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choral / vocal

o virga ac diadema


for:  3 treble voices (two sopranos and one mezzo-soprano)



year:  2021


duration:  ca 6 minutes

texts:  excerpts from Hildegard von Bingen's chant, O Virga ac Diadema


premiere:  Heri et Hodie/Yesterday and Today on a concert titled Spiritual Songs from the Gift of Isolation

Jackie Stevens and Erin Keesey, sopranos; Lauren McAllister, mezzo-soprano; and Krista Cornish Scott, artistic director

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, OH

May 2021

commissioned:  by Heri et Hodie/Yesterday and Today

o virga -
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promise song


for:  mezzo-soprano and piano



year:  2020


duration:  ca 6 minutes

poem:  from Immediate Song by Don Bogen

published by Milkweed Editions


premiere:  online by Salon 21 with performers Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano and Jill Jantzen, piano

May 2021

dedicated:  to Don Bogen

the stories we tell




for:  SATB chorus



year:  2020


duration:  ca 4 minutes

poem:  from What We Are Made Of by Laurie Elizabeth Lambert, published by Finishing Line Press, 2019


commissioned:  by the Cincinnati Choral Society

fold your wings



for:  SATB chorus



year:  2019


duration:  ca 5 minutes

poems:  by Norman Finkelstein

"The Psyche Adrift" from Scribe, published by Dos Madres Press, 2009

additional texts from Track, published by Shearsman Books, 2012

commissioned:  by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Harmony Fund


dedicated:  to the CCM Harmony Fund

Fold our Wings -
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her cowboy boots



for:  mezzo-soprano and piano



year:  2019


duration:  ca 3.5 minutes

text:  from "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Cowboy Boots" (Hat tipped to Wallace Stevens)

by Ellen Austin-Li

from Firefly, published by Finishing Line press, 2019


premiere:  2020 Cincinnati SongSLAM, a collaboration between Cincinnati Song Initiative and Sparks and Wiry Cries

Ellen Graham, mezzo-soprano, and Matthew Umphreys, piano

Liberty Exhibition Halll, Cincinnati, OH,

January 2020

winner:  first prize in 2020 Cincinnati SongSLAM

Her Cowboy Boots -
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lost time

           Is It Not It Is

               Here I Am


for:  3 treble voices (soprano and two mezzo-sopranos)



year:  2019


duration:  ca 9 minutes

texts:  from Track by Norman Finkelstein

published by Shearsman Books, 2012


premiere:  Cincinnati Soundbox with performers Jackie Stevens, soprano;

Lauren McAllister and Ellen Graham, mezzo-sopranos

21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, OH,

April 2019

commissioned:  by Cincinnati Soundbox

between magic and possibility


for:  soprano and flute



year:  2018


duration:  ca 13 minutes

texts:  from Track by Norman Finkelstein

            published by Shearsman Books, 2012


premiere:  faculty recital at Xavier University

Jackie Stevens, soprano and Nave Graham, flute

Bellarmine Chapel, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

April 2018

dedicated:  to Jackie Stevens

winner: second-place winner of 2020NATS Art Song Composition Award

Founder or Finder -
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Under the Sign -
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Gone -
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Clouds Lightening Feathers -
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So That Now -
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Speaking to the Dead -
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Found somewhere -
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music is



for:  SATB chorus



year:  2017


duration:  ca 3 minutes

text:  Joshua McGuire



Poco a Poco Summer Music Fest faculty chorus

Park Presbyterian Church, Streator, IL

June 2017


dedicated:  to Kate Tombaugh and the Poco a poco Summer Fest Choir


commissioned:  by Kate Tombaugh for the inaugural year of the Poco a Poco Summer Music Fest

Sefiros -
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Shade threaded thru shade -
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So I beat this song -
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Bone-frame -
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All the threads of my roads -
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Stones blossom -
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all one can imagine  



            Shade threaded thru shade

            So I beat this song

            All the threads of my roads

            Stones blossom


for:  soprano and violin

for:  mezzo-soprano and violin



year:  2014


duration:  ca 13 minutes

poems:  Jakob Stein


premiere: Jilian McGreen, soprano, and Gerry Itzkoff, violin, Patricia Corbett Theater, Cincinnati, OH,

March 2015


dedicated:  to the memory of Catherine Long


commissioned:  by the Ohio Arts Council

they say that I am deaf



for:  SSA chorus



year:  2014


duration:  ca 4 minutes

text:  Yolande Cosby


premiere:  The Carefree Chorus Winter Concert, Fort Meyers, FL, December 2014


dedicated:  to The Carefree Chorus


commissioned:  by The Carefree Chorus


an ocean can dry into silence



for:  SATB chorus


for:  SSAA chorus



year:  2011


duration:  ca 5 minutes

text:  Carolivia Herron


premiere:  Cincinnati Camerata, Brett

Scott, music director, (SATB) May 2013

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