I am thrilled to have written this piece for my wife and daughter, and thrilled to have a recording of them performing it together!
A “soliloquy” is literally the idea of talking to oneself. As I was writing this, I had no formal structure in mind, no specific motivic development or harmonic devices, but as I started sketching ideas, these things began to come together. I found myself free to write more for the people in mind, rather than any overarching plan.
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My better, smarter and more talented half is giving a flute recital at Tabor College on September 26th at 3PM. Included in her repertoire is two of my newest works, where she will be accompanied on harp by our daughter! (This is peak proud hubby and proud dad stuff right here!)
Be Thou My Vision, for flute and harp, was written as a gift for Sarah, she requested this shortly after our daughter started learning harp, and I finally made good on the promise. :D
Simple Soliloquy, also for flute and harp, is the…
Last week was my wife's birthday, and the gift I presented to her was an arrangement of one of her favorite hymns, arranged for her to play with our daughter (I did ask our daughter if she'd agree to this first!).
After they have a chance to perform it, I will make the sheet music available for purchase. It will be on Sheet Music Plus as well as JW Pepper. Please tell your flute and harp friends/colleagues that a new version of this song will be available for them soon! Thanks!
For a couple years, I did a podcast called "The Meatball Composer," where I would talk about things that were particularly interesting to me, mostly Bears football! Well, the show has been retooled, and I am now co-hosting the "Bearly Educated Podcast" with my friend Mark Janzen. We're 5 episodes in, and we're having a blast! The hook is that we are two college professors with doctorates, taking a more analytical and philosophical look at sports.
I invite you to check it out, especially if you're a Chicago…
Now available for SATB and piano, Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven published by Chorister's Guild! And ideal anthem for Christ the King Sunday, but can work any time of year.
After a brief covid delay, Chorister's Guild will be releasing my anthem Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven sometime in April 2021!
For SATB and piano, I gave this familiar hymn text a joyous, rhythmic setting in a 10/8 meter. It is very lively, and would work well as a Call to Worship.
I'll be sure to make a more formal announcement once the piece is released, so stay tuned!
Special thanks to Katie Houts at CG, who made this possible and gave me some great edit suggestions, and to Russell Almand who…
Earlier this month I completed and delivered my newest concert band commission to the consortium members that funded it's creation. Hope and a New Dawn is a Grade 3/3+ piece for concert band, the piece was written to communicate a sense of optimism as we head into a post-covid world. No, we're not past it yet, but we will be, and when we get there, it will be an overwhelming time of reunion, joy, hope...but we will also have to remember and mourn what was lost. Through prominent melodies and driving…Read more
I'm excited to announce this new opportunity for church choirs!
The 2021 Church Choral Club members will receive six (6) new anthems throughout the 2021 calendar year. Each anthem will be voiced for 2-part choir (Men/Women, SA/TB, Treble/Bass, etc.) and feature piano accompaniment.
Each anthem will be a standard 2-3 minute selection that will be centered around a different theme. Members will receive via email a single PDF of each anthem, and granted permission to print as many copies as needed for…Read more
I recently completed a piano setting of In the Bleak Midwinter, based on the tune CRANHAM by Gustav Holst. While the melody is clearly heard throughout, the surrounding textures create a sense of mystery. The piece was commissioned by a group of seven pianists, and I have included their names in the printed score, for posterity and out of gratitude.
I have signed up to join another crowdsourcing platform, BuyMeACoffee. It's similar to Patreon in some ways, but with more flexibility. Patreon is a monthly subscription, BuyMeACoffee has that ability (which I am not using), but is more for one-time donations. In addition, I can sell "extras," which for me will include discounted sheet music that I publish, online composition lessons at a discounted rate, stuff like that. People can support or simply follow with no financial obligation or commitments. This…Read more