​Subversion Tactics (a set of interactive frameworks used to facilitate group improvisation using conduction, short compositions and free music practices; performed with Ensemble Cordyceps at NEC Doctoral Recital #2 and a Featured Artist Concert at Western CT State University)

On Blake's Heaven and Hell (a setting of William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" for ten musicians, NEC Doctoral Recital #1)

Fanfare for the Singularities (a reconfiguration of Untitled Fanfare incorporating "event structure" improvised elements)

Untitled Fanfare (brass and percussion, submitted for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Fanfare Composition Competition)

Passacaglia on a Theme of Wayne Shorter (chamber orchestra, UNT Master's Recital) 

After Us (on a poem by Connie Wanek; small wind ensemble, UNT Master's Recital)  

Stafford Overture (for Stafford Elementary School band, CT)

The Final Skirmish (large jazz ensemble, rehearsed with UNT One O'Clock Lab Band)

A Birds' Tale (five-movement suite, made into a musical in collaboration with Magdalena Widomski; for large elementary school choir and high school band, performed in Stafford, CT)

Lazy Sunday​ (for David Lown and Southlake Carroll High School Jazz Band, TX; performed at the Apex Arts League Southlake Jazz Festival in February 2013)

Hudson Shades (large jazz ensemble, arranged from small-group version)

​Phoneutria (for mixed ensemble of strings, winds, brass, and rhythm section; WCSU Composition Recital, November 2011)

Cosmic Stealth Missile (for mixed ensemble of strings, winds, brass, and rhythm section; WCSU Composition Recital, November 2011)

Memories of Marie (large jazz ensemble; performed for WCSU SVPA Building Groundbreaking Ceremony, October 2011)

Free Refills (large jazz ensemble blues; performed at WCSU, April 2011)

list of compositions


Large Ensemble Pieces

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Small Ensemble and Solo Pieces

December 2013

November 2013

August 2013

January 2013

ed. March 2014

January 2013

November 2012

October 2012

October 2011

February 2010

Come Sunday​ (Duke Ellington; for alto voice and jazz octet, performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall as one of the winners of the Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange "Arranging Ellington" competition, March 2014)

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling​ (Ernest Ball, sections based on the Charles Mingus Sextet recording from Cornell 1964​; for large jazz ensemble, rehearsed with the UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band) 

All the Things You Are (Kern/Hammerstein; for SATB voices, piano, bass, drums; performed at UNT Master's Recital)

Alone Together (Dietz/Schwartz; for baritone voice, reeds, brass, and rhythm section; performed at UNT Master's Recital)

South of the Border (Kennedy/Carr; for baritone voice, reeds, brass, and rhythm section)

Retrato em Branco e Preto (Jobim; for alto voice, clarinet, bassoon, flugelhorn, bass trombone, and rhythm section)

How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis; for large jazz ensemble, performed by the UNT Four O'Clock Lab Band, November 2012)

Oleo (Sonny Rollins; for jazz quintet, performed at WCSU Performance Recital,

November 2011)

Joy Spring (Clifford Brown; for large jazz ensemble, performed by the WCSU Jazz Orchestra opening for the Maria Schneider Orchestra at WCSU Jazz Festival, April 2010. The arrangement was also critiqued and discussed with Maria Schneider during a clinic as part of the festival.


March 2014

February 2014

February 2014

January 2014

January 2014

September 2013

January 2012

October 2011

August 2011

Set of pieces based on photographs by Denver Christiansen (for woodwinds, guitar/preparations, bass/viola da gamba, percussion)

Meditation (for solo tenor saxophone; performed by Mark Hartsuch at UNT Master's Recital)

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (Les Fleurs de Van Gogh 18​​86 - 1890) (UNT Master's Recital)

Tell Me More? (trio for clarinet/tenor saxophone, piano, drum set; performed at UNT Graduate Showcase, March 2014) 

Sleepless Night No. 1 (for improvising small group, UNT Master's Recital)

Sleepless Night No. 2 (for improvising small group)

​Suite for Creative Ensemble: Tribute to Albert Ayler, Tribute to Tim Berne, Horizon One (for three saxophones, guitar, bass, and drums; performed at UNT in November 2013)

Expansions and Compressions (Bb trumpet and piano; commissioned by Robert Patrick to be performed at his WCSU Senior Recital, March 2012) 

April Rain Song​ (soprano voice and piano; poem by Langston Hughes, performed at WCSU Composition Recital, November 2011)

Three Pieces for Solo Violin (WCSU Composition Recital, November 2011)

April 2018

March 2017

November 2016

March 2015

April 2014

March 2014

October 2013

May 2013

March 2013

December 2013

September 2012

October 2011

September 2011

February 2011

August 2010