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Showers of Blessings for Clarinet and Electronics can now be listened to on "Listen 1."  It is performed by Phil Rehfeldt, a performer well known for his innovation on the instrument.  The electronic portion was realized in both the University of Michigan electronic studio and the composer’s own studio.  It is among the first compositions to use multiphonics, the playing of two or more pitches at the same time on an instrument.

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Present Activity:


The Overture is completed and I am working on Act 1 and Act 3 of the new, two-hour opera.  Critically-acclaimed, best-selling novelist Sena Jeter Naslund (Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, Abundance) is writing the libretto, her first, and it has an engaging narrative full of delightful surprises.   There are six soloist, chorus, dancers, and a full orchestra.   I am developing a unique voice styling for each of the solo voices.      Instrumental material has been developed for Act 2 and Act 4.   I am enjoying working on this project!

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amaZing

"amaZing" is one of my newest orchestral composition, an artistic presentation (not an arrangement) of the popular hymn tune, "Amazing Grace."  The first portion of this composition was originally presented as ghostly fragments in my orchestra work, "and left ol' Joe a bone, AMAZING!."  The entire tune is now represented with a focus on preserving the intensity that is in the original hymn.  It would be a perfect beginning to an orchestra concert, a slow and intense fanfare.

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OBJECTIVE

I have been using folk materials in my compositions since 1969 and my objective has always been to artfully fuse these elements into a modern sound fabric.

My Performance Conductors:

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Massimo Pradella, Oleg Kovalenko, Gerhard Samuel, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Michael Morgan, Kenneth Jean, Paul Polivnick, Gunther Schuller, Steven Smith, Sydney Hodkinson, Stewart Robertson, Andrew Davis, Edwin London, John McL. Williams

PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRAS

Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Louisville Orchestra,  Vermont Symphony Orchestra,  Richmond (VA) Symphony,  Atlantic Classical Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  Long Beach Symphony,  Civic Orchestra of Chicago,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra,  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra of Rome, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo.