Vocal

2015

Passion de Jean
voice · piano · 15″
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A song cycle in six movements for low voice and piano. This work, commissioned by bass Cody Muller and pianist Zachary Peterson, is a setting of the French translation of the Passion narrative from the Gospel of John. The singer personifies all of the different roles in the account, including the Evangelist, Jesus, Peter, Pilate, and various priests and Pharisees; each character is given their own mood or gesture in the accompanying piano. Passion de Jean was premiered in March 2016 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

2014

It Was Good
voice · piano · 7″
A commission from soprano Rachel Hébert as part of a course at Princeton Theological Seminary. This song is an adaptation of the first chapter of Genesis, narrating the creation of the universe from the eyes of the Biblical narrative, beginning with a “Big Bang event” in the piano and ending with God resting from all of the work. While each day of creation is given a distinct musical climate, certain days are thematically linked: days one (light) and four (the sun, moon and stars); days two (the firmament and waters below) and five: (aviary life and sea life); day three (land and vegetation) to six (animals and humans). The work uses chant-like recitative and a lush piano accompaniment that plays an equal role in the storytelling.

Songs of Discovery
voice · piano · 10″
A song cycle originally written for baritone which deals with life lessons learned at varying stages of one’s life. Each song is focused on a poem where the narrator truly “gets it” for the first time, reflecting on transformative experiences where they discovered the true nature of music, joy, grief, and finally, peace and love. With poems from various sources, this cycle is available for high, medium, low voices. The work was premiered by baritone James Camp on March 8th, 2014.

  1. How a Little Girl Sang by Vachel Lindsay
  2. Joy by Langston Hughes
  3. One Worse Thing by Margaret Widdemer
  4. Peace by Sara Teasdale

Prosper me not to leave Thee
tenor · piano · 3″
An art song commissioned by tenor Marquese Carter that utilizes his own poetry; the words cry out to God, asking to be torn down, diminished, and defeated in order to be refreshed, renewed, and stripped of any idols. The work was first performed in Patrick Dunnevant’s Graduate Composition Recital on March 8th, 2014, and was soon after performed in Marquese Carter’s Graduate Vocal Recital on March 13th.

2013

The Time Is Fulfilled
two sopranos · piano/organ · 7″
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.”
A setting of three texts from the Gospel of Mark that collectively weave together an overview of the life of Christ. The two soprano soloists, which are written in a fairly similar range, each have a chance to serve as narrator. This work was commissioned by Rachel Hébert, soprano and seminarian at Princeton Theological Seminary, and was premiered by her and soprano Andrea Baas on December 16th, 2013.

Three Sandburg Songs
soprano · orchestra · 10″
A setting of three texts from Fogs and Fires by American poet Carl Sandburg. At a Window was premiered by the Westminster Community Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Ochs, with soprano soloist Audra Casebier on April 3rd, 2013.

  1. At a Window
  2. On the Breakwater
  3. Under the Harvest Moon

2012

The Tide Rises
tenor · piano · 2″
Based on poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this setting is for high voice (recommended for tenors) and piano. The Tide Rises utilizes an active piano accompaniment and an expansive vocal range. It was premiered by tenor Justin Su’esu’e on March 8th, 2014 at Westminster Choir College.

2011

The Lord Is My Shepherd
low voice · piano · 4″
A work commissioned by Cody Muller, bass. This song is a setting of the beloved twenty-third psalm for bass and piano accompaniment.

2009

Songs For My Friends
Soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone voices · piano, string quartet, clarinet · 12″
A song cycle where each piece, all of them varying in level of difficulty, is under one minute, and is set to a haiku that was written by a friend of the composer.

  1. Dinosaurs with text by Mallory Kimbrell
  2. Nightingale with text by Elton Prince
  3. Truth with text by William Ayers
  4. Words with text by Jennifer Brelsford
  5. Sleep with text by Creighton Olsen
  6. Winds with text by Stewart Brenegar
  7. Flamingo with text by Caron Sinnenberg
  8. Reasons with text by Heather Lawrence
  9. Quest with text by Hank Carter
  10. Painted with text by Britney Monroe
  11. Patter with text by Kaitlin Dunnevant
  12. Snow with text by Janet Schmitt
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