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“Blood Garnet”, performed by Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra

Happy fall! The blog has been quiet but lots of things are currently in the works for the 2018-2019 season.

I’d love to share a recent performance of my first orchestral work, “Blood Garnet”. I wrote this in between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and while I am still happy with many of the musical ideas, the orchestration itself is very “First Piece for Orchestra”. There’s nothing like hearing your own human-played orchestral music to show you exactly what did and didn’t work, technically speaking!

Regardless, Thomas Cunningham and the orchestra did a lovely job with the piece, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to hear my own orchestral music live.


All four grad school apps that were due today have been turned in. I feel pretty great about that.

Two more to go, but they’re not due for a while, so I can take it easy. Or find other projects to work on.

Why is it that even after I’ve done all these apps all I feel like is finding something else to work on? I suppose that’s not horrible.

Ah well. On to the next thing, whatever that may be.