“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.)

Welcome. Thank you for visiting my music composition website. I hope you will find something of interest to you whether you are a performer, conductor, student, another composer or simply a music lover. Please feel free to contact me.


Aliceheimer’s, my new chamber opera written in collaboration with librettist Dana Walrath, will have two preview performances in November. To learn more, go here. To read my blog post about how the opera came about, go here.  Thanks for both of these to our fiscal sponsor, Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier, Vermont. And check out the event on Facebook here.

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


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.