Selected Events

2023

JANUARY 14, 2023
World Premiere of LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick at the International Saxophone Symposium, hosted by the United States Navy Band at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. LAETITIA’S CAPRICE is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Phil Pierick.

Rolston String Quartet

JANUARY 15, 2023
UK Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at Wigmore Hall, London, England.

JANUARY 18, 2023
Guest Composer at the 2023 New Music Miami ISCM Music Festival. UPON WINGS OF WORDS, Emily Dickinson Settings for soprano and string quartet performed by the Amernet with Mezzo-Soprano soloist Rachel Calloway in the FIU Wolfsonian Museum on Miami, Florida. This is the world premiere of the Mezzo-Soprano version.

JANUARY 21 & 22, 2023
World FREEDOM: To Be Free and Sky Bound In Memoriam Rosa Parks, for TTBB Chorus performed by Cappella Clausura, Dr. Carolina Flores conducting, Frank Campofelice, soloist, at Emmanuel Church in Boston, Massachusetts

JANUARY 28, 2023
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Austin Civic Orchestra, Lois Ferrari conducting, Bates Recital Hall University of Texas, Austin , TX.

JANUARY 28, 2023
FANFARE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY for orchestra performed by the Union Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deanna Tham in Monroe, North Carolina.

JANUARY 29, 2023
Rumi Settings, for violin and viola, performed Andrej Power, violin; Vicki Powell, viola, at Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

JANUARY 31, 2023
AVIAN CAPRICCIO for brass quintet performed by Axiom Brass at Northwestern University.

JANUARY 31, 2023
BALLET SUITE from the ballet FOREST OF SHIFTING TIME performed by the Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet, on the The Connoisseurs Series The University of Southern Mississippi. [The original ballet was Choreographed and directed by BalletCollective Artistic Director Troy Schumacher,  featuring whimsical costumes and props by artist and designer Doug Fitch and lighting by Ben Rawson.]

FEBRUARY 9, 2023
JEU D’ESPRIT performed by Lati2de, Saxophone Duo featuring Matt Dardick and Leo Schlaifer Albion College, Albion, Michigan.


Gwendolyn Brooks

FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 2023
World Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra in Memoriam Oliver Knussen commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Christian Reif

FEBRUARY 22, 2023 – 3:30 PM
INCANTATION for solo cello performed by Paul Christopher at the Stephen W. Slaughter Performing Arts Theatre, Bossier City, LA.

FEBRUARY 24, 2023
ACROBATS for 5 players performed by The Last Hundred Ensemble, Juan Trigos conducting, Miami Florida at Chapel of the Venerable Bede.

February 26, 2023 – 2 PM
SONG WITHOUT WORDS Marianne Parker, piano and Gregory Oakes, clarinet in the Epiphany Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL.

FEBRUARY 26, 2023
SUNBURST a fanfare for orchestra performed by the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Music Director Dr. Grant Gilman at the Alpharetta First Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA.

FEBRUARY 26, 2023
SUNBURST a fanfare for orchestra performed by The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra conducted by Dr. Robert Stull in Jansen Music Hall at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

FEBRUARY 28, 2023 – 12 PM
JEU D’ESPRIT performed by Lati2de, Saxophone Duo featuring Matt Dardick and Leo Schlaifer University of Wisconsin-Madison.

FEBRUARY 28, 2023 – 8 PM
JEU D’ESPRIT performed by Lati2de, Saxophone Duo featuring Matt Dardick and Leo Schlaifer University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

March 5, 2023
Prayer and Celebration for chamber orchestra performed by the Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kristo Kondakçi, Providence RI.

MARCH 8, 2023 – 12:10 PM
ANGEL TEARS AND EARTH PRAYERS for soprano saxophone and organ performed by Phil Pierick and Phillip Kloekner at the Chicago Temple, Chicago, IL.

MARCH 10, 2023 – 12:10 PM
Chicago Premiere of LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick on the Noonday Concert Series at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL.

MARCH 15, 2023 – 12:15 PM
LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, WI.

MARCH 19, 2023 – 4 PM
LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick at First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Deerfield, IL.

MARCH 19, 2023 – 4 PM
RING OUT WILD BELLS TO THE WILD SKY for solo soprano, chorus and orchestra. Amanda Palmeiro, solo soprano performed by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C., and the Baltimore Symphony, conducted by Steven Fox in the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

MARCH 20, 2023
PULSAR for solo violin performed by Hannah Christiansen of the Zafa Collective as presented by The Frequency Festival at Constellation in Chicago.

