Reaching out and collaborating with others is often exciting and productive, and it reminds us all that music is a living, breathing entity.

FRANK TICHELI

My blog features articles on everything composition – from the creative process, to performance, to entrepreneurship, and even composition in education.

Some articles feature quotes from interviews with industry leaders, such as Dr. Frank Ticheli, and the late Dr. David Maslanka.

If you have a topic of interest you’d like to see featured, or if you would like to be interviewed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Article Archive

Why Consortiums Work

December 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Why Consortiums Work

This year in 2018, I organized a consortium for the first time, and the experience was such a positive, productive experience I want to let everyone know my thoughts about why consortiums work.

Saxophone Consortium For Two New Works!

October 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Saxophone Consortium For Two New Works!

I am putting together a consortium for two new works for saxophone! I'll cap the consortium at ten ensembles, and will write a new Saxophone Quartet entitled "Chasing Light", as well as rework my composition "Transition" for oboe and piano for soprano saxophone and piano.

Listening to Artistic Music, Score Study and Composition Planning

May 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Listening to Artistic Music, Score Study and Composition Planning

I've always been told it's important to study scores as a musician and especially as a composer, but it's taken me years to learn how to maximize my time spent with my head buried in notated music. I have found that subtle artistic music may not seem accessible at first, but a methodical approach to understanding its elements enables us to listen actively and intelligibly.

Grade 1 Band

April 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Grade 1 Band

This article will discuss fourteen of the most played works in the Grade 1 Band category of the Texas Prescribed Music List (PML). I am currently hard at work this Spring creating three new band pieces, and have been intensively studying scores to find patterns as to what the most popular pieces have in common, as well as what makes each piece unique. This part 1 article will discuss the patterns I have discovered in comparing the pieces in terms of key, meter, tempo, difficulty level, theme, length, ranges, melody and harmony.

The Should-Be Parallel Nature of Creative Process and Entrepreneurship 

March 29th, 2018|Comments Off on The Should-Be Parallel Nature of Creative Process and Entrepreneurship 

One of the best conversations I have ever had on the topic of composing happened a little over a year ago during lunch with two of my former classmates, and the esteemed Professor of Composition from the Juilliard School, John Corigliano.

My Texas PML Project

March 8th, 2018|Comments Off on My Texas PML Project

Welcome to my blog, which has been a smaller thing for me in the past, and is now a bigger thing in the present. You can expect to read about my thoughts and experiences on Music Education, Entrepreneurship, Worship in the Arts, as well as interviews on relevant topics and some about my work life and creative process!

Creating Composers Clinic

October 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Creating Composers Clinic

I would not be a professional, freelancing musician today if it were not for the band programs I participated in throughout middle school and high school.

End Times

September 1st, 2017|Comments Off on End Times

During the summer of 2015, while attending Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas; I witnessed an incredible five-sermon series given by Pastor Jimmy Evans regarding the 2nd coming of Christ.  After hearing his thought-provoking insights into the future final events of human history, I chose to create a musical work to both depict these events and satisfy the Master's Thesis requirement for my M.M. in Composition at Texas Christian University.

Etch-A-Sketch

August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Etch-A-Sketch

Etch-A-Sketch: The benefit of collaboration within the compositional process is the 3rd place winner in the Graduate Division of the Texas Music Educators Association's 2016 Essay Contest for College Students!  The article features conversations with the late Dr. David Maslanka, Dr. Frank Ticheli and Mr. William Owens.