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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)


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.

NoW premieres Elastic Band for chamber orchestra!

22nd August 2015 By joel

On October 2nd and 3rd, 2015 the New Orchestra of Washington, under the direction of Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, will premiere my newly commissioned chamber orchestra version of Elastic Band. The program “Fusion” also includes works by Mackey, Bermel, McAllister, and Hernandez-Valdez. 10/2: Georgetown University and 10/3: AMP Strathmore

Out west with Maestra Barbara Day Turner & the SJCO

9th March 2015 By joel

Wow! What a whirlwind, action-packed long weekend with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the amazing Maestra Barbara Day Turner. I had a great time meeting and giving a presentation to Maestro Anthony Quartuccio’s talented young composers at the Kehillah Jewish High School, giving a preconcert talk for SCJO, hearing rehearsals, meeting the musicians, hanging out with composers Christopher Dietz and Judith Shatin, and, of course, hearing a terrific concert! Most of all I’m excited about writing for BDT and her terrific orchestra (along with co-commisioners the Takoma Ensemble and SONYC). The piece premieres October 11th in San Jose with the other performances to be scheduled soon.

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!).