Past Events

Sheet music for A thousand cuts coming soon!

May
21
2022

OPUS 7 IN CONCERT
University Congregational Church
4515 - 16th Ave NE, Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Opus 7 performed my song Love Tender Breathing Fragrant for SATBB at their spring concert featuring music by Northwest composers. This piece explores a small, potent text by J.D. Fendell in musing on love: its myopic nature, its intensity, its fragility, its capriciousness, and its evanescence.

March
19
2022

MPLS IN CONCERT
Wellstone Center
St. Paul, Minnesota

MPLS (imPulse) premiered the SSATB version of my song In the Moment at their spring concert presenting vocal works with texts by children. The lyrics for this piece are from a poem by seven-year-old Hilda Conkling (as written down by her mother, poet Grace Conkling) and call to mind the focused, imaginative world of a child admiring a butterfly. Written during the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918-1919, the text is a powerful reminder to stay in the moment when the world is overwhelming. Also available as a solo art song for high voice with very simple piano accompaniment here.

February
5
2022

FEAR NO MUSIC IN CONCERT
Streaming concert at 11 am and 8 pm
From Oregon

My new piece "A thousand cuts" for Bb clarinet and string quartet was part of a program of new music on social and racial justice, environmental themes, and bridging divisions in society performed and recorded by Fear No Music and written at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium last summer.

January
16
2022

ACDA Reading Session
OMEA Conference

Eugene, Oregon

December
5,11, & 12
2021

OMEA members joined the reading session to hear my Gathering Round called Singing Time for four or more voices in any octave with optional guitar (tab included!), along with choral music from a host of wonderful composers.

 

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS IN CONCERT
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, OR

These festive concerts sell out every year and feature a seasonal program of favorite carols and sweeping productions, like Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols for choir and organ, on the program this time, along with my arrangements of The Holly and the Ivy for SATB choir a cappella and The Cherry Tree Carol for SATB choir with a new cello accompaniment. 

December
19-26
2021

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS ADULT AND YOUTH CHOIRS IN CONCERT
Virtual Performance
From Portland, OR

The intrepid and wonderful Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choirs joined the adults in the Oregon Repertory Singers for a video-on-demand streaming concert of fall and winter music. With singers in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, each new youth choir song has lyrics based on conversations we had together earlier in the fall with pumpkins, leaf piles, holidays, family, friends, gratitude, and slugs (!) all make appearances (links to sheet music below). The adult choir delivered a gorgeous performance of new and old holidays favorites (links to sheet music above).

November
28
2021

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS YOUTH CHOIR IN CONCERT
Virtual Performance
From Portland, OR

This was performance day for the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir! As their new Composer-in-Residence, I wrote new music for each youth ensemble during this session, and enjoyed connecting with young voices and minds, as well as showing them what a composer is (how old were you when you first met a composer?). I'm thrilled to be coordinating all this new music with ORSYC Artistic Director Aubrey Patterson, who is also a friend and collaborator. Aubrey is energetic, inspiring, engaging, educational, and all-around amazing: if I were still in the K-12 age range, she's the one I'd want to sing with! If you know kids who love or want to learn more about how to sing, you can find out more here.

October
23 & 24
2021

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS IN CONCERT
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, OR

My friends and colleagues at the Oregon Repertory Singers performed a beautiful, moving, and inspiring concert for their in-person return to the concert hall. Featuring old favorites and new sounds, including my song "Close Distancing," this event was a landmark reunion of singers and audience. 

October
8
2021

OREGON ACDA FALL READING SESSION
Taylor-Meade Performance Center, McCready Hall, Pacific University
2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR

My new piece "Close Distancing" was featured on the Oregon American Choral Directors Association reading session. Sheet music and a preview recording by the Oregon Repertory Singers is available here and on JW Pepper. Hope you can make it!

September
19
2021

SOUNDS CHORAL RADIO BROADCAST
WWFM
New Jersey

My longtime friend and musical champion, Ethan Sperry, is a host on the streaming radio program Sounds Choral, a weekly exploration of varying themes and sounds in choral music. He featured Oregon Repertory Singers' wonderful recording of my piece Sudden Light, keeping good company with additional music on the theme of infinity from Conspirare, Kantorei, and Polyphony. The program airs every Sunday at 11 am PT on wwfm.org, and you can hear it on demand the next day and afterward. Recommend!

