Residency Activities

With students Christa La Lista and Ray Arreola, New Mexico State

More and more frequently, I’m travelling to colleges and universities to participate in performances of my recital, chamber and large ensemble works, and to serve as Composer-In-Residence for specific functions, such as All-State Honors Band activities and Contemporary Arts festivals.

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I happily wear many hats on these occasions, from meeting with the graduate composition seminar, to addressing an auditorium full of non-music majors on “the life of a composer,” to meeting with business classes to discuss the entrepreneurial aspects of being a composer in the marketplace, to leading master classes with instrumental studios learning my music, to presenting a lecture to the American Lit Department on how a composer (at least this one) approaches setting the texts of Walt Whitman, to having one-on-one meetings with students eager to discuss having a career in music. 

I thrive on these multi-dimensional residencies that require me to integrate my experience as a composer and teacher with other disciplines: dance, theatre, the visual arts, literature, philosophy and economics to name a few. If you are planning to perform some of my music in a coming semester, I hope you’ll contact me so we can design together a residency tailor-made to fit the needs of your department and, perhaps, other departments at your school as well.


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Recent residencies have included:

  • University of Arizona | University of Arizona Tuba-Euphonium Studio, Prof. Kelly Thomas
  • New Mexico State University | New Mexico State University Wind Symphony, Monty Hall, conductor; James Shearer, tuba
  • New Mexico State University | Composer-In-Residence, 2012 NMSU Contemporary Arts Festival
  • University of Arizona | University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Prof. Gregg Hanson, conductor
  • Morehead State University | MSU Symphonic Winds, Dr. Richard Miles, conductor
  • Pima Community College | faculty recital, Prof. Mark Nelson and Prof. Kelly Thomas
  • University of South Florida | USF Wind Ensemble, John Carmichael, conductor; Jay Hunsberger, tuba; Brandon Jones, euphonium
  • University of South Florida | USF Tuba-Euphonium Studio, Prof. Jay Hunsberger
  • Murray State University | Murray State University Wind Ensemble, Prof. Dennis Johnson, conductor
  • University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC Wind Ensemble, Dr. José Riojas, conductor
  • University of West Georgia | UWG Wind Ensmble, Dr. Josh Byrd, conductor
  • Concordia University Ann Arbor | Concordia University Wind Ensemble, Dr. William Perrine, conductor

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