Cuomo vs. Copland

Preface: Last week, I presented the paper, “From Copland to Weezer: Variations on a Shaker Theme” at the SWPCA conference in Albuquerque, NM. Below, I’ve modified the presentation to fit the format of a blog (somewhat), focusing on Cuomo’s use of Simple Gifts and apparent homage to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The embedded Prezi contains […]

a Rose by any other name

I don’t get it. This coming January, 2014 the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is offering a single “themed” concert as part of their season: “Go back in time once again with this season’s Time Machine. The theme is composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as a visionary, dreamer, and traveler. Join the CSO as we take you on […]

the importance of Venue

Over the last few months, we have been preparing for our inaugural Treefalls concert here in the upstate of South Carolina. The community has been wonderfully supportive, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the amount of positive feedback regarding contemporary chamber music. The fact that so many are passionate about the project, are actively and […]

Southwest PCA/ACA

Below is the abstract for a paper I’ll be presenting at the 2014 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, NM. Over the next few months, portions of the paper will be posted on this site as well. From Copland to Weezer: Variations on a Shaker Theme Simple Gifts has been arranged for a wide […]

“Musical Humor and
Beethoven’s Symphonic Scherzi”

Musical Humor and Beethoven’s Symphonic Scherzi is a study of the historical importance of musical humor, exemplified by the lasting effects of Beethoven’s compositional choices. In toying with expectations derived from established Classical Period models, Beethoven helped change formal and structural traditions. This change is apparent in the decisions made by future composers who emulated […]


I tore open the gift, unwrapping the heavy, box-like object quickly. One glance at the title and I knew what it was – the book I’d asked for for Christmas. Smiling, I thanked my parents. My brothers asked me what it was, and I held it up displaying the title clearly. “Who’s it about,” someone […]