Arvo Pärt (left) and me (right) Sorry to all three of my avid fans for saying that I was going to do a journal every day of my residency at the APC, and then being too devoid of energy on the second day to actually follow through on that promise. I'll continue doing them everyday … Continue reading The Biggest Fish
My first day at the Arvo Pärt Centre was surprisingly stressful. Unbeknownst to myself and the staff in charge of the residency, some folks were taking the opportunity granted by the Monday closure of the centre to test the fire alarms. I spent a good amount of my day frantically scribbling sketches...
A large part of the drive that enables me to work on so much each semester is the knowledge that my time at Pomona is limited. Since I decided to become a composer during my sophomore year, I have been profoundly aware of my limited time with a heard of Steinways, large swaths of hard … Continue reading Forward, Backward
This past semester, I had the extraordinary honor of being granted permission to perform Elliott Carter's Elegy for string orchestra on a recital at Pomona College's Lyman Hall. I gathered a group of my friends from the Pomona College Orchestra and we rehearsed the work 4 times before the performance. I was absolutely stunned with the … Continue reading Conducting Elliott Carter’s “Elegy”
highSCORE Festival is today’s leading Italian Contemporary Music Festival The HighSCORE New Music Festival takes place on the outskirts of Pavia, Italy, on what is referred to as Campus Aquae, a set of dorms for the University of Pavia which includes a large community pool next door. In the main area of the campus, there are … Continue reading highSCORE – A Reflection