SELECTED WORKS

 

OPERA

 

THE PASSION OF JOSEPH SMITH - A Work in Progress

(Female Soloists, Male Soloists, Full Chorus, Early Music Ensemble, Strings, Organ, Percussion)

  • Workshop: Pivot Arts Festival Incubator Series at Loyola University, February 2012, Chicago, IL

 

The Suitcase Opera Project – 2012

(Lyric Baritone, Tenor, Speaker, Male Choir, Piano, Bb Clarinet, Jazz Guitar, Double Bass/Theremin, Percussion)

  • Concert Premiere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, November 8-10, 2012, Chicago, IL. A co-production of the City of Chicago and Chicago Opera Vanguard

  • Workshop: Queen’s Quarter Weekends Festival, Queen’s University Belfast, February, 2011, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  • Workshop: Chicago Opera Vanguard at The DANK Haus, January 2011, Chicago, IL

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REAGAN’S CHILDREN: An Opera-Oratorio – 2009

(Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Bass-Baritone, Female Treble, 16-Voice Male Choir, 3 Pianos, String Quartet)

  • Stage Premiere: Northwestern University, May 15 & 16, 2009, Evanston, IL

  • Concert Reading: Chicago Opera Vanguard, February 18, 2008, Chicago, IL

  • Workshop: Around the Coyote Festival, September 2006, Chicago, IL

  • Reading: Around the Coyote Festival, May 2006, Chicago, IL

  • Developed with the assistance of a 2006 City of Chicago CAAP Grant

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VOCAL - Solo

 

ICONIC WALTZES: Song Cycle for Voice and Piano

[Poems by Aaron DeLee] – 2010

  • Jason Jeffries, tenor, and Eric Carlson, piano, Mixtape, October 29, 2013, Chicago, IL.

  • RECORDING (Selections): NEW SONG. Brian von Reuden, baritone, and Myron Silberstein, piano. 2013

  • PREMIERE: Brian von Reuden, baritone, and Myron Silberstein, piano. VOX3 Vocal Collective, 2010, Chicago, IL

 

POETIC MANIFESTO: A Solo Cantata
[Song cycle based on “Poetic Manifesto” by Dylan Thomas for Voice and Piano] – 2009

  • Caitlin McKechney, mezzo-soprano, Dylan Thomas Cabaret, Caffeine Theatre, 2009, Chicago,IL

 

ATRIPLA! 
[Song based on the indication label of an HIV medication for Voice, Flute, Cello and Piano] - 2008. Revised 2012  (Original 2008 Version: Full ScorePiano Score)

  • AIDS Quilt Songbook 2015 benefiting the Joshua Tree Feeding Program, November 29, 2015, Central United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ

  • RECORDING: An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope. Jamie Barton, mezzosoprano, and Ken Merrill, piano. 2014. Roven Records

  • AQSB@22, Phoenix Concerts, November 14, 2014, St. Matthew & St. Timoth Church, New York, NY

  • AIDS Quilt Songbook 20th Anniversary Concert, Sing for Hope, December 1, 2012, Cooper Union, New York, NY

  • Chicago AIDS Quilt Songbook, Center on Halsted, December 1, 2009, Chicago, IL

  • Chicago AIDS Quilt Songbook, Court Theatre, December 1, 2008, Hyde Park, IL

 

FOUND ON THE 36 BUS
2006 (SCORE)

  • S O N G presents – The Local Option, Fine Arts Building, February 25, 2010, Chicago, IL

 

VOCAL - Choral

 

3 Choral Hockets

[Psalm 133, “To Rain as a Healing Power”, Psalm 134]
2009-2011 (Score of Movement 2)

 

Agnus Dei [Choir] – 2009

 

Festival Sanctus [Choir, Organ] – 2007

 

“Prelude for the Modern Theatre” [Choir; Text by Philip Dawkins] – 2006 (SCORE)

 

MUSICAL ACTIONS

 

216: An Action in C – 2014

 

WALL: An Action for Harmonics – 2014

 

Prime Redaction: An Action for Unpitched Percussion – 2014

 

Global: An Action for One or More Voices – 2012

 

Quad: An Action for Handbell Choir – 2012

 

Usonia: An Action for One or More Cellos - 2012

 

ORCHESTRAL

 

Aw, SNAP! 

[Fanfare for Piano, Turntable, Trap Set and Orchestra] – 2007 (SCORE)
Arranged for Chamber Ensemble, 2008 (SCORE)

 

CHAMBER

 

Trinity Threnody [String Trio] – 1999 (Movement 1Movement 3)

 

CHEATING. INC. [silent film score] –2008 (SCORE)

  • June 7 & 8, 2013. Access Contemporary Music at Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

  • Premiere: Access Contemporary Music’s 2008 “Sound of Silent Film” Festival, March 26, 2008

 

DRAMATIC WORKS

 

Equinox [Play in one-act]

  • Production: Bailiwick Theatre, 2001, Chicago, IL, Dir. Natalie Berning

  • Workshop: American Theatre Company, 2001, Chicago, IL, Dir. Natalie Berning

 

smallTown Clowns: A play in very few words

  • Workshop: Childsplay, 2000, Tempe, AZ, Dir. Jon Gentry

 

