NEWS

 

March 13, 2017

I have been commissioned by the Port Washington School District in New York to compose a piece for their District-Wide Choral Festival. The work will feature students from all grade levels (elementary school, middle school, and high school), and will be premiered at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s C. W. Post Campus.


November 18 and 20, 2016

The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will perform my piece, Cooling in the Peppermint Wind, at the First United Methodist Church of Portland and at Mt. Hood Community College.


October 4, 2016

New York pianist Jai Jeffryes performed my solo piano piece, Nottanosti, on a concert of selections from his recently released CD, “Tangent Shores - Amethyst,” at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.


March 13, 2016

I was invited to be a Visiting Composer at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. During my stay, I met with students and presented a forum on my music, and I taught private lessons to the composition students. The Lewis and Clark faculty new music ensemble, Friends of Rain, presented a concert at the end of this residency, which featured my piano solo, Nottanosti, and my song cycle, Stone.


March 13, 2016

Tenor Daniel Neer has commissioned me to compose a setting of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem, “Travel,” for voice and piano. He will premiere it in his recital of American song at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio, with pianist Timothy Huffman. 


January 31, 2016

Pianist Jai Jeffryes performed my solo piano piece, Nottanosti, on a concert of selections from his recently released CD, “Tangent Shores - Amethyst,” at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City.


December, 2015

Pianist Jai Jeffryes has released his new CD, “Tangent Shores - Amethyst,” featurning my solo piano piece, Nottanosti. He selected my piece along with eight others for an album of recently-composed piano works out of over 400 submissions from around the world.


December 12, 2015

The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Children’s Chorus (Monica Roden Spencer, Director) performed my arrangement of the traditional Welsh folksong, All Through the Night, as part of their “Christmas with the NMSO” concert.


June 21, 2015

Soprano Marie Marquis and pianist Hyanghyun Lee perform Truth,” from my song cycle for soprano and piano, Prayers from the Long History of Happiness, as part of Los Angeles’ famed Songfest at the Colburn School in Downtown L.A.


June 12, 2015

My husband and I welcomed our exquisite and brilliant daughter, Avani Roosevelt, into the world.


May 20, 2015

Celebrated violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performed Blue Vishuddha on her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin, with pianist Louise Thomas in Vienna, Austria.


April 20, 2015

Celebrated violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performed Blue Vishuddha on her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin, with pianist Aniko Szokody in Budapest, Hungary.


April 11. 2015

The professional choir, “Inspiravi,” under the direction of Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée, performed the public premiere of my SATB setting of Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII as part of the culminating concert of the CSULA Choral Composer Workshop, which I co-directed and for which I served as composition faculty.


March 6 and 8, 2015

Celebrated violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performed Blue Vishuddha on her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin, with pianist Louise Thomas in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


February 22, 2015

Lewis and Clark College’s faculty new music ensemble, Friends of Rain, performed both ”Truth,” from my song cycle for soprano and piano, Prayers from the Long History of Happiness, and Consilience, for violin and piano, in Portland Oregon.


February 15, 2015

Soprano Ariel Pisturino and pianist Nic Gerpe performed ”Truth,” from my song cycle for soprano and piano, Prayers from the Long History of Happiness, on the Pasadena Conservatory of Music Faculty Recital Series, “Songs About Place,” in Pasadena, California.


December 7, 2014

Celebrated violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performed Blue Vishuddha on her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin, with pianist Louise Thomas at a private concert on Maui, Hawaii.


November 15, 2014

Celebrated violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn commissioned and premiered a new piece for violin and piano, entitled Blue Vishuddha, with pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey, to a sold out crowd of 800 at Bard College’s Frank Gehry-designed Fischer Center for the Performing Arts in New York.


October 26, 2014

My brass quintet, Brass Bucket, has been chosen as a finalist in the University of Wisconsin River Falls 2014 Workshop and Competition. The piece will be performed by the River Falls Brass Quintet on Sunday, October 26, at which time the grand prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges as well as an audience vote.


August 15, 2014

My brass quintet, Brass Bucket, was commissioned and premiered by the LMC Brass Quintet, comprised of member of the brass faculty at the Luzerne Music Center in New York. (Robby Moser, trumpet; Paul, Futer, trumpet; Melanie Erena, French horn; Jordan Robison, trombone; and Josh DeVries, tuba.)


July, 2014

New York City-based pianist Jai Jeffryes has selected my piano solo, Nottanosti, for the inaugural CD of his Tangent Shores project, in which he aims to record new piano music along with more traditional repertoire. The CD, which will be entitled “Amethyst,” will feature nine piano pieces by contemporary composers, selected from hundreds of pieces submitted from composers around the world. The recording will take place in 2015.


July 17, 2014

My violin trio, Mohicanituck (The Sea of Ever Flowing Waters), was written for and premiered by the young musicians at the Luzerne Music Center in New York.


July 11, 2014

Consilience, for violin and piano, was featured on the Faculty Artist Series Concert at the Luzerne Music Center, performed by Rebecca Ansel (violin) and Kairy Koshoeva (piano).


July 4, 2014

My song cycle, Stone, was featured on the Faculty Artist Series Concert at the Luzerne Music Center on July 4, 2014, performed by Sarah Best (mezzo soprano),  Paul Futer (trumpet), and Toby Blumenthal (piano).


