MUSIC FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE
BALLS (2016) recipient of the 2015 Opera America Discovery Grant. Librettist Gail Collins. Balls is a multimedia opera dramatizing the famed September 20, 1973, tennis game between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The match, dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," changed not only the perception and treatment of women in sports, but significantly advanced the women’s rights movement.
WILDE TALES (2016) commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival. Recipient of the 2015 Opera America Commissioning Grant. Librettist Kelley Rourke. Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales.
110 PROJECT (2009) commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera The history of Los Angeles through the eyes of her oldest freeway, the 110, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its dedication
ASK YOUR MAMA (2009) [104'] Commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Jessye Norman, orchestra, jazz, hip-hop and spoken word artists. Poetry by Langston Hughes. Album Release July 3, 2015 by Avie Records. World Premiere March 16, 2009 Carnegie Hall. West Coast Premiere August 31, 2009, The Hollywood Bowl. Harlem Premiere March 23, 2013, The Apollo Theater.
ESCAPE (1997) Commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera.
ALL AMERICAN (2019) commissioned by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
LOVING TENDER PRESENT (2015) [12'] commissioned by The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Words by Rebecca Walker, World Premiere December 11, 2015.
SIREN SONGS (2015) [25'] commissioned by The Pacific Symphony, premiered June 11-13, 2015 conducted by Carl St. Clair. Poetry by Amy Gerstler, Visuals by Tempe Hale.
THE HIDDEN WORLD OF GIRLS (2012) [90'] Commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, premiered July 28th and 29th, 2012 conducted by Marin Alsop, Santa Cruz, California. Collaboration with The Kitchen Sisters. Visuals by Obscura Digital.
OUT OF BOUNDS (2011) commissioned by The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
PLUCKY (2009) for string orchestra, commissioned by The Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra
HEEBIE JEEBIES (2006) for chorus and two pianos, commissioned on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of The Juilliard School.
SCAT (2005) Commissioned by bassoonist Lumír Vaneck and the Czech National Symphony.
THE TRANSITIVE PROPERTY OF EQUALITY (2005) Commissioned by Red Bull Artsehcro. Premiered October 2, 2005, Carnegie Hall. West Coast Premiere by Marin Alsop at the 2006 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
BUTTER MY TONGUE (2000) for women's choir, commissioned by Sound Circle
PLUM SUGAR (2000) commissioned by the West Hollywood Orchestra
SWITCHING STATIONS (1990) commissioned by Concordia Chamber Symphony
SIX OF ONE, HALF A DOZEN OF ANOTHER (1987) commissioned by The New York Youth Symphony
DUETS, TRIOS, QUINTETS (1986) concerto for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and string orchestra, commissioned by The American Composers Orchestra
AFTER STONEWALL (2019) collaborative song cycle for three singers & piano, commissioned by New York Festival of Song and Five Boroughs Music Festival, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, with music by Laura Kaminsky, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Karpman, Paula Kimper, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, and Kayla Cashetta, with words by by Elaine Sexton.
FIERCE GRACE (2017) collaborative song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, co-comissioned by The Library of Congress and Opera America, about Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, with music by Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman and Ellen Reid, with words by Kimberly Reed.
WAXING NOSTALGIC (2011) for viola, guitar & samples, based on Charles Lumis’ wax cylinder recordings, commissioned by Laura Klugherz.
NOW ALL SET (2011) for jazz ensemble, commissioned by Perspectives of New Music for the Milton Babbitt Tribute Album.
DIFFERENT LANES (2012) Commissioned by Pacific Serenades for string quartet and electronics.
TAKE 4 (2008) Commissioned by The Premiere Saxophone Quartet
MELTING POT (2005) song cycle
CONVERSATIONS FOR PIANO FOUR HANDS (2004)
ABOUT JOSHUA (2003) for harp, viola and flute, commissioned by The Debussy Trio
ROUNDS (2000) for viola and piano
LOVE IS NOT ALL (1999) for soprano and piano
CAPRICES FOR STRING TRIO (1990) commissioned by Ensemble Capriccio
PORTRAIT OF JACO (1989) a fantasy based on themes of Jaco Pastorius for violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano commissioned by The Minneapolis Artist’s Ensemble
SONG PICTURES (1989) for wind synthesizer and soprano, commissioned by Laura Hunter
GREETINGS FROM L.A. (1989) for synthesizers, commissioned by Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
INVARIABLY PAGANINI (1988) for two pianos, commissioned by Rutgers University
MATISSE AND JAZZ (1987) for soprano, saxophone, piano and percussion, commissioned by The Whitney Museum of Art
STRING QUARTET (1987) commissioned by The Lydian String Quartet
STICK TRICK (2015) for solo percussion, commissioned by Evelyn Glennie
COMMON TONE (2004) for electric viola and samples, commissioned by Martha Mooke
UNTITLED (1998) for solo cello, commissioned by Maurice Grants
SAXMANIAC (1987) for solo alto saxophone, commissioned by Laura Hunter
Anthony and Cleopatra (2012) A Noise Within
To Kill A Mockingbird (2011) Denver Center for the Performing Arts
The Imaginary Cuckold (2010) L.A. Theatre Works
School for Husbands (2010) L.A. Theatre Works
Tartuffe (2010) National Theatre Conservatory
A Woman (Two Channel Video) (2009) Aspect Ratio Theatricals
Merchant of Venice (2008) Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Henry IV Part 1 (2008) A Noise Within
Pericles (2007) The Old Globe
Dear Brutus (2007) A Noise Within
The Tempest (2007) A Noise Within
Phaedra (2005) A Noise Within
Othello (2005) A Noise Within
The Cherry Orchard (2005) Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Children and Art: Sondheim 75th Birthday Celebration (2005) New Amsterdam Theatre
American Songbook: Harold Arlen Centennial (2005) Lincoln Center
School for Wives (2005) A Noise Within
The Homecoming (2004) A Noise Within
Carrolling (2004) musical, A Noise Within
Electra (2004) A Noise Within
A Wilde Holiday (2001-2003) musical, A Noise Within
The Misanthrope (2000) A Noise Within
Taming of the Shrew (1999) A Noise Within
Twelfth Night (1999) Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Comedy of Errors (1998) Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Much Ado About Nothing (1998) A Noise Within
The Miser (1998) A Noise WIthin
The Tempest (1997) Georgia Shakespeare Festival
As You Like It (1996) A Noise Within
A Christmas Carol (1996) musical, A Noise Within