I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and my family moved to Newport News, Virginia when I was nine. When I was thirteen, my middle school orchestra played an arrangement of “The Great Gate of Kiev” from “Pictures at an Exhibition”, and I decided that I wanted to become a composer. I moved to New York City for college, and have there since 2004.
My music is largely focused on texted and dramatic genres like opera, art song, and choral music. With an emphasis on emotional directness and vivid storytelling, my work often engages with questions about identity, interpersonal relationships, and the American experience. I approach the composition of dramatic music much like an actor might approach a role, attempting to make my musical choices flow from a place of deep connection with character, situation, and setting. My style is particularly informed by Russian, American, and English concert music, minimalism, the sacred choral music tradition, electronica, and musical theater.
My music has been presented by organizations and individuals including Fort Worth Opera Festival, The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, Novi Cantori, Triad: The Boston Choral Collective, American Opera Projects, The Holy Cross Chamber Singers, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at the Spoleto Festival USA, North / South Consonance, the Society for New Music, Boston Metro Opera, and C4. I have received commissions from The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, The Urbana Public Arts Council and flutist Kathleen Winters, New Vintage Baroque, and the Cheah-Chan Duo. In 2017, librettist Jason Kim and I received an Opera Genesis Fellowship from The Hermitage Artists Colony and American Opera Projects for developmental work on our opera “Legendary.” My undergraduate studies were at Columbia University, where my primary teachers in composition were Joseph Dubiel and Sebastian Currier. I’m also a tenor, and I studied voice with Jane McMahan and Robert Osborne. From 2011 to 2013 I was a masters degree student in composition at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert Beaser. I also participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Yale School of Music’s New Music Workshop at Norfolk.
Recent and upcoming performances include a performance of “Summoning” with the Greater Cleveland Flute Society (2020), a workshop of new choral music with the Pacific Chorale (2019), a new work for the interdisciplinary project Habitat: Home (2019) and the premiere of “Life’s Work” with the Cheah-Chan Duo (2019). I am a proud alumnus of American Opera Projects’ “Composers & The Voice” program (2014), and the Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists (2016). I am also active as a tenor in the New York City area, and frequently work with contemporary composers as both a choral singer and as a concert planner and administrator.