A Missing Ring

This is the first of two entries that will be produced as a part of the Scattered Light commission consortium. In this entry, I explain the genesis of my setting of Dana Gioia’s The Stars Now Rearrange Themselves, as well as the more personal connections I have forged with both the poem and the new work.

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Slow Burn

One truth has become increasingly clear, especially in the last couple of months. More often than not, good things take time to manifest. Sarah and I refer to this phenomenon as the “Slow Burn.”

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In Search of Nancy Luce

It may be hard to imagine without seeing it in person, but to a small and very devout group, Nancy Luce is a serious folk hero; a lonely, eccentric woman who somehow managed to scratch out a living while caring for her beloved chickens.

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A New Work: The Nancy Luce Story

Tomorrow I leave for Martha’s Vineyard to discover what I can about Nancy Luce, to visit her grave and learn a bit more of what her life was like. Her devotion to her beloved animal charges, her clear desire for greater kindness in the world; these are aspects of her existence that speak more loudly to the problems facing our world than many voices that exist today.

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Open for Business

"The bottom line is this: I am officially open for business. What I love more than anything is composing music for living, breathing humans and travelling to work with talented ensembles around the world. I would never forgive myself if I didn’t at least make the attempt to pursue my true dream of being a full-time composer, performer and clinician. The truth of the matter is that I’m young yet; I am newly twenty-seven, with a PhD and plenty of time to figure things out for myself. My life has been blessed with so many people who have selflessly supported my musical endeavors – it is now time for me to make the transition into true professionalism and a viable career."

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