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“The work [Glimpses of Azure], splendidly performed, struck us as lucid and emotionally persuasive. We have often wondered where to turn nowadays to find the level of craft so assiduously acquired and practiced by late 19th and early 20th century American masters; now we know.”  -Vance Koven, writing in The Boston Musical Intelligencer, December 9, 2013 (Read the review.)

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OUR NEW OPERA!

Aliceheimer’s, the new chamber opera I have written in collaboration with librettist Dana Walrath, is based on the memoir series of the same name about Dr. Walrath’s experiences with her mother Alice during Alice’s journey with dementia. The opera is written in Alice’s voice and the audience experiences a wide variety of human emotions right along with her, from humor to anger to confusion to pathos to contentment. Two preview performances of selected scenes in November, 2021 were very well received. To watch a video of the second performance at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont featuring soprano Mary Bonhag as Alice and Alison Cerutti on piano, go here. To view the very informative panel discussion from our first performance in Montpelier, Vermont, go here. To read my blog post about how the opera came about, go here.  To read what Dana says about the opera go here. Thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier, Vermont and to a number of donors for their support. Stay tuned as we work toward a full production of Aliceheimer’s. 

Photo credits: Solo/Duo photo by Brian Hanke, Small Ensembles photo by Isabel Weinger Nielsen, Large Ensembles photo by Yoon S. Byun, Choral/Vocal photo by Ingrid Nielsen, Beginners/Youth photo by Amos Hamilton, Teaching/Mentoring photo by Amos Hamilton, Opera photo by Isabel Weinger Nielsen, Collaborations photo by Jackie Smith, Weddings photo by Jackie Smith

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

I compose as a contribution to community. My aim is to bring people together through music. I work hard to communicate as directly as possible with listeners.  I want to move people emotionally through the sound structures that I create as a composer.  My hope is that by telling a musical story, my work will strike a responsive chord in listeners who approach art with an open and attentive mind and heart.

I also view helping others to compose as part of my mission as a teacher and mentor.  I am passionate in my belief that anyone who wants to create music can do so and I’ve spent many years seeing the truth of that statement borne out with students of all ages.