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2017

June 12-26: Had a fantastic experience attending the 2017 nief-norf Summer Music Festival! . . . nothing that bleeds or trembles, my new work for two pianos, two percussion, and electronics was premiered with a wonderful performance by Brianna Matzke, Neil Krzeski, Kevin Zetina, and Qiuchen Wang.

May 5: Reprise performance of the eclipse themed works at the St. Louis Science Center.

April 29: Premiere performance of Convergences at the Bond Life Science Center in Columbia, MO. Myself, along with three peers, had works performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble in observance of the 2017 North American solar eclipse. This concert was first in a series to showcase these works.

April 10: Premiere performance of Transfiguration, commissioned by Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield for the University of Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra.

March 31: I am honored to have been able to present First Fig at the 2017 SCI National Conference. Incredibly grateful for the hard work of my performers: Cassandra Gal (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Keeler (cello), and Sarah Amos (piano)!

February 25: Invited to perform soliloquy, for electric guitar and live electronics, at the 2017 BGSU Graduate Conference in Music. Concert at 8:30 PM in Bryan Recital Hall.


2016

October 3: I am thrilled to be able to announce that I have been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Sinquefield Composition Commission! As part of this award, I have been commissioned to write a piece for the University of Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be premiered at the Chancellor's Arts Showcase on April 10, 2017. I am incredibly excited for this opportunity, made possible by the generous support of Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield!

July 22: I am very excited to announce that I will be beginning my Masters in Music Composition this Fall at the University of Missouri! While it is sad to say goodbye to the city of Kalamazoo and the wonderful arts community that is thriving there, I cannot wait to begin the next step of my career. This Fall I will begin studying with Dr. Stefan Freund, a composer and cellist who performs regularly as a member of famed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. For my studies in Columbia, I will also be working for the Mizzou New Music Initiative: a program aimed at fostering the creation and performance of new music at the University of Missouri. I cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity and how incredibly excited I am to begin my studies!

June 13-19: Performance of soliloquy at the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. The work will be presented at the Abrons Arts Center.

February 11-13SEAMUS 2016 National Conference at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, where I was invited to perform soliloquy. The work will be performed on February 11 at 4:30pm in the Downtown Blackbox Theatre.


2015

November 22, 2015: Presentation of my senior recital at 7:30pm at the WMU School of Music Recital Hall. The program will feature the following works: bodies in motion for electric guitar quartet, Dark, dark my light for string trio, soliloquy for solo electric guitar, and the third movement of Insomnis Hymns for the Still Night, a new work for voice, cello, and piano, which features the texts of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

November 9, 2015: New Music Concert at 10pm at the Union in downtown Kalamazoo. This concert includes two performances of my work: bodies in motion (which has been adapted for electric guitar quartet) and soliloquy, for solo electric guitar. Also featured are pieces by Kevin Kerr and Nathan Haering.

August 2-15: highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy. Including the premiere of bodies in motion, a classical guitar quartet for Quartetto Apeiron.

March 19: The selected works for the Society of Composers Region V Student Mixtape have been announced. As Region V Student Representative, I was proud to curate this release and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the diverse styles present in Region V. Congratulations to all the selected composers!

February 22: World premiere of Resonant Forms by the WMU Symphonic Band at Miller Auditorium.


2014

November 24: Student Composers Concert II at the WMU School of Music Recital Hall, including a performance of Dark, dark my light.

October 24: Analytical presentation on George Crumb's Vox Balaenae in Dalton Center, Room 2004, at 2pm. This presentation primarily focuses on formal ideas, Crumb's harmonic language, timbral development, and how these support the aesthetic goals and extramusical themes of the work.

June 9-22: Fresh Inc Festival in Kenosha, WI. Including the premiere of Three Short Conversations by Magic Deuce Duo on June 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

March 26: Dither Quartet reading of Pursuit, a new game piece for electric guitar quartet, at the WMU School of Music Recital Hall.