Upcoming Performance: Collaborative dance performance – The Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T. Jones on 3/8/2016

on becoming (2016) for alto sax, viola, cello, and melodica will be premiered at the Visions and Voices event The Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T. Jones featuring dancers from the USC Kaufman School of Dance and choreography by Bill T. Jones. Held in Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus, the event will feature compositions by USC Thornton School of Music in an adaptation of Bill T. Jones’s multidisciplinary work Story/Time. Admission is free but reservations are required.

Information about the performance:

Tuesday March 8th, 2016 at 7:30pm in Bovard Auditorium



Upcoming Performance: “out of nothing” world premiere on 3/6/2016

out of nothing (2016) for piano trio will receive its world premiere on March 6th, 2016 in Alfred Newman Recital Hall on the campus of USC. The piece will be performed at the USC Spring Composition Showcase by musicians from the Thornton School of Music including Tiffany Chung (violin), Rainer Crosett (cello), and Dawoon Chung (piano).


Information about the performance:

Sunday, March 6th at 7:00pm, Alfred Newman Recital Hall


Upcoming Performance: “A Trip Takes Us” world premiere with the Philharmonia Northwest on 11/22/15

A Trip Takes Us for brass quintet will receive its world premiere on Sunday, November 22nd in Seattle, WA. Jointly commissioned by Mercer Island High School Band Boosters and Philharmonia Northwest, the piece will be performed by the MIHS Brass Quintet as part of Philharmonia Northwest’s program The Old and the New, part of the Philharmonia’s 40th anniversary season.

Information about the performance:

Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
4805 NE 45th St., Seattle




Upcoming Performance: Rhízōma with the UT Percussion Ensemble

Rhízōma for percussion quartet will be performed on Tuesday, April 14th by the UT Percussion Group under the direction of Tom Burritt. The concert will be in Bates Recital Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus and will start at 7:30pm. Other composers on the program include Maki Ishii, Thad Anderson, Mark Mellits, and Thom Hasenpflug.





Upcoming Performance: Senior Recital!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog with any sort of information mostly because I’ve had so much going on. Currently I’ve been organizing rehearsals and everything for my Senior Recital, which has been quite a task. I’ll be needing 19 musicians on 4 pieces to make the whole event happen, and things are finally coming together. I’ve been fortunate to have such an enthusiastic response from Thornton performance majors because, as of this week, I’ve got performers on every part, and the quality of USC music majors is always stunning.

Here is some info for the upcoming recital:
Saturday, April 6th at 4pm
Ramo Recital Hall, USC

The program for the concert will feature two premieres including my newest completed work, “Pacific Scenes” for brass octet, as well as my septet titled “Music for Strings, Marimba, and Trombones” (hopefully the orchestration is apparent from the title). Other pieces include “Mind the Gap” for solo flute and “Music for Violin, Vibraphone, and Bass Clarinet,” in addition to a recording of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble playing “Reveries.” The program will last an hour and will be followed by a reception. If you happen to be in the LA area and care to celebrate my four years of undergrad at USC, please feel welcome to attend the recital!

Outside of work preparing this recital, I’ve also been busy working on a new piece and flying around the country interviewing at graduate schools for composition. While I wont discuss the schools I’ve applied to or where I think I’ll end up (I’m in the period of the process where I haven’t heard back from all schools or offers can still change), I will say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process of applying to grad schools, no matter how much time it has taken from my already busy schedule. I’ve been fortunate to meet many amazing composers and professors who have all been wonderful hosts to me, as well as incredible young composers similarly applying to grad schools. You can expect to hear from me as soon as early April as to where I’ve decided to attend!

That’s all for this post, check back every so often to see updates on new works, new performances, and new life experiences!