Current Project: We Will Outlive Them...letters to Rivka from Galicia
Commissioned by soprano Jessica Bloch
Current project, commissioned by Jessica Bloch, set to letters delivered her Great Great Grandmother in the US while the rest of her family was in Galicia in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire through WWI and WWII. Premiere set for May 5th, 2024 with West End Lyric and the Boston Synagogue.
I. From Moshe
II. Second Letter from Moshe
III. From Israel
IV. Third Letter from Moshe
V. From Gizu
VI. Second Letter from Israel
A Lost Love
Commissioned by Cortlin Presley for soprano and piano
This song cycle tells the life of Mercedes from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. How her fiance's disapearance dramatically changed her life and who she is as a person.
1. Mercedes’ Rejection to Fernond
2. The Years that Followed
3. Mercedes sees Edmond Again
A Cappella Arias
For unaccompanied voice.
Duration: 0.5-2 minutes each.
A book of arias sung without accompaniment. They can be sung anytime, anywhere for any occasion. The only preparation needed is practice. I started writing these arias in a time when I was struggling to find an accompanist to perform with me. Ifever I was at an open mic, I could just jump onstage and sing these songs. I'm still writing new songs to add to this collection. I hope to publish several volumes of this collection and turn a cappella singing into a standard practice for singers.
The Thing About Cats (text by John L’Heureux) 2016
Witness (text by Quinn Gutman) 2016
Mowing (text by Robert Frost) 2017
Talk (text by by D. H. Lawrence) 2018
Three Things to Remember (text by William Blake) 2018
Die Erblendende (text by Reine Maria Rilke) 2020
The Unseen Playmate (text by Robert Lewis Stephenson) 2020
Letter (text by Amy Lowell) 2020
Pain or Joy (text by Christina Rossetti) 2020
Do Me a Favor (text paraphrased from Sappho) 2021
The Testimony of Sarah Good (text from the transcript of the witchcraft trial of Sarah Good 1692 Salem Town, MA) 2:00
I am not afraid (text by Quinn Gutman) 2:00
App-les (text by Kelvyn Konig) 1:00
poem by Louise Edwards
Original instrumentation for Soprano, Guitar and Vibraphone, later arranged for soprano and piano.
Premiered: April 2016 at Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH.
This song tells a fictional legend about a half bird/half woman creature and her impact on the world on the day of her birth.