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Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time

Three Commissions for the 2013 Klein International String Competition

Tomorrow Never Knows

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)

Gamestop

Gravity of Honey

Concerto (In the Form of Variations) for Viola and Orchestra

The Emily Songs

Lord of Misrule

Elastic Band

What the Living Do

Pas de Deux

Red Ice

Personals – I Think You Should Know

T Tables

Hey Ho, the Wind and the Rain!

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Musically, I am a “synthesist” - someone who is fascinated by all types of music regardless of genre or style, or whether it is narrative or abstract in nature. When I was a kid, I loved jazz and rock and later discovered classical music. But, as a composition student, I was urged by several of my teachers to specialize among my musical activities – to choose between musical theater/rock or concert music. I resisted and instead resolved to synthesize, rather than compartmentalize my creative work. I have composed music for the concert hall (small and large ensembles), and for musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz, and rock. My thinking is constantly refreshed through collaborations, teaching activities, and new creative projects.

Next BSO-Levine Music preconcert talk: Mahler 3!

24th January 2015 By joel

I’m thrilled that my next Baltimore Symphony/Levine Music pre-concert talk at Strathmore will be… Mahler’s 3rd Symphony! One of my all-time favorites, going back to the days I worked for Leonard Bernstein. Info here

My latest newsletter is out!

5th January 2015 By joel

My latest newsletter is full of updates on activities! More exciting things to report in the upcoming months. Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time…

Angel Gil-Ordonez conducts my new orchestra piece

25th October 2014 By joel

I loved working with the fabulously talented Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez and the students in the Georgetown University Orchestra in a performance of my “The First Step Of the Journey” (an excerpt from my new orchestral piece) in conjunction with the Benoy Behl exhibition opening at the Spagnuolo Gallery. Expressly written for the students of the Georgetown University Orchestra. The commission was the idea of Music Director Maestro Gil-Ordonez. Thanks to the Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts for their support (that’s you Maya Roth and Anna Celenza!).