Vía Láctea, a new opera in English with music by Rebecca Oswald and libretto by Ellen Waterston, enjoyed a spectacular premiere weekend (June 10, 11, and 12, 2016) at the historic Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. Staged by OperaBend, directed by Nancy Engebretson, and conducted by maestro Michael Gesme of the Central Oregon Symphony, all three performances at Bend's historic Tower Theatre were sold out, and the audiences' feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Here is one reviewer's response.
Hopefully Vía Láctea will have many performances in other cities and venues in the future! Click here for more information.
My chamber work Theseus and the Minotaur (horn, oboe, percussion, and piano) was awarded Honorable Mention for The American Prize in Composition (chamber music, professional division). I'm also a finalist in the in choral music category for selected works, and am awaiting news from the final adjudication round. I submitted four choral works but have not yet been informed which ones advanced to finalist stage.
In 2014 I was a finalist in The American Prize in Composition in two categories. Three of my choral works (Pied Beauty and Reciprocity, both SATB a cappella, and Wise Words of Love for SSAA/piano) attained finalist status in choral music, professional division. Two of my chamber works (Field Report: News from Rural Oregon for clarinet and piano, and Aesop's Fables for woodwind quintet and narrator) attained finalist status in chamber music, professional division. In 2014 I had also progressed to the semi-finals in the orchestral music category (professional division).
I composed the title theme for Runestone, an epic fictional miniseries coming in 2015, produced by Road's End Films. Here's the premise: In the late 9th century a group of Vikings flee Iceland into unknown waters. After a powerful storm at sea they make landfall in the New World.
I was fortunate to be on location at the Oregon coast with the terrific cast and crew during the filming of the trailer last May. I encourage all my friends and fans to Like the Runestone page on FaceBook for progress updates.
My MP3 album Aesop's Fables (woodwind quintet with narration) is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and here on my online store. This recording features the Arrieu Wind Quintet, with JoJo Jensen, narrator, all from Eugene, Oregon. The MP3 album includes:
• "The Ant and the Grasshopper"
• "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"
• "The Hare and the Tortoise"
• "The Wind and the Sun"
• "The Lion and the Mouse"
Priced at just $4.95 for the set of five tracks, this 12-minute mini-album is a must-have for every audio library, and will delight listeners of all ages!
My composition "Aesop's Fables" was also released this past fall on a CD by Quintetto Andersen, a premiere woodwind quintet from Italy! Their version, with the translated title of "Fiabe di Esopo (Aesop's Fables)", has Italian narration, and is available in Italy.
My solo piano CDs Whereas and October Wind are available from my online store, or from CD Baby; and in Eugene, Oregon at Tsunami Books. MP3s are available from my online store, and also from iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and CD Baby.
PDF sheet music for selected songs from my solo piano CD October Wind and for "Claro de Luna (the 'Moonlight Sonata' Tango)", as well as coil bound songbooks of all the songs from my Whereas CD, are available exclusively from my online store.
My single MP3s are available from my online store. Tracks include "Sleep, Child" (string orchestra); "Finding the Murray River" (orchestra); "Pray, Tell Me How" (sacred acoustic pop song); "Barbara" (flute quartet); "Tin Roof" (prepared classical guitar quartet); and "Claro de Luna (the 'Moonlight Sonata' Tango)" (solo piano).
My recordings are available for licensing.
I am open to new music commission opportunities, and can write new music in nearly any genre. Please send an email if you'd like to discuss your project.