Welcome to my website and thanks for stopping by! What a year it has been! In June, I retired from my position as artistic director of Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble to spend more time on my composition projects. Over the summer I had the honor of writing a piece for So Percussion, a fabulous percussion quartet based in New York. The commission was to write a short work that would be premiered as part of the Princeton University Festival of the Arts. During this weekend, the University would open their new Lewis Center for the Arts facilities and present an astounding array of performances, talks, workshops, and demonstrations showcasing arts at Princeton. My piece was commissioned to accompany Henry Moore’s beautiful “Oval with Points” and was one of six sculptures showcased on the tour. I had a fabulous time working with So Percussion, trying out some new ideas for percussion and smartphones, and visiting old friends in Princeton. On my return, I was back to work, finalizing my piece for the Resound Ensemble. As a part of my year as their composer in residence, I had the pleasure of hearing Resound perform my 2008 work “13 Ways of Seeing a Blackbird” last spring. Knowing that they could handle almost anything, I set Bertolt Brecht’s timely poem, “To Those Born Later,” for mixed chorus, soloist, megaphone, smartphones, clarinet, and violin. With all that is happening in our public sphere, I felt that these words needed to be sung, to be practiced, to be repeated, and to be shared. It was my first attempt at using smartphones with a large ensemble, and I learned a lot about the potential and limitations of these instruments. It is now winter, and I am back to work. After coming in runner-up in loadbang’s annual commission competition (if you don’t know them, check them out! Bass Clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and baritone – need I say more??!), they asked me to write them a piece for Fall 2018. I am back in my study singing and sketching out the beginnings of a new work! Happy New Year to all of you and wishing you a 2018 filled with dancing spirits!
Composer in residency 2017 * Resound Ensemble * San Francisco, CA
To Those Born Later * Performed by the Resound Ensemble * Noe Valley Ministry * November 10, 11, 13
SF Girls Chorus Holiday Concert * Davies Symphony Hall * December 18th at 7:30pm
Mills College Signal Flow * Premiering work by Feona Lee Jones * March 10
SFGC Level IV Fundraiser Concert * St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland * April 15th at 2pm
UPCOMING – Fall 2018 – new work for loadbang