FEATURE FILMS

 

Equinox
Screenplay by Eric Reda, Natalie Berning and Jason Denuzak
Produced by New Theatre Collective, Chicago IL, 2006

 

SELECTED JUVENALIA and STUDENT WORKS

 

Pie Jesu [Soprano, Choir, Organ] – 1999

Alleluia [Soprano, Vocal Quartet, Choir] – 1998

Five Minutes of Rush Hour [Violin, Viola, Piano] – 1998

Left of Autumn [Clarinet, Vibraphone, Piano] – 1997

Five-Finger Exercises [Song Cycle on the poems of T. S. Eliot for Voice and Piano] – 1994

 

SELECTED DIRECTING CREDITS

 

Winterreise on Stage
Franz Schubert
Chicago Opera Vanguard, 2010, Chicago, IL
With co-director Karen Yates

 

GREEK
Mark Anthony Turnage, Chicago Premiere
Chicago Opera Vanguard, 2009, Chicago, IL

 

Orpheus and Euridice: A Theatrical Song-Cycle
Ricky Ian Gordon, Chicago Premiere
Chicago Opera Vanguard, 2009, Chicago, IL

 

Yes to Everything
Philip Dawkns, World Premiere
Around the Coyote Festival, 2007, Chicago, IL

 

Ugly Baby
Philip Dawkns, World Premiere
Strawdog Theatre, 2006, Chicago, IL
[WEBSITE]

 

564 Things to Do with a Peanut
Philip Dawkns, World Premiere
Around the Coyote Festival, 2005, Chicago, IL

 

Home Repair Horror Story
Joe Tracz, Workshop / Reading
Goodman Theatre, 2005, Chicago, IL

 

Narcissus Shrugged
Philip Dawkns, Workshop
Around the Coyote Festival, 2005, Chicago, IL

 

Turn of the Screw
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Midsummer Macon, 2005, Macon, GA

 

Lost Sheep
Joe Fedorko, Workshop Production
Stage Left Theatre, 2004, Chicago, IL

 

Capitalization
Mark Nowak, World Premiere
Stage Left Theatre, 2004, Chicago, IL

 

Prized Possessions
Jenny Connell, World Premiere
Around the Coyote Festival, 2004, Chicago, IL

 

The Impresario
Mozart
Kerr Cultural Center, 1999, Scottsdale, AZ

 

L’Enfant et les Sortileges
Maurice Ravel / Collette
Arizona State University, 1998, Tempe, AZ

 

An Evening of Schubert Opera
Schubert
Arizona State University, 1998, Tempe, AZ

 

SELECTED MUSIC DIRECTING CREDITS

 

Rhubarb Jam
Childsplay, 2000, Tempe, AZ

2000 AriZoni Award Nomination – Best Musical Direction

 

Mame
Stagebrush Theatre, 1999, Scottsdale AZ

1999 AriZoni Award Nomination – Best Musical Direction

 

One More Time
Stagebrush Theatre, 1998, Scottsdale AZ

1998 AriZoni Award – Best Musical Direction

 

SELECTED DRAMATURGICAL CREDITS

 

VOICE CHECK: A Woyzeck Cabaret
Directed by Karen Yates
Constructed by Philip Dawkins
Chicago Opera Vanguard as part of About Face Theater and The Hippocrites’ 2011 Woyzeck Festival, Chicago, IL
Music Dramaturg

 

BOOJUM! Truth, Nonsense and Lewis Carrol
Music and Lyrics by Martin Wesley-Smith
Book and Lyrics by Peter Wesley-Smith
Chicago Opera Vanguard, Caffiene Theatre and The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 2010, Chicago, IL, US Stage Premiere
Music Dramaturg

 

No Exit, An Opera
Music by Andy Vores
Based on the play by Jean-Paul Sartre
Chicago Opera Vanguard, 2009, Chicago, IL
Music Dramaturg
[WEBSITE]

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCE CREDITS

 

Mercy
Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton
West Coast Premiere, UCLA Royce Hall, 2001
Ensemble / Ensemble Dance Captain

 

Nur Du (“Only You”)
Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Wuppertal
American Premiere, Arizona State University Gammage Auditorium, 1996
Ensemble

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2010 - present

EDUCATION

 

Arizona State University 

1993-1998 

 

Major: Music Composition; Minor: Opera Production

Composition Professors: Chinary Ung, James DeMars, Randall Shinn

Music Theory Professors: Rodney Rogers, Ellon Carpenter, Glenn Hackbarth

Opera Professors: William Reber, Dale Dreyfoos, Sylvia Debenport, Robert Oldani

Vocal Instruction: Warren Hoffer

Selected Materclasses: Anthony Braxton, Geoffrey Bush, Brent Michael Davids, Libby Larson, Philip Glass, Tobias Picker, Joan Tower

RELEVENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Chicago Opera Vanguard, Chicago, IL 

Founding Artistic Director - 2006-2013

 

Christopher Street LTD / M2 Dining, Chicago, IL

Creative and Marketing Director – 2006-2009

 

Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

Special Ticketing Supervisor – 2004-2006

Press Internship - 2002

 

About Face Theatre, Chicago, IL

Marketing Director – 2002-2004