July
24
2021

THE LETTER PREMIERE
Livestream from Chicago

The Letter, my first dip into the world of musical theater and my latest adventure with playwright and librettist E.M. Lewis, is a short musical that captures a pivotal moment in the life of a young woman at a crossroads. This Chicago Dramatists' production received a COVID-safe virtual performance, which you can now watch and enjoy here. The score for three voices (SAB) and piano, suitable for online performances (obvs) and in-person recitals, is available at the link below.

July
22
2021

SOUNDS CHORAL RADIO BROADCAST
WWFM
New Jersey

I virtually presented Love Tender Breathing Fragrant, a favorite piece of mine, to the Washington chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Welcome to those of you joining me from there! Here's a lovely rendition of this piece from summer of 2020, performed by the stellar Radiance Choir in Seattle. Sheet music for this SATBB piece on the intensity and fragility of love is available at the link below.

June
2021

BREATHING IN THIS MOMENT VIRTUAL PREMIERE
West Linn High School Symphonic Choir
West Linn, Oregon

My choral piece, "Breathing in This Moment," a finalist for the American Choral Directors Association Genesis Prize, received premiere performances for SATB choir with solo cello by a fantastic commissioning consortium of choirs in the Portland area:

The pantoum-inspired lyrics by my friend and colleague, E.M. Lewis, feature a repeated line that shifts in placement and meaning in the verses as we follow a doctor through her day with a musical mixture of major and minor modes in triple and quadruple rhythms, mirroring her unsettled emotions. Centered around the idea of breath, this piece captures both a personal and a collective experience of the pandemic in connection, determination, fear, horror, empathy, strength, and hope. It's a snapshot in time of experiences we've all witnessed.

Students of West Linn High School Symphonic Choir put together a lovely video montage to accompany their virtual performance of the piece, which you can view at the link below. Sheet music will be available on my website after the commissioning consortium premiere window ends October 15, 2021.

Breathing In This Moment sheet music coming soon

May
19 & 23
2021

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS IN A VIRTUAL CONCERT
Live event and on-demand streaming
From Portland, Oregon

The last time I got to sing in person with all of the Oregon Repertory Singers was almost 15 months ago. Turns out we're dangerous. Nonetheless, the relentless energy of our artistic director, Ethan Sperry, kept us together via Zoom at first, and then via virtual choir projects, our successful virtual gala, car choir, and finally distanced, in-person, small-group singing recorded live. Hear the fruits of all that creative labor TONIGHT at 7 pm PST or this SUNDAY at 4 pm PST. We're singing renaissance music, a genre close to my heart and an apt metaphor for the rebirth of the choir moving forward.

March
18-20
2021

ACDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Virtual event

 

If you'll be online at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference this weekend, come visit me and the rest of the composers who are alive and writing new music for choir! Despite the format, I'm looking forward to being able to hear ALL the concerts, readings, and sessions, instead of just one for each time slot, and I have plans to connect with friends and fellow attendees virtually for catch-up sessions. Choral friends, see you there!

February
24
2021

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS VIRTUAL GALA
Virtual event
From Portland, Oregon

 

It's been a wild new year here in Portland between a deluge of projects and stormy power outages. Here's some good news: a happy silver lining to having power restored and to everything moving online for the last million months is that I can now invite all of you the Oregon Repertory Singers' Gala this year! Typically a sold-out, in-person, annual event, the virtual livestream format will bring our choir to your headphones or speakers wherever you are. Some highlights:

  • It's free!

  • We're celebrating artistic director Ethan Sperry's tenth anniversary leading the choir!

  • A stellar lineup of individual choristers have created a lovely pre-show of uplifting music (6 pm)!

  • The choir performs music from across the centuries and genres along with video treats (6:30 pm)!

  • I put on my audio production hat and mixed the choir songs from individual recordings all the singers made at home (part of the project deluge above – see a snapshot of a mix below)!

Join us live this Wednesday, February 24, at 6 pm. PST
Invite your friends – I'd love to see you there!

December
8
2020

THE SPERRY SESSIONS WITH STACEY PHILIPPS
A choral conversation and concert with Ethan Sperry and Stacey Philipps
From Portland, Oregon

In the Beforetimes, we in the Oregon Repertory Singers would be polishing our holiday tunes in rehearsals leading up to multiple days of sold-out concerts full of carols. We miss each other and all of it!

Next week, we'll do the best we can by coming together online to celebrate the season with a program of my music, featuring new Christmas carol arrangements, new songs for this curious year, and a now-old favorite from our album Shadows on the Stars.

