EMBLEMS is a wind quintet and collective of musicians who value individuality, storytelling, and collaboration. June 3rd we are giving a concert at the University of Oregon featuring some of our favorite works for wind quintet and a world premiere by Nathan Thatcher, commissioned by Emblems with the support of the Barlow Endowment for Musical Composition. The program will last approximately 50 minutes and the quintet will stay afterward for socialization and Q&A. Special thanks to the University of Oregon SOMD for hosting us!

SEEGER, Ruth Crawford - Suite (1952)
KARLSSON, Finnur - Mirrors (2010)
RUMSEY, Brandon Scott - Emblems (2016)
THATCHER, Nathan - Terms of Venery (2018)


My work that was composed for Third Angle New Music and Tony Arnold will be performed in Portland, Oregon on October 21, 2017 at 5pm at the Bowstring Truss House. The evening will also feature world premieres by my colleagues taking part in the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music: David Coll, Hitomi Oba, Dave Reminick, Nina Shekhar, and Carlos Simon. Together with Gabriela, Tony, and Third Angle, we workshopped all pieces in Boonville, California during March 2017. Click here a PDF of the program!


Trade Winds Ensemble has been an inspiration to me since forming several years ago, and now I am thrilled to be joining the TWQ team on an upcoming project. Together, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a project taking place in Chicago in June! Please take a moment today to learn more about what we're up to this summer and consider contributing if possible -- any amount helps!

Trade Winds Quintet is a wind quintet who has partnered with organizations in East Africa, but this summer will do so here in our own country. This summer's curriculum will mirror the one that TWQ implemented in East Africa—to teach social-emotional skills through the arts and facilitate the artistic expression of our students. This summer, I'm joining the team as composer-in-residence to create a composition curriculum for the students we will be working with in Chicago. For two weeks, we will partner with local organizations: RefugeeOne and The People’s Music School.

At RefugeeOne, an organization that provides opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution, we will work with children who are new to Chicago, and use music to help them through their transition to life in America. The People’s Music School is a non-profit that provides tuition free music lessons to thousands of Chicago children each year. We will offer summer programming to supplement these lessons. We will also connect these two organizations so our RefugeeOne students have the chance to take music lessons at The People's Music School following our camp.

Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music – Preview Video

In 2017, I will be participating in the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy for Music. This first session, taking place in Boonville, California, involves seminar discussions with other participant composers, coachings with mentor Gabriela Lena Frank, and a reading session with Tony Arnold and the Third Angle String Quartet. All of this takes place in an unique, intimate setting that is focused on community involvement, cultivating a richly collaborative learning environment, and vigorous attention to the creative process. The culmination of this Academy will be a performance of my new work and the work of the participant composers in Third Angle's hometown of Portland, Oregon in October 2017. My piece Invocation underscores the opening of the preview video here.


Scarsdale Aussie Adventure to feature 'Wanderlust'

Conductor Jason Noble will lead his marvelous Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble on a tour of Melbourne (at the Edge Theatre, pictured here) and Sydney where the group will perform works by John Mackey, John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger, and my work Wanderlust commissioned by the Scarsdale band. The Scarsdale HS Wind Ensemble has performed on stages in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and three times in five years at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Please see the Events page for more information about the location of their concerts!


Emblems Quintet Launch

I have launched the Emblems Quintet along with my colleagues Merryl Monard, Alex Hayashi, Clarissa Osborn, and Caroline Steiger. We have been reaching out to composers around the world to submit their music as well as repertoire suggestions that enliven aspects of our mission statement. Our online presence has taken off thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. During May and June, we are recording works to build our portfolio and offline presence as well. Learn more about Emblems.



On June 8, 2016, the Trade Winds Quintet will premiere Emblems for wind quintet at the Umoja Centre, a youth organization in Arusha, Tanzania as a part of their residency that includes teaching, workshops, and performances. This will be the first performance of my concert works outside of the United States, and I am honored that the Trade Winds Quintet has commissioned this piece for their residency!

Breaking Ground on DMA Dissertation

I have previously set two of American poet Geoffrey Nutter's incredible poems in my cycles In the Primal Garden and Remembering the Clouds. For my DMA dissertation work, I am collaborating with Mr. Nutter who is creating several texts exclusively for a new song cycle that will be completed in 2017. To learn more about Geoffrey Nutter, check out this feature on or his writer's page on Wave Books.


BNMI Selects 'limelight' for 2015–16 season

Limelight (look/listen) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano has been selected for a performance in Boston, Mass. for the Boston New Music Initiative 2015–16 season! More details for the upcoming season will be posted soon. Limelight was composed, workshopped, and premiered at Brevard Music Center during the summer of 2013.

stem selects 'epitaph' for fall performances

Epitaph for a Darling Lady (look/listen) for soprano, clarinet, and piano has been selected for three fall performances by the incredible trio, sTem, out of New York City. For more details about their performances, check out the Events page. Epitaph for a Darling Lady was composed and premiered at Brevard Music Center during the summer of 2012.