The Wordless Book, a piano suite in four movements, was recently selected for performance at the 2013 International Conference of the College Music Society. The work was one of only 11 pieces selected by blind committee review from over 200 submissions. The conference was held in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina and the work was peformed by my beautiful and talented wife, Carrie Blythe Davies, for whom it was composed. It was a wonderful conference attended by great people and I was honored to be among them.
The Preview Performance is now behind us! Cantate Domino, which was performed by the Houghton College Choral Union and the Rochester Oratorio Society Orchestra at Wesley Chapel in Houghton on October 4th and at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester on October 6th. Next up, the official World Premiere at Carnegie Hall on March 9th.
Presentation at University of Notre Dame
In the fall of 2012 I was honored to have been invited to give a presentation on my music at the innagural conference of Graduate Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation focused on the challenges of bridging the expectation gap between art and functional sacred music and used my work O the Depth as illustration. The keynote speaker at the conference was none other than renowned Scottish composer James MacMillan.
CFAMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
In October of 2013 I served as Program Chair and Conference Host for the National Conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC). With six concerts and six paper presentations in two days, as well as record high participation, the event was a rousing success! A great deal of thanks go to my colleagues and students at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
I am honored to have been one of 20 individuals nationally to have been selected for particiaption in the 2014 Leadership Development Institute, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Follow this link for more information about the institute:
NEW FACULTY POSITION
I'm excited to announce that I'll be joining the music faculty of Texas A&M University - Commece starting in the Fall of 2014!
The American Prize 2014
My recent work for SATB Choir and Orchestra, Cantate Domino, was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the 2104 American Prize for Choral Composition.
Astraios Chamber Music Premieres Fast Track
Specially commissioned by Astraios for their first ever Gala concert, Fast Track is scored for 2 Flutes, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Percussion, Violin, and Viola. See the Recordings Page for a recording of the performance.
Get Up and Move Premiered
A new chamber work for Piano, Marimba, and Flute was premiered on the Vision of Sound Concert series with choreography by Cheryl Johnson under the title of Apparition. The work was performed in Syracuse, Geneva, and New York City.
2 Conference Presentations
Songs of Supplication was recently performed at the 2014 CFAMC National Conference held at Biola University and also at the 2015 SCI Region VI Conference held at Henderson State University.
Summer 2015 Performances
It was a busy summer in Texas! Get Up and Move was performed at both the Texas Flute Symposium at A&M-Commerce and the North Texas Keyboard Percussion Symposium at the University of North Texas.