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am sometimes motivated intrinsically or I may be stimulated by the
opportunity to write music that is meaningful for an individual or
ensemble. I always place myself in the “listener’s chair” as I
begin to draft ideas for a new work. Organizing musical and/or
poetic ideas in a logical way can dramatically help draw an audience
in as active participants. One should never underestimate the
power of a well-crafted melodic line. Am I then able to add a
passel of harmonic twists, layered textures, interesting
counterpoint and subtle rhythmic variations?
Boiling Springs (2008)
Commissioned by the Boiling Springs High School Band in honor of director Jeffrey Noble's retirement after 40 years as director of bands in the South Middleton School District.
Mount Gretna (2006)
Commissioned by PMEA District 7 for its annual
Youth Band and Orchestra Fest. In memory of music educator Rodney Miller
Blue and White (2006)
by the Belair (Maryland) High School Reunion Band. Ray Dombrowski,
Jubilee Day (2003)
by the Wildcat Foundation and the Mechanicsburg Area School District.
In celebration of the opening of the new Mechanicsburg Middle
School. Includes parts for
3 voice choir (SAB), piano and narrator. Dale Hoke and Gary Weber, directors.
Penn Street Green (2002)
by the Carlisle Area School District in honor of the 75th
anniversary of the Carlisle High School Band. Davie Rohrer, director.
Cedar Cliff Celebration
by the West Shore School District in celebration of the re-opening of
the renovated Cedar Cliff High School. David Knott, director.
Dewi's (St. David’s) Day
for the 1996 Adams County Junior High School Band Festival. Based on
three Welsh folk songs. John
William Jones, director.
Midwinter Overture (1994)
by Swatara Junior High School in Central Dauphin School District.
Mick Cochran, director.
Kumbla Dances (1993)
by the Mechanicsburg Area High School Band Boosters to celebrate its
1994 Fiesta Bowl appearance. Michael
A Bright Sky (1990)
by the Millersville University Symphonic Band.
Keith Wiley, director.
Variations On An Ancient Irish
loure and fantasy & chorale based on “Be Thou My Vision.”
by the Gerald Christianson family for the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra
and jazz quintet
For The People
and composer's notes
Dedicated to The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in Celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.
An oratorio for brass band, soprano, tenor, baritone, and woodwind octet.
to PA Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Winter Presence (2008)
Dedicated to the Gettysburg College Choir and director Robert Natter. Text from British poet Stephen Leake's Presence.
Caldey Variants (2007)
and variations commissioned by the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra for
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violist Mary Hammann and the GCO.
Meet Me At The Majestic! The
Road To Yesterday (2005)
to Gettysburg College and the Adams County community. In celebration of the grand re-opening of the Majestic
Theater on its 80th anniversary.
Orchestra, SATB choir, jazz quartet and narrator. Rob
Glory Ridge (2001)
by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and the Gettysburg
Chamber Orchestra to honor the 175th anniversary of the
founding of the seminary. A
cantata in five movements for chamber orchestra, SATB choir, percussion,
and soloists. Norman
A Stephen Foster Tribute (1998)
arrangement of four Foster tunes for 16 mixed winds and strings, soprano
Wales: Land Of My Fathers
trioedds (triads) for orchestra, SATB choir, soloists, harp, and
narrator. A collection of
arrangements of Welsh folks songs, hymn tunes and original music from
“The Land of Song.” John
William Jones, conductor and Beth Phillips Brown, Celtic storyteller.
Grant Us Wisdom: A Centennial
by Grace Lutheran Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in celebration of
its 100th anniversary. SATB
choir, brass quintet and organ.
Welsh Triptych (2009) flute and organ Link
to Augsburg Fortress Publications
Published by Augsburg Press in 2012.
of the Lennon/McCartney classic for the Aureole Trio's Beatles tribute CD
release in 2008. Flute, viola and harp.
I Shall Be Gone (2005)
Jennifer Myers, Gettysburg College Class of 2005. Clarinet, tenor and piano.
On the Robert Frost poem “The Sound of the Trees.”
the United State Army Brass Band “Pershings Own.” Captain Timothy Holtan, director. British brass band instrumentation. Orchestration of
a 1980 brass quintet.
Promenade and Danza (1995)
Ann Felter, Gettysburg College Class of 1995.
Oboe, bassoon and piano.
Sackbut Sketches (1993)
for the trombone quartet, Die
A Captured Sunset (1975-
soprano, cello, and piano on the Carl Sandburg poem “Monotone.”
Rondo For Winds and Percussion
2 Bb clarinets, bassoon, and percussion.
for woodwind quintet.
Commissioned by the Mechanicsburg Area School district in honor of Dale Hoke's career as a music
teacher. Solo trombone and big band.
Axiom Asunder (2004)
"Axiom Asunder" is available for download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/mjazzorchestra
Episodes for jazz orchestra, dance company, choir and narrator – Oceans
Apart, Northern Tangents, Coast to Coast, and
Groove Machine. Poetry of Langston Hughes serves as a narrative
music traces the development of American Jazz from its early days in New
Orleans and as it migrated north to Chicago, Kansas City, New York and
the West Coast.
Saw Her Standing There (2003)
for the Glenelg (MD) High School Jazz Ensemble.
Barry Enzman, director.
Denis DiBlasio and the Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble.
Buzz Jones, director.
Euro Shuffle (1994)
the Buzz Jones Big Band’s 1995 European tour and performance at the
Montreux Jazz Festival.