[For those who are interested, a video of my Undergraduate Senior Recital can be found here.]
THE CALL OF CTHULHU
I consider “The Call of Cthulhu” my most important work thus far. A dramatic cantata adaptation of the landmark novella by H.P. Lovecraft, this work defines my refusal to accept the cliche that musical adaptations are irrelevant at worst, and always comedic at best. Using music and song to tell a story can be just as powerful as a dramatic film. I’m working on the Original Cast Recording of the show to be released in Spring 2013.
To Count the Stars is to Number Your Days, the “eleven o’clock number” from The Call of Cthulhu
ART SONG & CHORAL MUSIC
SONGS FOR AUGMENTED SIXTH CHORDS
A set of art songs I am working on. The end goal is to write an art song that features every Augmented Sixth Chord (Italian, German, French, & American.) I have written the French & American, and I am seeking texts for the Italian (feel free to contact me if you happen to be versed in 19th century Italian poetry).
Sonnet de l’Absinthe, the song for the French Sixth Chord. Poem by Raoul Ponchon.
Over Summer 2012, I wrote my first Mass setting. Scored for two voices, the entire work is in the Locrian Mode. I hope to release a recording in the future.
MONTREAT COLLEGE MUSIC
My alma mater, as a Senior I wrote for the College Choir, and as an alum I continue to write for the College’s various ensembles.
Psuame 23, The Montreat College Choir sings my setting at Spring 2012 Commencement.
The private studio for my voice instructor, I am currently beginning a partnership in which I will be writing music for the studio’s ensembles.
As a Christian in the Presbyterian tradition, I enjoy writing music that expresses my faith and is intended for worship settings. I write hymns and spirituals, and as a Musician in the Western tradition, I always pursue excellence in my composition and part-writing. Please contact me if you would be interested in using my music in worship.
I enjoy acting in Asheville’s theatre scene. Some of my favorite roles include:
- Jeff, Kimberly Akimbo
- Pope, Doctor Faustus
- Nurse, Titus Andronicus
- First Servant*, King Lear
- Priam, Troilus & Cressida
- Doctor Pinch, The Comedy of Errors
- Julio, Double Falsehood
*Not as derpy as it sounds.
I am a classically trained tenor/male soprano. I study voice under Timothy Wilds. While at Montreat College, I sang American Musical Theatre, English Art Song, and Baroque Aria. Some of my repertoire included:
- Their land brought forth frogs, from Israel in Egypt, Handel
- I attempt from love’s sickness to fly, from The Indian Queen, Purcell
- Pastimes with good company, Henry VIII
- Tobacco’s but an indian weed, Time of James I
- Losing My Mind, from Follies, Sondheim
- Ladies in their Sensitivities, from Sweeney Todd, Sondheim
In addition to the blog (of which I am still learning the ropes), I am a playwright, and my work has been seen in various contexts in Asheville, such as Magnetic Midnight at the Magnetic Field and Triple Play, a evening of play readings featuring the works of local authors.
I also made a lot of silly videos in college.