From Shale Rock We Rise -- FOR Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber Orchestra
Premiere: July 24, 2016
Commissioned by Sounding 20/20, this work features text written by poet Melissa Tuckey. It was written specifically in support of the efforts of the environmental activism group We Are Seneca Lake, which has protested the operation and expansion of the Crestwood Liquid Propane and Gas storage facility, which is situated in the natural salt caves that border Seneca Lake. The LPG storage facility is a direct and severe threat to the environmental and economic health of Seneca Lake, which supports a thriving ecosystem and tourism industry. This performance features mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz and the Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Cayenna Ponchione.
ARE WOMEN PEOPLE -- FOR SATB CHoir AND String Quartet
Premiere: March 17, 2016
Commissioned by the Siena College Choirs and Musicians of Ma'alwyck in celebration of the approaching centennial celebration of women's suffrage being enacted in New York State. With texts sourced from a series of satirical poems by American writer Alice Duer Miller, the work explores themes around traditional gender roles and women's participation in democracy. Written in four movements for various groupings of voices within an SATB choir paired with string quartet: I. Are Women People? (SATB voices), II. An Oppressive Lullaby (TBB voices), III. Chivalry (SSA voices), IV. The Universal Answer (SATB voices)
The Sound of the Trees -- FOR SATB CHoir AND PIANO
Now available for purchase from Heritage Music Press! Click here to listen to a recording. Vocal lines freely intertwine with a thought-provoking, metaphorical text about balancing life's responsibilities with the human tendency to wish for better things in this elegant setting of Robert Frost's poem.
Because My Love IS Come to Me -- for SSA Choir and Piano
Premiere: November 7, 2015
Composed for the NYSSMA Zone 2 Area All-State Jr. High Women's Chorale, this dancelike setting of Christina Rossetti's poem "A Birthday" is well-suited to musically advanced women's ensembles. Ample text painting and lush harmonies combine for a thrilling, joyous choral experience. Available for purchase from the composer.
Pirate Story -- FOR 2-PART TREBLE VOICES AND PIANO
Premiere: November 17, 2015
Now available from Alfred Music! Click here to hear a recording. Written as a companion piece to last year's award-winning "Foreign Lands," this piece also features a text from Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless A Child's Garden of Verse. Set in a rollicking sea-chantey style, both parts have the opportunity to sing melodic and harmonic ideas. A small group adds another layer over a final, vibrant chorus. Premiered in November of 2015 by Intermezzo, the intermediate choir of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus.
All Join Hands -- FOR SATB Choir, A CAppella
Now available from Alfred Music! Click here to hear a recording. "Humanity is all around us, and charity lives within us." An energetic bass line is the rhythmic engine that drives this African-inspired original. Call- and-response verses feature the tenors, and a thrilling key change and final descant helps bring it home. Add improvised percussion for an additional layer of texture and musical excitement!
Foreign Lands -- FOR 2-part treble VOICES AND PIANO
Premiere: June 11, 2014
Now available from Alfred Music! Click here to hear a recording. Recently awarded an Editor's Choice designation from JW Pepper. Based upon the Robert Louis Stevenson poem of the same name, this piece was inspired by watching my two young children play.
he WISHING TREE -- FOR SSA VOICES ANd PIANO
Ithaca Women's Works
Premiere: March 23, 2015
Based on a poem of the same name by contemporary Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, "The Wishing Tree" offers a meditation on humankind's desire to use the environment as a tool for wish fulfillment. This piece was written expressly for the Ithaca Women's Works spring 2015 concert, titled Women's Nature, Women's Works, and featuring a lecture by eminent whale acoustics researcher Katy Payne.
When You Are Old -- for SATB voices, a cappella
He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven -- for SATB voices, a cappella
Siena College Chamber Singers
Premiere: April 15, 2014
These are two of three a cappella settings of poems by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. These were some of the first pieces I wrote. I fell in love with his poetry as a high school senior, and these poems still speak to me of the kind of love every person dreams for him- or herself.
Petition -- for SSA voices and piano
Ithaca Women's Works
Premiere: March 30, 2014
The main text of this piece is taken from an 1874 petition by the National Woman Suffrage Association, addressed to the United States Congress, in support of women's suffrage. The document is signed by the officers of the association: Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The B section of the piece features quotes from each of these dynamic women presented in counterpoint.
This piece was written expressly for Women's Works of Ithaca. As I considered what text to use, it struck me that it was key to use not only women's voices, but women's words as well. I had been reading about the Women's Suffrage movement, and was inspired by the determination and sheer grit of these early feminists. When a friend pointed me towards a copy of this petition on the National Archives website, I was hooked.