— Dr. Randal A. McChesney,
Past President of the Choristers Guild
— Dr. Gerald Gray,
Director of Choral Activities
at SUNY Fredonia
— Joe Harnell,
Film composer, Grammy Award-winning arranger, and pupil of Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger
— Dr. Buddy Baker,
former Director of Music at Walt Disney
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
— Claudio Monteverdi
SONG TO BE FEATURED IN MAJOR MOTION PICTURE:
I was asked to write the featured song for a new romantic comedy called “Smitten!” which stars Darren Criss (of “Glee”). This movie was created by Barry Morrow, who won a screenwriting Oscar for “Rain Man” in 1988. “Smitten!” is scheduled for release in the near future.
AWARD-WINNING FILM AIRED NATIONWIDE ON PBS:
An award-winning documentary which I wrote the music for has aired multiple times on PBS for several years.
“A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story” is the moving account of a mentally challenged man who became a national hero for the disability community. Click here to explore the music I wrote for this poignant film.
A number of my choral works would be perfect for your next All-State Festival! These pieces are fun to sing and have been audience favorites: “Old Joe Clark,” “Simple Gifts,” “Loch Lomond,” “She's Like the Swallow,” “Sleep,” and “Have You Forgotten?”
Click here to explore my High School choral music.
NEW CHORAL SOUND CLIPS:
You can hear professional demos of my choral music, thanks to the extraordinary musical talents of Matthew Curtis, who formerly sang with Chanticleer. You can hear these pieces by exploring my choral catalog and my Listen & Watch page.
Also, please visit my YouTube channel to experience my choral works as engaging music videos.
An exciting new orchestral piece, ”A Festive Holiday,” is now available. This piece has been performed several times already, to great audience acclaim. It makes a dramatic opening or closing for any holiday concert!
Many orchestras have programmed my holiday arrangements, including the Oregon Symphony, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic — who performed my rousing “I Saw Three Ships Come Fiddling In” complete with Irish dancers!
I've also enjoyed a wonderful collaboration with Orchestra Iowa for many years. They've performed many of my holiday works, including: ”I Saw Three Ships,” ”Ding Dong! Merrily on High,” ”Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,” ”O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and ”O Holy Night.”