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Artistic Resume

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Vision Statement

On life’s journey, music has continued to serve as a way of expressing, depicting, and remembering: “Speak, therefore, Music; speak.” (quotation from “A Cry to Music,” a poem by John Masefield)

Highlights

Body of completed musical works consisting of more than one hundred thirty pieces to date

Performance of musical works at Old South Church in Boston (Boston, MA) since December 2001, with current service as Composer-in-Residence

Certification as Artist through the City of Boston (Boston, MA: 2016)

Performance of original hymn written for 200th anniversary of City Mission (Boston): Called to Walk with Sister, Brother, Old South Church in Boston (Boston, MA: October 2016)

Completion of two larger-scale original pieces during second residency as Composer Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA: February-March 2016)

Performance of original and commissioned song settings of Madeleine L’Engle’s poems: “Annunciation” and “After Annunciation,” by Adriana Repetto, soprano and Michael Vetter, organ, on the Feast of Annunciation: March 25, 2015 (Bautzen, Germany)

Pianist and represented composer for Into the Light: A Journey with Jesus of Nazareth, a program for the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists (Boston, MA: June 2014)

Pianist and represented composer for Remembrance and Hope, a program dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, held at Old South Church (April 2014)

Inclusion of musical works on CD recording of Sam Ou and Harry Huff: With String and Pipe (2012)

Performance of original composition, The Bells of Christmas for unaccompanied mixed choir with solo, by Musica Sacra (Mary Beekman, Artistic Director) at First Church, Congregational (Cambridge, MA: December 2011)

Long-standing service for Old South Church in Boston as member: baritone in Chancel Choir (2001-present); member of Music Committee (2007-2015); and periodic pianist (2006-present)

Employment Experience (selected)

Playing of piano (keyboard) for numerous residential communities in the Boston area. Programs seasonal and/or thematic, drawing from repertoire from classical literature, the Great American Songbook, and original music. Communities served representing areas of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Netwonville, and Roslindale (starting in and expanding since 2012)

Composition of original hymn requested for 200th anniversary of City Mission (Boston): Called to Walk with Sister, Brother; hymn written (both words and music) in October 2015

Composition of anthem commissioned by George Sargeant, Associate Organist & Choirmaster, Old South Church in Boston: For the Morning for solo voice, mixed choir, and organ (Text: Psalm 51:15 (KJV), traditional, and words by Phillis Wheatley); work premiered at Old South Church in Boston (May 2014)

Composition of liturgical piece commissioned by Harry L. Huff, Minister of Music, Old South Church in Boston: Magnificat for congregation, two-part mixed choir, and organ (Text: Luke 1:46b-55 (KJV)); work premiered at Old South Church in Boston (January 2012)

Composition of hymn commissioned by Diane Gaucher, on behalf of Old South Church in Boston: You Are the Promise of Tomorrow (Words: Bettina Blake); hymn premiered at Old South Church in Boston (2011)

Completion of arrangement commissioned by Adriana Repetto, Soprano: This is the truth sent from above for soprano and violoncello (Words and tunes: English and German traditional); work premiered at Taylor House (Jamaica Plain: November 2010)

Original Works Performed (selected)

Alleluia: A Response for flute, violoncello, bongo drums, solo voice, congregation, mixed choir, and piano, St. John the Evangelist Parish (Wellesley, MA: 2017)

Our Brother Is Born for flute, French horn, mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church in Boston (Boston, MA: 2016)

Blessed Are the Dead for flute, French horn, violoncello, tenor solo, mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church (2016)

This Is the Day! for unaccompanied mixed choir, Old South Church (2016, 2012)

Let All the Ends of the Earth for soloists, mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church (2016)

There Is No Rose for flute and mixed choir, Old South Church (2015, 2014)

First Christmas for flute, violoncello, and organ, Old South Church (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)

Into the Light for violoncello and organ, Old South Church (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! for brass, percussion, mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church (2015, 2010, 2009)

Still Be Our God for brass, percussion, solo voice, congregation, mixed choir, and piano, Old South Meeting House (Boston, MA: 2015, 2014)

Let Us Love One Another for oboe, solo voice, congregation with cantor, mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church (2014)

Cradle Hymn for violoncello and mixed choir, Old South Church (2013, 2011, 2009, 2008)

Magnificat for congregation, two-part mixed choir, and organ, Old South Church (2013, 2012)

You Are the Promise of Tomorrow: A Hymn for congregation and organ, Old South Church (2013, 2012, 2011)

The Day of New Beginnings for mixed choir and piano, Old South Church (2013, 2010, 2009, 2006)

Make Ye a Joyful Noise for brass, handbells, timpani, congregation, mixed choir, and piano (2011 revision), Old South Meeting House (2011)

Lento cantabile from Rhapsody for violoncello and piano, Goddard House (Brookline, MA: 2011)

Towards Shalom: Songs for Peace for voice and piano, Old South Church (2009, 2007)

Sing Alleluia! for brass, mixed choir, and organ with timpani, Old South Church (2002)

YouTube Presentations (selected)

Sea-Fever for voice and piano (2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUOnfHewNTQ

Elina Rose for piano solo (2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvSYuHuLptg

To Sing to a Butterfly for piano solo (2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC_5S-8s_mc

This Is the Day! for unaccompanied mixed choir (2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQmdM-Pf9ds

Into the Light for violoncello and organ (2012): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRS2QC_jNBg

Life-long Learning

Class member of course: “Words to Live By: Key Terms in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” held at Hebrew College (Newton, MA: Fall semester, 2014)

Auditor of course: “The American Spirit in Music,” held at Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, MA: Spring semester, 2011)

Fellow in week-long composer workshop with Alice Parker (Hawley, MA: October 2006)

Education

Indiana University, School of Music (Bloomington): M.M. in Music Theory (1997)

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): A.B. in Music, cum laude (1994)

Personal

Service with the Congregational Care and Support Committee, Old South Church in Boston (2006-2014)

Ongoing membership in American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and Pi Kappa Lambda