in progress

large ensemble
c. 45'

Wilderness of Woe

A piece based on remixed audio from recordings of Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.
Commissioned jointly by Roulette, with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation, and Contemporaneous.
16 players: flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet in Bb, alto saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet in Bb, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass

I. Wheel Hoss (13')
II. Wayfaring Stranger (10')


2017

voice and piano
5'

Resignation

A re-working of fragments of words and music from the traditional hymn, "My Shepherd Will Provide My Need."
Written for Lucy Dhegrae.


2016

open inst.
variable

Neighbors

A piece for young musicians that creates a sonic neighborhood through listening and shared agency.
Commissioned by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division.


2015

bass clarinet
7'

Separate Rooms

A piece written for dance, exploring subtle timbral variation in repeated pulses.
Commissioned by the Charles & Joan Gross Family Foundation for Periapsis Music & Dance.


2015

baritone saxophone
17'

The Carolina Lady

A piece based on remixed audio from a 1967 recording of folksinger Dillard Chandler.
Made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.


2015

violin & piano
12'

Thousands of Years to Make It What It Was

A piece inspired by a Wendell Berry poem about an eroded field slowly healing itself.
Commissioned by the BMI Foundation Carlos Surinach Fund for Concert Artists Guild. Written for Alexi Kenney.


2015

soprano & piano
8.5'

Two Songs from The Cold Pane

Arrangements of two songs from a cycle of five on poems by Wendell Berry about death.
Commissioned by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program.


2014

open inst.
5'

Far Away

A piece for young musicians with indeterminate notation that explores rich textures and sonorities. 
Commissioned by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division.


2014

soprano & fixed media
4.5'

Träumerei

A dream involving what seems like a game of hide and seek, with echoes of Schumann.
Commissioned by Ariadne Greif for the Dreams & Nightmares project.


2014

opera in one act
42'

Payne Hollow

A love story, a ghost story, and a tribute to lives lived in harmony with the land.
four voices (two sopranos, mezzo-soprano, baritone), orchestra, and fixed media
Libretto by Wendell Berry, after his play, “Sonata at Payne Hollow.”
Commissioned by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program, with help from the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists.


2013

soprano & chamber ensemble
17'

The Cold Pane

A cycle of five songs on poems by Wendell Berry about death.
soprano and chamber ensemble (clarinet in B-flat, mandolin, violin, double bass)
Written for Dawn Upshaw. Commissioned by Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

I. It Is Almost Spring Again
II. The Cold Pane
III. Raindrops
IV. The Widower
V. Again


2012

voice & piano
2'

In the Name of the Bee

A brief prayer-in-song on a text by Emily Dickinson.
Written for Lucy Dhegrae.


2011

soprano & ensemble
20'

Letters Made with Gold

Three songs about being in love, and knowing that you and your beloved must die.
9 players: flute, clarinet in B-flat, bass clarinet, percussion (medium tambourine, three-octave melodica), tenor banjo/mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.
World premiere given by The Dawn Upshaw––Donnacha Dennehy Professional Training Workshop Ensemble in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

I. My luve is like a red, red rose
II. And am I born to die?
III. My dearest dear


2010

string quartet
11'

Thy Wondering Eyes

The string quartet as Old Regular Baptist congregation, singing a distorted "hymn."
Written for the JACK Quartet.


2009

violin & cello
7'

Transit Song

Incidental music for a music-theatre work, entitled A Day in Chicago.


2008

chamber ensemble
10'

Poor & Wretched

A piece that treats the ensemble like an Old Regular Baptist congregation, lining out a hymn.
11 players: flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, contrabassoon, horn, trombone, violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass
Written for the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble.


2007

soprano &
double bass
9'

 

In Old Virginny

A newly-composed setting of a text from Cecil Sharp's English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians.
Written for Duo Borealis.


2006

soprano &
double bass
6'

Pastor Hicks' Farewell

A newly-composed setting of a text from Cecil Sharp's English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians.
Written for Duo Borealis.


2005

solo violin
12'

Prelude & Fugue

A piece inspired by Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.