Please mark your calendar and click the links below to join us for YouTube or Facebook livestreams next Tuesday evening at 7 pm Pacific. As part of the program, Ethan Sperry, Artistic Director of the Oregon Repertory Singers, will host a live interview with me about my music and likely other wide-ranging topics. Bring your questions for the interactive live chat, or just sit back and enjoy. Either way, tune in for the performance and live conversation! This event is free and open to all – share the link and invite your friends!

October
10
2020

DELGANI STRING QUARTET IN CONCERT
Cascadia Composers Virtual Event
From Eugene, Oregon

 

Delgani String Quartet hails from Eugene, Oregon, and I've had the pleasure of working with them on a number of concerts. This online concert of music by several members of Cascadia Composers will feature solos and duets from members of the quartet, along with a full ensemble performance from the before-times all coming to you from the comfort of your screen.

I originally wrote my piece "The blackbird whirled" as part of a song cycle for Delgani String Quartet and mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher. I've arranged this movement for Delgani cellist Eric Alterman to perform as a solo, and he sounds amazing. This will be the last piece on a short, free concert of about 30 minutes of music. Hope you can join us!

June
27
2020

RADIANCE COLLABORATION CONCERT
Livestreamed concert
From Seattle, Washington

 

Here's a wee but shining silver lining to losing in-person concerts in these C-19 times: now every single one of you is warmly invited to join the online audience to hear Seattle’s fabulous Radiance perform a song of mine on a concert of music by living composers with additional performances by Graveyard GirlsSoundCity Singers, and Magi Ensemble. Join us live tomorrow, June 27, on Facebook for a pre-concert chat at 6:40 pm PDT with music beginning at 7:00 PDT.

April
30
2020

SOPRANO ARWEN MYERS ON ALL CLASSICAL
Thursdays @ Three
Portland, Oregon

 

If you didn't have a chance to hear the marvelous Arwen Myers perform for Artslandia's Happy Hour earlier this month, I invite you to tune in to All Classical's Thursdays @ Three this week. Arwen commissioned and recorded new music from almost a dozen of her composer colleagues who sent her songs from quarantine. My new piece In the Moment will be on the program, along with songs that are in turn moving, gorgeous, funny, and inspiring. Enjoy listening this Thursday at 3 pm at the link below or in Portland on the old-fashioned radio, 89.9 All Classical!

April
8
2020

SOPRANO ARWEN MYERS ON ALL CLASSICAL
Thursdays @ Three
Portland, Oregon

 

I wrote a new song for my friend and colleague Arwen, who will be performing from her living room for Artslandia’s live streaming happy hour on Wednesday, April 8, at 5 pm. Please mark your calendar and tune in online to hear her sparkling voice on many wonderful pieces, new and old. The link below is live every day at 5 pm with a new streaming performance.

February
15
2020

CONCERT MOSAIC
New music and art by Northwest women
Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

 

Folks, this concert is going to be cool. Check it out:

  • 7 brand new pieces on the program

  • 7 women composers from Portland and around the Northwest

  • 7 artists we composers have collaborated with and drawn inspiration from

  • 1 concert 

  • 1 pop-up art gallery reception after the concert

  • Tons of interesting music and artwork to hear and see up close and in person. One night only!

My brand new song cycle "Looking at a Blackbird" will be premiered by mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher and Delgani String Quartet at Concert Mosaic. Inspired by both the poetry of Wallace Stevens and the charismatic work of nature photographer Karen Drain, this piece rounds out a program of captivating chamber music for string quartet, clarinet, French horn, percussion, and singers. Don't miss it! Skip the line and get your tickets now!

P.S. Read up on everyone who is working to make this evening of music and art in Cascadia Composers' FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds.

January
19
2020

ACDA READING SESSION AT OMEA CONFERENCE
New music presentation
Wilder/Hansberry Room, Eugene Graduate Center
Eugene, Oregon

 

I'll be presenting three pieces to choral conductors attending the Oregon Music Education Association's state conference in Eugene this month. The first time I interacted with the OMEA was as a high school singer in the all-state choir, lo, these many years ago. It's amazing to come full circle and be presenting my music to an organization that helped me on my musical journey from the beginning.

December
8, 13, &15
2019

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS IN CONCERT
First United Methodist Church
1828 SW Jefferson
Portland, Oregon

 

Join us for songs of the season featuring old favorites and new sounds, from the sublime to the silly. One of our guest choirs joining us from West Linn High School will be performing a new arrangement of my piece Aurora Borealis for SATB choir December 13 only! These concerts sell out every year, so pick a date and make a plan. I hope to see you in the audience.