March 25, 2023
INCANTATION for solo violin presented by The Quad City Symphony Orchestra at the Figge Art Museum Davenport, Iowa.

MARCH 31, 2023
Guest Artist for Masterclass on string compositions at Chicago College of Performing Arts as organized by Dr. MingHuan Xu, violinist and Director of Strings at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.

MARCH 31, 2023
MAGNETICFIREFLIES for band performed with Dr. Jack Delaney, conducting the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble.

MARCH 31, 2023
RINGS OF LIGHT for 9 saxophones performed by the University of South Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, led by Professor Clifford Leaman, at The North American Saxophone 2023 Biennial Conference at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

APRIL 11, 2023
World Premiere of BALLET SUITE from FOREST OF SHIFTING TIME performed by the Akropolis Reed Quintet on 11 April 2023 at The University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

APRIL 15, 2023
World Premiere of the violin version, SONG WITHOUT WORDS for violin and piano performed by Darrian Lee, violin, and Galen Dean Peiskee, Jr., piano, performed in Tallahassee, Florida at Dohnanyi Recital Hall in Florida State University.

APRIL 16, 2023 – 3 PM
AVIAN ESCAPADES for woodwind quintet performed by Chicago Pro Musica the International House of the University of Chicago.

April 18, 2023 – 7:30 PM
LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick on the Duckwall Artist Series at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.

April 23, 2023 – 10:00 AM
ANGEL TEARS AND EARTH PRAYERS for soprano saxophone and organ performed by Phil Pierick and John Sherer at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL.

APRIL 23, 2023
FANFARE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY for orchestra will be performed by the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of the renowned conductor Susan Davenny Wyner. Warren, Ohio.

APRIL 23, 2023
ANGEL SHADOWS for flute performed by Laurel Anne Maurer at Montpelier’s Unitarian Church, Montpelier, VT on a program titled “Out of the Shadows.”

APRIL 23, 2023
ANGEL SHADOWS for flute performed by Laurel Anne Maurer at the Waterbury Congregational Church, Waterbury, VT on a program titled “Out of the Shadows.”

APRIL 24, 2023
THE REWAKING for choir performed by Chanticleer in St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church New York, NY.

APRIL 25, 2023
SILENT MOON for violin and viola. Santa Fe Symphony presents Music of the Spheres, in which its four principal string players perform promenade-style in multiple Meow Wolf environments. Violinist Nicolle Maniaci and violist Kimberly Fredenburgh. Santa Fe, NM.

APRIL 27, 2023
World Premiere of EROS AMONG THE ROSES for Wind Ensemble by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania conducted by Dr. Timothy A. Paul. This is a “grade 4” band arrangement of Thomas’s choral work, The Rub of Love (1995), made by Andrew Junttonen.

APRIL 27 & 28, 2023
CRACKLE for wind ensemble performed by Dr. Saul Torres, Director of Bands, in the TSC Performing Arts Center UTRGV Performing Arts Center.

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

APRIL 28 & 29, 2023
World Premiere of TOWARD A SECRET SKY, Poems on Love by Rūmī, SATB chorus and orchestra. Commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Dr. Eric Stark, Artistic Director who will be conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle.

May 4, 2023
Prayer Bells, for orchestra. Performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathon Heyward at the Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD.


Timothy Weiss

May 4, 2023
YOUR KISS for mezzo-soprano and piano performed by Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano and Marianne Parker, piano. Presented by the Delaware County Community College New Music Concert Series in Media, PA.

May 5-7, 2023
Prayer Bells, for orchestra. Performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathon Heyward at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

May 9, 2023
PLEA FOR PEACE for solo flute ensemble performed by Picosa at DePaul University’s Allen Auditorium.

May 19, 2023
World Premiere of TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by The Grossman Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


The Grossman Ensemble. Photo by Grittani Creative.

May 21, 2023 – 12 PM
World Premiere of a danced performance of STAR BOX for percussion quartet presented by The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, danced by Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and performed by percussionists John Corkill, Gregory Beyer, Kyle Flens, and Cynthia Yeh. Gratitude to Bill Michel, Executive Director Center for the Arts.

