Works

2016

Hebrews—Chorus and Piano*

  • A sacred song cycle for chorus and piano lifted from the text of the book of Hebrews, proclaiming the priesthood of Christ, His kinship with man, the new covenant, and the triumphs of faith. With an amalgamation of classical tonality, mixed meter, and other techniques borrowing from John Rutter, this work and its message are written for all generations.

*indicates a current project

2014

The Games—Brass Quintet

  • This work exhibits the major themes of the fictional Taledras landscape against the backdrop of a Post-American Colosseum. The work maintains a harmony of succinct presentation and programmatic buildup as a modern “chariot race” intensifies between three major characters.

String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, “Mashiyach”

  • 1st movement premiered on April 2, 2013 at KSU’s 2013 Student Composer’s Recital. A four-movement, 30-minute work consisting of an allegro-sonata, intermezzo, scherzo, and chorale, blending the youthful expressionism and technique of Dvořák and Borodin with the lyricism of Debussy, Gershwin, and Ravel. Ambiguous harmonies of James Horner color the main theme.

2012

Mashiyach—Orchestra, Concert Soundtrack

  • 2nd Place in the 2012 Kennesaw Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. An original orchestral soundtrack excerpted for concert performance, this four-track collection showcases the main theme in the prologue, main title, and an action sequence. The work concludes with the main theme of a current concert soundtrack project based on George MacDonald’s beloved book At the Back of the North Wind.

Winter Theme—Percussion Ensemble

  • Premiered alongside the works of David Lang and Michael Markowski at the KSU Festival of New Music in February 2013. A melodic chamber work for six percussionists portraying several scenes iconic of the winter season, from shifting ice and falling snow to warm indoor festivities. Both standard and unusual instruments are used, from marimba to crystal glasses.

Sonatina—Woodwind Quintet

  • Performed at the 2012 Student Composer’s Recital in April 2012. The work is characterized by virtuosity and unconventional harmonies alluding to Holst and Debussy, with a theme consisting of triplet-note figures woven between instruments. The middle section features a lush Romantic theme accompanied by a quiet sixteenth note texture.

2011

Fanfare to the Creation—Brass Quintet

  • 1st Place Winner of the 2011–12 Kennesaw State University Brass Fanfare Composition Competition. Played by the Boston Brass at KSU’s Brass Blast! on March 3, 2012. Officially premiered in the 2012 Student Composer’s Recital on April 12, 2012. This work explores the sounds of the Six-Day Creation outlined in Genesis with a broad heroic theme, celestial effects, and classical/jazz hybrid harmonies reminiscent of Gershwin.

Solo Exhibitions for Brass—5 Solos

  • Official premiering on April 2, 2013 by guest soloist and professor Bernard Flythe (M.M.) in the 2013 Student Composer’s Recital. Unofficial premiere at the International Euphonium Institute on June 17, 2012 by Mr. Flythe. The full collection features unaccompanied solos for brass, including trumpet, French horn, euphonium, and tuba.

2010

Overture in D minor—String Orchestra

  • 2nd Place in the 2010 Kennesaw Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. Subsequently played by the Kennesaw Symphony Orchestra. This work juxtaposes pure harmonies and early Classical themes with dark sonorities and technical passages.

Victory Overture—Solo Piano with Orchestra

  • Performed in September 2010 by the composer (solo piano) and the First Baptist Church of Woodstock Celebration Orchestra. An original instrumental prelude for solo piano and orchestra combining the hymns “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “It is Well with My Soul” into a beautiful collage of the familiar and unfamiliar.

Note: this list is not exhaustive, and features only highlighted works