I am a composer and music educator based in Philadelphia where I am currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the University of Pennsylvania. I compose as an explorer and scavenger, searching for sound and form through an unglamorous process of trial and error. My music explores the notion of seemingly or explicitly familiar music masked with superimposed dissonance. I find that events and experiences in everyday life contain similar juxtapositions of dissonance and familiarity. Recent projects include pieces for the TAK Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble, a performance by the Mivos Quartet at the 2018 June In Buffalo composition festival, readings by the Curtis Orchestra and JACK Quartet, and a setting of poetry by Christian Wiman.
Beyond music, my interests include spending too much money on coffee and obsessing over all things sport. When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m likely to be found watching reruns of The Office or The West Wing with my wife, Molly, and our polytonal pup, Ives.