June 21-July 19, 2014

I am honored to have been invited to join the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in New York. I will be teaching composition and coaching chamber music alongside the distinguished faculty of LMC for one month in beautiful Lake Luzerne.


June 14, 2014

Panic Duo will be performing Consilience on an all-American composers program at the Encinitas Library in Encinitas (near San Diego), California. 8pm, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.


April 11-12, 2014

I will perform my flute solo, the every only, at the College Music Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in Missoula, Montana.


March 25, 2014

Violinist Selim Giray, faculty member at Wichita State University in Kansas, and pianist Özgür Ünaldi performed my violin and piano piece, Consilience, at Istanbul Technical University’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Music in Istanbul, Turkey.


March 24-25, 2014

I was in residence at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, MS. On Monday evening, March 24, Faculty members, soprano Nancy Maria Balach and trumpet player John Schuesselin, performed the world premiere of Stone - a new song cycle they commissioned from me in 2011. On the same concert, the choir performed my piece, That Music Always Round Me, under the direction of Ole Miss Director of Choral Activities, Donald Trott, and I performed my flute solo, the every only. Poet Carol Samson was also in residence, and read her poem and the others before each song in the cycle.


On Tuesday, March 25, I am very excited to have given the inaugural live interview on the Living Music Resource’s BEAT,  during which the interview was live-streamed, and people sent in questions live via phone, e-mail, and Twitter from ten different states.


UPDATE: The BEAT interview is up on Youtube! Take a look here.


March 20, 2014

Violinist Selim Giray, faculty member at Wichita State University in Kansas, and pianist Özgür Ünaldi performed my violin and piano piece, Consilience, at Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey.


March 7-8, 2014

My violin and piano duo, Consilience, will be performed at the College Music Society Conference at William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri.


March 7, 2014

Panic Duo (Nic Gerpe, piano, Pasha Tseitlin, violin) will perform Consilience on their “All American” concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Pasadena. 5:30pm, Admission Free.


March 4, 2014

Panic Duo (Nic Gerpe, piano, Pasha Tseitlin, violin) will perform Consilience on their “All American” concert at California State University, Los Angeles. 7:30om, Music Hall, Admission Free.


February 15, 2014

The wind ensemble version of my piece, Cooling in the Peppermint Wind, was performed at the Northeast Mississippi Band Clinic in Booneville, Mississippi.


December 21, 2013

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra performed my orchestral arrangement of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear on their Holiday concert in Bentonville, AR.


December 14, 2013

The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performed the world premiere of my new orchestral arrangement of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear on their Holiday concert in Tupelo, MS.


June, 2013

The California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Dr. Emily Moss, premiered the symphonic wind ensemble arrangement of my piece, Cooling in the Peppermint Wind, which was originally written for symphonic orchestra in 2011.


March, 2013

Flutist Teresa Villalobos performed my flute solo, the every only, on a recital at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York.


December, 2012

The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra performed my arrangement of the Welsh carol, All Through the Night, with the McNair Middle School Glee Club.


Summer, 2012

I completed a two-week artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, where I worked on a solo violin piece entitled Blazingstar, and continued work on Stone, a song cycle for soprano, trumpet, and piano.


March 16, 2012

poor warty bliggens, my duo for alto saxophone and double bass, was performed at the College Music Society Pacific Northwest Conference in Vancouver, Canada. March 16, 2012


March 2, 2012

I performed my own piece, the every only, for solo flute, at the College Music Society Rocky Mountains Conference in Portales, New Mexico.


February 18, 2012

The Arkansas Philharmonic performed my symphonic work, Cooling in the Peppermint Wind, in a program that also included Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Michael Daugherty’s new flute concerto, Trail of Tears (Amy Porter, flute), and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.


February 6, 2012

the every only, for solo flute, was performed at the University of Nebraska New Music Festival in Kearney, Nebraska.


December 10, 2011

The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra and Children’s Chorus (Monica Roden Spencer, Director) presented the world premiere performance of my arrangement of the traditional Welsh folksong, All Through the Night.


Fall, 2011

I was granted an artist’s fellowship at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, where I spent three months writing music and thriving in the mountains and renowned artists’ community of Taos.


While at Wurlitzer, I continued work on my opera, Whale Song, as well as a newly commissioned piece for Nancy María Balach, soprano, and John Schusselein, trumpet, and an arrangement of the traditional Welsh folksong, All Through the Night.


April 16, 2011

The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, in Tupelo, Mississippi, presented the world premiere performance of my new work for symphonic orchestra, Cooling in the Peppermint Wind.


March 5, 2011

The California State University, Bakersfield Concert Band, under the baton of conductor Leo Sakomoto, performed U.S. Patent No. 821,393. FLYING MACHINE. O. & W. Wright as part of their 2011 Guest Composer Series.


February 25, 2011

I presented a lecture entitled “Creating Our Own Myth: Embracing Trauma and Transformation through Art” at the Huntington Library in Pasadena as part of the CSULA “Powerful Visions” series


February 19, 2011

Violinist Anne-Marie Brown and pianist Robert Pherigo of the Kansas City, Missouri contemporary chamber music ensemble newEar premiered the violin and piano version of Consilience.