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Fall Commissions

If you're looking to have a new piece written especially for you and your ensemble, this is the place to be! I'm always sitting on ideas for new music that are just waiting for the right opportunity. Here are some of the ones I'm most excited about:



The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Here's a three-parter that I've been sitting on for a bit. The Lamentations are usually separated

up into three parts for musical purposes, and a recent poll I did on FaceBook gave me an idea

for how to treat them. Three parts in three languages! One in Latin, one in English, and on in


Have You Got a Brook in Your Little Heart

This lovely text by Emily Dickinson has been on my "to-set" list for quite a while. It would be a

perfect song for your high school or college choir with piano accompaniment. Read the poem

Preces and Responses

It's not like there aren't about ∞ of these out there to choose from for your church choir, but

wouldn't it be great to have one written specifically for yours? Catholic or Protestant, a capella

or with organ, you pick the appropriate text and I'll make it singable.


The Flight of Icarus

This is a piece I've been wanting to do for a while. An epic tone poem for wind ensemble on

the myth of Icarus, Daedalus, and their hand-crafted wings. This piece will be sure to thrill both

audiences and your band members alike. Complete with wing flapping sounds!

Robert Burns Celebration

Having lived in Scotland for four years, I've been exposed to some of the best that traditional

folk music has to offer, and few can compare to the poetry of Robert Burns and the songs that

accompany them. Arrangements of Charlie is My Darling, Green Grow the Rashes, Rattlin'

Roarin' Willie, Afton Water, and Auld Lang Syne are all up for grabs.

Loch Lomond

Last year I did an arrangement of the beloved Scottish tune for choir, and I must say it turned

out quite lovely. And I think it'd make a stunning piece for band. Take a listen to it here to see if

this is something you'd like for your band (you'll need to scroll down just a titch).


Symphony no. 1

I know it's a long shot, but as Michael Scott said that Wayne Gretsky said, "You miss 100% of

the shots you don't take." But seriously, if you have the funding and you really like my music, I'd

drop pretty much everything to get this thing going.

Highland Fanfare

Originally written for brass octet and percussion, this fanfare would be a fantastic way to start

off your symphony orchestra concert. Listen to the original version here, and let me know if

you'd like it taken up a notch for your full ensemble.

Shakespearean Overtures

Want something original to get your audience in the right mood for your newest

Shakespearean production? Why not treat them to a little overture? I'd also be up for some

incidental music while I'm at it.


If any of these sound interesting to you, contact me via the contact page on my website and we'll start talking. Keep in mind that gathering a consortium is always a more cost-effective way to get new music, so if you have friends and colleagues you think would be interested, talk to them as well and send them this way.

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