like form, representative of the stretching and curving of metal for the planishing processes.

Scherzo Allemande (Piano Four Hands) - 2015

Many thanks to Natalia Volchenko and SooJin Anjou

The allemande, a baroque dance characterized by its rhythm with emphasis on the upbeat, has the unique feature of being written both in slow and fast tempos. Scherzo Allemande plays upon this idea by imitating the Allemande style within two contrasting sections.

Look Down, Fair Moon (Violin/Cello, Tenor and Piano) - 2015

Text by Walt Whitman. Special thanks to Tomer Eres (tenor), Jin Nakamura (Cello) and Hidemi Minagawa (Piano).

Solo Works

Under Mountains of Ocean (Tuba and Piano) - 2014



Special thanks to Evan Zegiel (tuba) and Amy Ige (piano)

It takes an instrument of great power to capture the magnitude of earth’s oceans. One of the most capable instruments for capturing this image is the tuba. Under Mountains of Ocean aims to show the power and life living in the oceans.

Sky Darkens, Wind Rises (Flute and Piano) - 2014

Special thanks to Anna Thompson (flute) and Annie Jeng (piano)

The title Sky Darkens, Wind Rises comes from a stage direction given in the Herman Melville novel Moby Dick. The line marks a final point of cheerfulness that gives way to a much darker foreshadowing. This piece imitates the same progression of light to dark that Melville created. Flurries of flute runs become a darker storm as the piece progresses, until the storm gives way to light once again.