Hi Friends, Hope you’re staying safe and well. I’m really excited to let you know about some of the upcoming premieres and performances in the year ahead: This week, the remarkable Omega Ensemble gives the Australian premiere of Nervous Systems, a new clarinet quintet jointly commissioned by Omega alongside the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Third Angle New Music, and Chatter.…

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I’m tremendously excited to announce a new version of Liminal Highway for saxophone, premiered by the amazing Chicago-based saxophonist, Julian Velasco. It was incredibly fun to arrange this piece for sax (and harmonicas! and beer bottles!) and it’s out now on Cedille Records. It’s available from all of the major platforms. The score and electronics…

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Hello friends! Just popping in here to say that the reaction to In a Grove has been wildly more positive than I could have imagined. So far it’s been called “brilliant,” (Classical Voice America) “outstanding,” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) “alluring,” (WSJ)  “world-class,” (onStage Pittsburgh), and “a revelation” (Pittsburgh Quarterly). Most importantly, the audiences have taken to it…

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Hello friends, I hope you have weathered the recent storms (literal and emotional) and past year.  There’s a lot of exciting projects I’m looking forward to sharing with you this year and releasing all these “quarantine” compositions that are eager to escape my apartment.  A few of my new works include two cello works: Exhalation…

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So thrilled to share this profile done by Seth Colter Walls of the New York Times. He really gets my work and it’s reviewed in a very in-depth fashion. And if that ain’t enough good news for one day, Timo Andres has done an amazing new video and performance of Hoyt–Schermerhorn. Check it out!

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Dear Friends, A quick note to say my new album, The Arching Path, is now available everywhere from In a Circle Records. Featuring close collaborators Timo Andres, Lindsay Kesselman, Ian Rosenbaum, and Mingzhe Wang, and produced by Mike Tierney, it’s an electro-acoustic, piano-driven record that features some of my favorite recent chamber pieces. You can buy or stream the record from your favorite outlet here, or…

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Dear Friends, Hope you’re doing well! My new concerto for brass and orchestra, A Body, Moving, will premiere tonight, digitally, via the Cincinnati Symphony website. The piece was performed live a few weeks ago for a small, appreciative audience and featured the amazing talents of trumpeter Robert Sullivan, tubist Chris Olka, and conductor Louis Langrée. It will…

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Dear Friends, I’m thrilled to announce two big projects.  First, my new album, The Arching Path, is available for pre-order. It will be released on May 21, 2021 by In a Circle Records, and you can preview and pre-order it now via Bandcamp. It features my ongoing collaborators Timo Andres, Ian Rosenbaum, Lindsay Kesselman, and Mingzhe Wang; it has art by Timo,…

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Dear Friends, Hope your year is off to a good start, considering the continued insanity surrounding us. As Brecht wrote: “In the dark times / Will there also be singing? / Yes, there will also be singing / About the dark times.” It is in that spirit that I bring tidings of my life: First, this coming January…

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A few things! I’m so honored that the New York Times has singled the performance of my piece Don’t Look Down as one of the best classical events of 2020. You can view that performance here. And! You can listen to the first movement of a forthcoming collaboration with Lorelei Ensemble and projection artist Hannah…

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