Colorado Public Radio featured a story in February 2016 about my new piece String Quartet OCD: Denver Composer Reflects on Postpartum OCD in New Piece Sarah Whitnah, Leslie Sawyer, Donald Schumacher, and Richard vonFoerster of The Playground Ensemble recorded the
Just about anytime I see a friend these days, they ask, “Are you still on sabbatical?” The answer is yes! I am on sabbatical from the Music Program at Regis University until August 2015. “What have you been doing?” is the
Recently I’ve posted on this website a series of pieces using an electronic instrument I designed in Max. It’s called the Drone Machine, and here’s a screen shot of the playing surface: This surface hides the construction of the instrument, which
It’s been a great summer of composition projects! First, I arranged Carol Thomas Downing’s haunting tune Walden (originally written for the Walden School) for SAB Chorus, Violin, and Piano, and the First Universalist Singers premiered it in June with John
I’m excited to be traveling to Bolingbrook, IL May 12-15 to hear the midwestern premiere of Spring Quiet by the Bolingbrook High School singers, under the direction of Lawrence Fisher. This follows the March world premiere of the piece in
In July I was very happy to travel to Citta’ di Castello, Italy, to participate in the International Summer Arts Institute (thanks to generous funding from Regis University’s Faculty Development Committee). There my Liquid Sings was performed by Italian clarinetist
As the school year at Regis draws to a close, I’m increasingly thinking about The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat, where I’ll be teaching in June. Sam Pluta, Caroline Mallonee, Marshall Bessieres, Shawn Crouch, Jim Mobberley, and Wet Ink will
Matthew Slotkin of the Duo Montagnard wrote to tell me, “We performed [Two About Two] on our recent tour in Indiana, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana, and the piece was very well received.” My music has now officially gone more
I just found out from Matt Slotkin, the guitarist of the guitar/sax duo Duo Montagnard (saxophonist is Joseph Murphy), that they’re going to play my new guitar/soprano sax version of Two About Two in several places in the coming months.
I was very happy just now to see that the Rocky Mountain Arts Association has posted a new video of Wake, O Earth on YouTube. The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus performs, with Donnie Lemley on trumpet and Ben Riggs conducting.