Finding My Way

I started composing for fun at age fifteen, and for a decade and a half I enjoyed exploring a wide range of stylistic materials—from blues and jazz to Renaissance madrigals, and from classical tonality to atonal modernism. Eventually, after composing dozens of pieces, I found I had become deeply fascinated by some stylistic possibilities, and surprisingly indifferent to others. As these intuitive preferences emerged, my stylistic choices naturally gravitated toward them.

Among the clusters of stylistic qualities I find most engaging are captivating melodies, a sense of physical motion, and flexible forms of modal/tonal organization. Some aesthetic traits I find especially fascinating are strikingness, vivid expression, and a sense of mercurial temperament.

I hope my finished works will engage performers and audience members. But I’ve learned from experience that to fully enjoy the process of creating new compositions I need to work with musical ideas that I myself find deeply engaging.