August 2, 2013
My award in The American Prize competition this year was acknowledged in the Star Tribune's Item World this past week. You can see the full listings here!
July 30, 2013
After a two week break, Cantus will resume in mid-August to begin work on our 2013-2014 touring program. On that program will be my new work “America Will Be!”, a work based on Langston Hughes' electrifying poem Let America Be America Again. Hughes' entire poem can be found here.
July 9, 2013
Several of my works, including “Song of Sky and Sea” which Cantus premiered last fall, were honored with 2nd Place in The American Prize this year. Thanks to everyone for continuing to support my work! For more information on The American Prize and the other winners in the choral composition category, click here.
June 2, 2013
James Frazier, my long-time colleague and friend, is retiring at the end of this season after a long and successful career as an organist and music director, most recently at St. John the Evangelist in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a going away present, I wrote “The Greatest of These,”, a work for mixed choir and organ based on the passage from 1st Corinthians. If you’d like to see a perusal copy, send me a message on my contact page.
May 29, 2013
I just received a Travel/Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation to study C.S. Lewis’ early poetic works, written PRIOR to his conversion, this coming August. The goal: To write a concert-length song cycle on his “Spirits in Bondage”, and a chamber opera based on his narrative poem “Dymer”!