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Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time

Home – a hybrid puppetry theater play

Inferno: Double Concerto for Viola, Cello, and Chamber Orchestra

One Into One – for soprano & piano


From: All Things Are Set Ablaze (2017)


Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle for solo violin (2013)

Arias with Dance Glitch (2016)

When the World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes for solo viola (2013)

Movable Home (for string orchestra) (2015)

Wine Ring App Launch Video Score

Triptych for solo cello (2013)

Tomorrow Never Knows

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)


Gravity of Honey

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

The Emily Songs

Elastic Band

What the Living Do

Pas de Deux for cello and piano

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.

World Premiere of “Johansen” for solo cello! Oct. 7, 2018, 5 pm.

2nd October 2018 By joel

I’m happy to report that my solo string piece Johansen, commissioned for the 2018 Johansen International String Competition will receive its World Premiere by cellist Michel Balas this Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Church of the Annunciation in Washington D.C. on the Roth Concert Series.

Performers include: Julian Rhee – first-prize violinist; Beatrice Chen – first-prize violist; Michał Balas – first-prize cellist; Krzysztof Michalski – first-prize cellist; Frank Conlon – collaborative pianist. Judges: Chee-Yun, Timothy Deighton, Peter Stumpf

3810 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Sunday, October 7th 2018
Washington, D.C. 20016.
For further information please call 202-441-7678.

Elastic Band CD submitted to the GRAMMYs!

17th July 2018 By joel

I’m very pleased that the Acis album be•spoke has been submitted to the GRAMMYs for consideration. There is so much great work by Elena Ruehr, Julian Wachner, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Marcus Thompson, the New Orchestra of Washington, Kevin Bourassa, and others on the CD.

I’ve received a 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from the DC Arts Commission!

30th October 2017 By joel

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities for an 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship (AHFP) for my upcoming projects! I’d like to thank Arthur Espinoza, Jr., Executive Director of the CAH, their hard working staff and panel for their support. Onwards and upwards!