Back to school (sort of)


The Strathmore residency has concluded, summer has come and gone, and a year has passed since a certain fateful event.

What do I have to show for myself? Well, among other things, I’ll be starting a two-year MFA program in composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. Will I be relocating to the frozen north? No. VCFA’s low-residency model, one of the few of its kind, requires students to be on campus for two week-long periods a year, which include intensive master classes, workshops, and performances of student works. The rest of the time, it allows them to live and work anywhere as they earn the MFA. I’m beyond excited to study contemporary composition with the excellent faculty and to have my work performed by some top-notch ensembles.

On the performance front, I’ve got a concert coming up at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on November 27th. I’ll have with me a pianist, drummer, and vocalist Rochelle Rice (pictured above), who joined me for one of the Strathmore concerts back in March and with whom I’m thrilled to work again. Expect a similar chamber-jazz vibe to that earlier concert, but with a different instrumentation–and new material!

I intend to play more concerts like this, leading an ensemble in performing my original work, in 2018 (which will include, I hope, a return to the lovely Casa Phoenix). I’ll let you all know as soon as they’re the books.