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November 21, 2018

Some experiences are hard to describe, and just as hard to record.  Sometimes you really need to be there.

Earlier this month, I was privileged to lead a group of choral singers in a special concert.  For the first time ever, the International Western Music Associa...

October 8, 2018

Inspiration comes when we are willing to dream.

It was my great honor to attend a recent concert at Liberty High School in Frisco, TX.   I am a full-time performing musician and composer, but I have fond memories of my years spent teaching beginning strings students.  T...

September 15, 2018

For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been working as a librettist.  I am composing an opera, and I’ve taken it upon myself to write the libretto, the script, the words that will be sung.  It’s a totally new experience for me.   As I write, I’m learning a lot about the pro...

February 28, 2018

I’m writing an opera.

What makes me think I can write an opera?  What makes me think I can’t?

I grew up on a fairly steady diet of opera.  The radio in our dining room was permanently tuned in to the station that played The Metropolitan Opera on Saturday afternoons.  Som...

July 17, 2017

As a composer, I love hearing that my music is challenging, and that it’s also accessible.  I’m not interested in writing the most difficult piece.  My goal is to write music that is easily enjoyed, for the audience and for the performer.   My goal is to write music th...

July 6, 2017

If I could, I would spend every day making music.  It comes naturally to me.  I’m not really much for practicing, but I love being a part of something new.  Once I start composing, I can be lost in a new piece of music for hours or even days on end.  Ah, if only that w...

July 3, 2017

What’s stopping you?

You’ve probably heard this question thousands of times.  You hear it in conversations with friends and family, those tireless supporters who believe in you and in what you’re doing.  You hear it in your own head, that joyful, hopeful, confident voic...

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