October
12 & 13
2019

IN MULIERIBUS IN CONCERT
First United Methodist Church
October 12, 7:30 pm
Providence Academy Chapel, 400 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington
October 13, 3:00 pm
The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

 

The amazing In Mulieribus will perform a new piece of mine written for their program celebrating Barbara Strozzi, Venetian composer and singer extraordinaire. I set old Italian lyrics from one of her songs to new music for SSAA and Baroque cello, mixing a modern sound with the timeless feelings of the delightful and devastating emotions of love in a piece called Sospira, respira. If you haven't heard these incredible singers, I can't recommend their concerts enough. If you have, you know what I'm talking about. Not to be missed!

June
20, 22, & 23
2019

OREGON CHORAL IN CONCERT
June 20, 7:30 pm
McKenzie Theatre, La Grande, Oregon
June 22, 7:00 pm
Christian Church, Enterprise, Oregon
June 23, 7:00 pm
Baker Heritage Museum, Baker City, Oregon

 

The Oregon Chorale is taking their spring concert on the road and performing a program of some of my favorite Northwest composers on a tour of Eastern Oregon. Visit any location above to hear a gorgeous concert, including my piece Sudden Light.

June
14

2019

CHORAL ARTS INITIATIVE IN CONCERT
Premiere Project Festival
St. Mark Presbyterian
2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, California

 

I'm thrilled and honored to be a part of the Premiere Project Festival featuring the amazing Choral Arts Initiative again this year. Choral composers from all over the country attend this festival of workshops, presentations, and networking, culminating in a concert of all-newly commissioned works. This year, my Christmas-in-June carol, Lo, how a rose e'er blooming for SATB with divisi will receive its first performance by this stellar ensemble. If you're in the Los Angeles area, please join us!

May
18

2019

RESONANCE ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT
Women Singing Women
Cerimon House
5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon

 

Resonance Ensemble is one of Portland's finest choirs, and artistic director Katherine FitzGibbon is putting women front and center on the stage and in the program. Presenting works by poet-in-residence S. Renee Mitchell, the newly commissioned LISTEN by Melissa Dunphy, my piece Witch Trial for SSAA a cappella, and more music written and performed by women, this encore performance of a powerful concert shares the experiences and strength of women.

Another note: this concert sold out in advance of the first performance in February. Don't wait to get tickets for May 18!

May
18

2019

MUSIC THAT BINDS US
Ebersohl and Friends in Concert
Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

 

Violist Christina Ebersohl is producing a compelling concert of newly commissioned music in a live performance of varying combinations of strings, piano, clarinet, and percussion in combination with personal stories of love, hope, and loss. My piece Overwhelmed with the lights for live string quartet and fixed media recounts a young man's childhood memory of immigrating from his war-torn hometown of Baghdad to Los Angeles.


Please note: this concert is free, but you do need to reserve a ticket! Click below to do so – fewer than 100 remain! Or if that's too much trouble, just email me, and I'll reserve tickets for you!

February
3

2019

RESONANCE ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT
Women Singing Women
Cerimon House
5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Resonance Ensemble is one of Portland's finest choral ensembles, and artistic director Katherine FitzGibbon is putting women front and center, both on the stage and in the program. Presenting works by poet-in-residence S. Renee Mitchell, the newly commissioned LISTEN by Melissa Dunphy, my piece Witch Trial, and more music written and performed by women, this will be an electrifying concert about the experiences and strength of women.

October
19

2018

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS ALBUM RELEASE DAY
Shadows on the Stars

Available everywhere you stream and purchase music!

I'm thrilled to let you know that Oregon Repertory Singers' gorgeous new album, Shadows on the Stars, is available everywhere today! Featuring choral music from the Pacific Northwest, the album includes Morten Lauridsen's fabulous Madrigali, along with works by Joan SzymkoJohn MuelheisenNaomi LaVioletteGiselle Wyers, and meOrder today – you're going to love it!

If you're in Portland, email me to purchase an old-fashioned CD –
I'll deliver it to you personally.

November
7

2018

NAOMI LAVIOLETTE IN CONCERT
Music of Steven Goodwin
The Old Church
Portland, Oregon

Naomi is a wonderful pianist, composer, and friend, and she's recording a live album at The Old Church in Portland on November 7. The program includes new songs, old favorites, and music by Steven Goodwin and the Saving His Music Project. I've arranged two of Steve's songs for a chamber ensemble, featuring Naomi and musicians from the Oregon Symphony. Hope to see you there!

