Music: Vocal Works

Daylight Saving
1. November: Deployment; 2. December: Radio Silence
3. January: Birthday; 4. February: Summer Memory
5. March: A Homecoming

A song cycle in five movements about waiting.   A woman bides her time, thinking of her partner who is away at war.  Text in English by Melisa Tien. Length (total): 18′  Finalist for the 2021 NATS Art Song Composition Competition

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Life's Work

For baritone and piano; commissioned by the Cheah-Chan Duo.  Text by Melisa Tien.  The song explores the idea of beauty, and how it changes over the course of a lifetime. Length: 5′

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A song for soprano and piano.  Text in English by Kara Lee Corthron.  Length 3′

…a clear view…
Movement III

For tenor and baroque ensemble. Three movements setting texts relating to the New York Slave Conspiracy of 1741.

A Reflection

For mezzo-soprano and piano. Text by Jason Kim. Length: 7′

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For dramatic soprano and piano. Length: 3′

Seeking You

A song cycle in two movements for bass-baritone and piano. Texts by Jason Kim and Walt Whitman. Length: 7′

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A letter to my stepson in his time of grief

A dramatic scene soprano and piano. Text by Jason Kim, inspired by Racine’s “Phedre.” Length: 6′

Casting Off

For tenor and piano. A song cycle in eight movements based on poetry by Stephen Crane. Length: 15′

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Complete audio above. “The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds” (song five) in performance (2021) by countertenor Jordan Rutter here.

Three Everyday Songs

For soprano and piano. Texts in English by Jean Joubert, Margaret Atwood, and Billy Collins. Length: 11′

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