May 21, 2023 – 2 PM
World Premiere of ABSOLUTE OCEAN in the version for mezzo-soprano and orchestra performed by "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra conducted by 1st Lt. Darren Y. Lin featuring Mezzo soprano soloist MSgt Sara Sheffield. Washington, D.C.


Vimbayi Kaziboni

May 25, 2023
UK Premiere of TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

MAY 30, 2023
OF BEING IS A BIRD for soprano and chamber orchestra performed by the University of Washington Wind Ensemble and Orchestra conducted by Timothy Salzman, Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano soloist, in Meany Hall, Seattle, WA.

June 10, 2023
CAPRRICI 'HUMMINGBIRD ROMANCE' for flute and clarinet performed by newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.

JULY 3, 2023
RINGS OF LIGHT for 9 saxophones performed in London at the Royal College of Music by the Saxophone Ensemble led by Kyle Horch at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS).

JULY 13, 2023
World Premiere of the viola version of SONG WITHOUT WORDS for viola and piano was a recording session by Jordan Bak, viola, and Richard Uttley, piano, for release on Delphian Records, at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland.

JULY 21-23, 2023
Panelist on the “Creatives As Entrepreneurs” with panelists including Marin Alsop. Composer mentor to several composers along with Marin Alsop, Clarice Assad, and the Chicago Philharmonic at the Breaking Barriers Festival at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL.

JULY 28, 2023
SILENT MOON performed by Tan Tiag Yi (violin) and Cindy Ow (viola) of Singapore-based duo, Duo Tarenna, as part of the program RE:IMAGINE: an evening of live classical music and poetry at St. James Garlickhythe in London, UK.

AUGUST 1, 2023
THE AUDITIONS, a ballet for chamber orchestra performed, by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss at the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado.

AUGUST 5, 2023
ARC II: FUSION from AMALGAM for solo piano will be performed by Min Kwon at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado.

AUGUST 5, 2023
Chicago Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra will be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Illinois.

AUGUST 15, 2023
New York City Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 players, In Memoriam Oliver Knussen, Brad Lubman conducting the Ensemble Signal presented by TIME:SPANS FESTIVAL at the at DiMenna Center in Manhattan.

AUGUST 19, 2023
SILENT MOON performed by Tan Tiag Yi (violin) and Cindy Ow (viola) of Singapore-based duo, Duo Tarenna, as part of the program Silent Moon: an evening of music and poetry at The Arts House, Singapore.

AUGUST 29, 2023
QI for 4 percussionists playing two marimbas performed by Morse Percussion on the Singapore Chinese Music Festival 2023 as invited by the Singapore Chinese Music Federation.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2023
INCANTATION for solo violin performed by Tricia Park on a solo recital called "From Bach to BTS" at Epiphany Center for the Arts. Chicago, IL.

SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, 2023
Guest Composer at the Oberlin College and Conservatory.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2023
TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by The University of Iowa New Music Ensemble, David Gompper conducting.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2023
THE AUDITIONS, a ballet for chamber orchestra performed by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss in Oberlin, Ohio.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2023
SILENT MOON for violin and cello performed by violinist, Maria Anastasiadou and cellist, Abby Lorimier as presented by Sinfonia Cymru in Wales, UK on their programme for Vale of Glamorgan Festival.


~Nois. Photo credit Nick Zoulek.

October 1, 2023
Preview of World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at Constellation in Chicago.

October 5, 2023
RIDDLE In Memoriam Oliver Knussen for solo cello performed by cellist Anssi Karttunen at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam in celebration of Oliver Knussen on a concert titled Who was Olly.

October 10, 2023
In Skopje, Macedonia, as directed by the renowned French bassoonist Pascal Gallois, several chamber works performed including SCAT for ensemble; ACROBATS for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN for piano trio; CAPRRICI 'HUMMINGBIRD ROMANCE' for flute and clarinet; and TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY for mezzo-soprano and piano.

October 11, 12, 13, 14, 2023
Composer in Residence at DYNAMIKfest Salzburg, Clarissa Bevilacqua, Artistic Director. Masterclass and lecture at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria. As directed by the renowned French bassoonist Pascal Gallois, several chamber works will be performed including the European Premiere of TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players; SCAT for ensemble; ACROBATS for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano; A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN for piano trio; CAPRRICI 'HUMMINGBIRD ROMANCE' for flute and clarinet; and TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY for mezzo-soprano and piano.