March
3
2018

(DIS)CONNECT
New Music for Challenging Times
 a Burn After Listening production
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 North Interstate, 
Portland, Oregon

After a fiery, sold-out debut concert series in 2017, my composer collective, Burn After Listening, lights up the stage with another musical adventure. This year, the vibrant visual and acoustic space at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is the scene of a concert exploring the connections and disconnections between us.

Featuring all new chamber, vocal, acoustic, and electronic music by three Portland composers – Lisa Ann MarshStacey Philipps, and Jennifer Wright – (Dis)connect promises an evening of new music to engage, provoke, connect, and explore our challenging times.

The smokin’ new music premiered by some of Portland's top performers features works for Delgani String Quartet in acoustic and amplified settings, a shocking electro-acoustic remix, an illuminated work for dancer and violist Christina Ebersohl, amplified Skeleton Piano, and an evocative, rain-soaked song cycle featuring mezzo-soprano Laura Beckel Thoreson and set to text by Oregon writer, Katie Boehnlein.

April
28 & 29
2017

FIRE + ICE
A Burn After Listening production
PLACE studio
735 NW 18th Avenue, 
Portland, Oregon

Join us as the stunning PLACE warehouse hosts an adventurous multi-sensory concert exploring the elemental extremes of fiery intensity, icy stillness, and the fluid waterworlds between. 
 
This debut event of the new composer collective, Burn After Listening, features new chamber, vocal, acoustic, and electronic music by three Portland composers – Lisa Ann MarshStacey Philipps, and Jennifer Wright – and remarkable artwork from multimedia Finnish sculptor, Melita Westerlund.
 
The smokin’ new music to be premiered by some of Portland's top performers combines electro-acoustic submerged soundscapes, an acrobatic piano duet full of fireworks, ethereal chamber music evoking the elements, and amplified songs of melting glaciers. The sounds of ice instruments, otherworldly piano techniques, strings and woodwinds, and haunting songs of change will mix in an unforgettable landscape of art at this unique concert/happening, a Design Week Portland featured event.

Tickets on sale now! Two nights! VIP packages available!
Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, at 7:30 pm
PLACE Studio, 735 NW 18th Ave, Portland

March
5
2017

FRIENDS OF RAIN IN CONCERT
Forces of Nature
Agnes Flanaga Chapel
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Friends of Rain presents "Forces of Nature," a concert of music by local composers, including my piano trio, "One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain," performed by Holland Phillips, violin, Stephanie Thompson, piano, and David Eby, cello.

Tickets at the door only

November
18
2016

MY SWEETEST LIFE
The Ensemble in Concert
Friday, November 18, 7:00 pm
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E 4th Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington
Saturday, November 19, 7:00 pm
Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street, Eugene, Oregon
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 pm
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland, Oregon

I'm thrilled to announce the world premiere of a piece I wrote for SATBB choir called "Love Tender Breathing Fragrant," which was selected for performance by The Ensemble, Oregon's premiere professional vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble under the direction of Patrick McDonough. Even better, it will be featured on a program that includes works by one of my favorite experimental early music composers (and genuine twisted weirdo), Carlo Gesualdo, along with more new music by my colleagues in Cascadia Composers.

November
11 &13
2016

NEW MUSES
A Choral Concert of Music by and About Women
First United Methodist Church
1828 SW Jefferson
Portland, Oregon

The award-winning Portland State Chamber Choir will have some fun with my new piece, "Morning," part of a whole program of music by and about women. Portland State's Man Choir and Vox Femina will also be performing at these provocative and inspiring concerts.

November
10
2016

THE DIVINE FEMME
Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

I will be in the audience listening to the world premiere of a tricky but very silly piece I wrote for SATB choir entitled, "Morning." Sounds like it might be straightforward enough, but in addition to some beautiful, lyrical sections, this little piece has few words, funny sounds, and offbeat rhythms. To say more would spoil the surprise, but I think you'll smile when you hear it. I'm delighted that the international champion Portland State Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ethan Sperry, will be performing the piece at this concert and in their fall concerts listed below.
 
In addition, my very Portland work for piano trio, "One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain" will receive a stellar performance by violinist Nelly Kovalev, cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, and pianist Julia Hwakyu Lee, and the program will also feature vocal, chamber, and choral works by my excellent friends and colleagues in composition, Lisa Ann MarshRenée Favand-See, and Bonnie Miksch. This concert is free and open to the public (but also fills quickly as all the music students grab seats) and runs just under an hour with no intermission.

Free concert!