Some big changes coming! On August 1st, I will join the faculty of Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music. These last 7 years in Fort Worth have been great, and while we are sad to be leaving, we're excited to start this new chapter!
I'll check in with more details down the road; but for now, I will be arriving to my new gig the first week of August, and will begin teaching 2 weeks after that. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of…
News and Announcements
For the 7th consecutive year, I'm exhibiting at the Alleluia Conference at Baylor University, put on by Baylor's Center for Christian Music Studies. More than selling music (which would be great!), I'm hoping to make more connections with the music ministers that attend. They come from all over the U.S. and from several denominations. I'm particularly interested in learning how many churches offer music education and appreciation in some form to their congregations and communities. This could manifest…Read more
For my band director friends, I'd like to invite you to join my 2020 Band Consortium! I'm organizing this to commission a new work for Grade 3 band that will help kick off the start of a new decade. The piece will be energetic, exciting, and intended to symbolize looking ahead to the future with optimism and hope. In addition to the score and parts to the completed piece, I would be happy to interact with your ensemble via Skype/facetime to talk about the process of composing and why I decided to become a…Read more
New blog post on the movie themes I love that were not written by John Williams. I share my five favorite themes, as well as some honorable mentions that almost made the cut. I'm talking specifically about themes, not soundtracks and original scores, just the themes (melodies) themselves.
CLICK HERE TO READ MY LIST.
What do you think of my picks? Agree with some, disagree with some? Let me know in the comments below!
One of my best friends from college recently sent me this, written by his Episcopal church Rector. I love this; these are great insights into how a choir serves a congregation in worship. Here's a snippet:
"In worship, instead of allowing the choir to give us something, we invite the choir to sing in our stead. We invite these talented and faithful people to offer our prayers with their mouths, because they have skills for this kind of musical prayer that most of us do not. In other words, in worship, when…Read more
Now that the "Sussex Carol" Consortium is funded and work is underway, I'm excited to introduce an Easter anthem opportunity. For next Easter, I'm putting together a consortium for "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," for SATB, Brass Quartet (2 Tpts, 2 Tbns), Timpani and Organ. As a composer, one of my goals is to help Easter church music repertoire catch up to Christmas, and this is a step in that process. This setting will be ideal for church music programs that are traditional/liturgical in form, as well as…Read more
I'm happy to announce that the "Sussex Carol" consortium has been funded! The nine-member consortium is made up of the following directors and organizations:
- Dr. Ben Caston - Gambrell Street Baptist Church (Fort Worth, TX)
- Mr. Dennis Emerson - St. Michael Catholic Church (Bedford, TX)
- Dr. Lori Danielson - Northwest Bible Church (Fort Worth, TX)
- Mr. Chuck King - Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL)
- Mr. Bart Morrison - University Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
- Mr. Jonathan…
Part of my artistic growth, I've discovered, requires more vulnerability about WHY I compose. This was challenging for me to write, because I don't like talking about myself, but I need to learn! Click here to read my latest post.
I haven't blogged for awhile, and I need to get back into it. For my first entry in months, I wanted to talk about the score for Avengers: Endgame by composer Alan Silvestri.
Click here to read it.
Many, many thanks to my friend Tom Song and the Life Road Singers for programming two of my choral anthems for their June 1st performance at Carnegie Hall. This is the first time that I will have music performed at the historic venue. While I am unable to attend, I am absolutely thrilled that they have selected some of my music for their performance. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity; thank you, Dr. Song!