OCTOBER 12, 2023 - 4:30 PM
ENCHANTED INVOCATION for solo percussion performed by John Corkill at The Tea Time Concert at University of Chicago

October 14, 2023
PRAYER AND CELEBRATION for orchestra, performed by the Union Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deanna Tham in the Dowd Theater, Monroe, NC, USA.

OCTOBER 14, 2023
RESOUNDING EARTH (all four movements) for percussion quartet performed by Andrea Scheibel, Rob Bridge, Jason Schirripa, and Jennifer Vacanti in First Presbyterian Church, Cazenovia, NY. This composition is scored for approximately 300 pieces of metal, featuring 120 bells from a wide variety of cultures and historical periods.

October 19, 2023
ENCHANTED INVOCATION for solo percussion performed by John Corkill at The Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL.

October 24, 2023
Guest Artist for Masterclass Seminar, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

October 31, 2023
World Premiere of the bassoon version of BEBOP RIDDLE II for bassoon and piano performed by Ben Roidl-Ward and pianist Daniel Pesca in the Smith Memorial Room at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL.

NOVEMBER 1, 2023 – 12:15 PM
Chicago Premiere of the bassoon version of BEBOP RIDDLE II for bassoon and piano performed by Ben Roidl-Ward and pianist Daniel Pesca I on the Dame Myra Hess memorial concert series.

NOVEMBER 2, 2023
World Premiere for a live audience of the viola version of SONG WITHOUT WORDS for viola and piano by Jordan Bak, viola, and Richard Uttley, piano, at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

NOVEMBER 8, 2023
MAGNETICFIREFLIES for wind ensemble performed by the Eastman Wind Ensemble conducted by Zachary Griffin in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY


Marin Alsop. Photo credit Adrienne White.

NOVEMBER 9, 2023
New York Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra in Memoriam Oliver Knussen performed by the American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni in Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall.

NOVEMBER 10, 2023
FÊTE for mixed brass ensemble performed by the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Emily Threinen, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, MN.

NOVEMBER 12, 2023
Preview of World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California.

NOVEMBER 13, 2023
World Premiere of ILLUMINATIONS “FANFARE SINFONIA” for 2 horns, 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, solo timpani, and 3 percussion (very small percussion instrumentation) performed by Josh Jones as timpani soloist and the DePaul Wind Ensemble, Erica Neidlinger, conducting, in the Mary Patricia Gannon concert hall at DePaul University, Chicago.

NOVEMBER 13, 2023
ARC II: FUSION from AMALGAM for solo piano will be performed by Min Kwon at the Dallas Symphony Symposium for Classical Women, Dallas Texas.


Josh Jones. Photo credit Greg MacKay

NOVEMBER 19, 2023
World Premiere of OH JACQUELINE for tenor and piano. Commissioned by Ryan Townsend Strand as part of his “Letters To Jackie project in honor of the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” Performed by Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor and Karina Kontorovitch, pianist in the Epiphany Center For The Arts: Epiphany Hall, 201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607.

NOVEMBER 19, 2023 – 7:30 PM
Chicago Premiere of SUNBURST for orchestra performed by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Allen Tinkham conducting, in Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL.

NOVEMBER 19, 2023
Preview of World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at Illinois College on their Fine Arts Series. Jacksonville, Illinois.

NOVEMBER 30, 2023
CARNIVAL: BASSOON CONCERTO for solo bassoon and wind ensemble, Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon soloist, Kevin Geraldi, Director of Bands, conducting the Illinois Wind Symphony in the Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana.

DECEMBER 2, 2023, – 2 PM
D(I)AGON(ALS) for solo clarinet performed by Andy Hudson. Chamber Music at Bethany presents stunning artists: clarinetist Andy Hudson and Nick Photinos, cellist at Bethany United Church of Christ, 4250 N Paulina St, Chicago, 60613.

DECEMBER 3, 2023
PRAYER AND CELEBRATION for chamber orchestra performed by the Mission College Symphony, conducted by Joseph Ordaz, at the West Valley College Theater in Saratoga, CA.

DECEMBER 6, 2023
PRAYER AND CELEBRATION for chamber orchestra performed by the Mission College Symphony, conducted by Joseph Ordaz, at the West Valley College Theater in Saratoga, CA.

DECEMBER 6, 2023
Preview of World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.