Musings

  • How does a cat look to a mouse?

    By adapting They All Saw a Cat for narrator and orchestra, I hope I’m providing the opportunity for kids and their grownups to playfully meditate on these questions while also they experience the incredible human achievement of orchestral music. 
  • How NOT to Write a Flute Sonata in 3 Simple Steps

    Here are a few things I’ve learned about the creative process that might be useful to you next time you’re stumped or not sure what to do next.
  • One Complete Thought

    For many years, I’ve been interested in the musical discipline of counterpoint ...
  • Armistice Sonnets Premieres

    Armistice Sonnets, a new choral work commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, which commemorates the centenary of the Armistice ...
  • For the Future Published by Walton Music

    I’m happy to announce the publication of my piece “For the Future” by Walton Music, a division of GIA Publications.
  • "Sussex Carol" Revisited

    In December 2017, BYU Symphonic Band (Kirt Saville, director) premiered my “recomposition” of “Sussex Carol” with soloists Diane Reich and Robert B...
  • They All Saw A Cat … Coming to New York in June 2018!

    I’m terrified (and delighted) to announce that I’ve been commissioned by the Mormon Arts Center in New York City to create a new concert work for t...
  • Fanfare … for Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music

    Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music was reviewed in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Fanfare magazine.  The review is reprinted here with permission. A. M...
  • Taking The Bridge to Kingsbury Hall in November 2018

    I’m delighted to announce that UtahPresents has commissioned the exclusive premiere engagement of The Bridge, a contemporary ballet I helped to inv...
  • For the Future

    Since the release of Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, a number of people have asked me about the process of writing choral music—or, more specifically, my process. Here’s the story of one piece: “For the Future.”
  • The Little Stream Sings

    I recently had the pleasure of joining, via Skype, a rehearsal of the Penn State Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Kiver. They’re performing “...
  • Something New (Novi? Novum?) for Voces Novae

    I’m delighted and grateful to announce that I’ve received a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. Thanks to this opportunity,...