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The premier of this setting of William Ernest Henley’s often-quoted poem was the winning performance of the 2017 Sparks and Wiry Cries song SLAM - performed there by Gillian Lynn Cotter and Neill Campbell. For mezzo-soprano and piano. (approx. 5 mins)


A song cycle for tenor and piano, based on Tennyson’s famous dramatic monologue of the same name. Premiered by Richard Fracker, Metropolitan Opera tenor, and Elden Little, pianist and coach, at Michigan State Universitiy’s Cook Recital Hall. (approx. 22 mins)

WEDDInG LieD For dan ewart

This setting for of the Rückert’s famous Widmung text, commissioned by baritone Dan Ewart, as a wedding gift for his wife Sarah. For medium voice and piano. (approx. 4 mins)


In this comic mini-opera, the misguided Gallus advises his nephew, Sextus, on how to seduce his uncle’s wife. His other uncle that is… or at least, so
Gallus believes. Scored for quartet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone) and piano. (approx. 15 mins)

To Mrs. Reynolds's Cat

A satirical art song for high voice and piano, setting a gem of John Keats poetic output - a sonnet about about an elderly housecat. The work was premiered July 2016 by soprano Lindsay Snyder and pianist Neill Campbell. (approx. 3 mins)



This “theme song” is a musical narrative, that creates a fictionalized version of a personal friend (whose name, incidentally, is Dan Carty). The piece
attempts to capture some of Dan’s energetic and idealistic character, while also moving through a narrative that explores love, loss, and hope for the future.

theme song for dan carty

eine andere nacht und eine andere trÄume

This piece tells the simple story of a person falling asleep at night, exploring the space between waking and dreams. Written originally to be performed in
concert with a work of Brahms’, the piece plays with themes, styles, and forms that harken back to German lieder and romanticism. This work was written for Michigan State University’s “Fifth House in House” concert, November 18, 2017. Scored for Clarinet, Cello, and piano.

After Reading Tennyson's "The Kraken"

A dramatic piece for solo piano written for pianist Neill Campbell in response to reading Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Kraken".



three murders

Three Murders is a suite of three of the seven orchestral interludes from the opera, A Capacity for Evil. The story of the opera follows Daniel, a famed 1930s private eye, who, with help from his partner Doyle and his fiancée Angelica, works to
unravel a series of grisly murders all occurring on New Years Eve. These murders, engineered by an unknown murderer after a passage of the bible, known as “The Temptations of Christ,” are captured in these three interludes—which echo both the victim’s experience and the murderer’s own warped interpretation of the passage. A Capacity for Evil was featured in Fort Worth Opera’s 2017 Frontiers Showcase and awaits an upcoming piano/vocal debut with Opera MODO, in September 2018. Scoring: [ - - timp; 2 perc; hp; pno - str]

(approx. 12 mins)