nyc-based composer, pianist, arranger, and music director. i do other stuff, too.

Choral Music

My first love.  I didn't start singing until high school, but 10+ years and dozens of choirs later, I'm still hooked.  More of this to come soon.

 

since feeling is first

Text used by permission from the estate of e. e. cummings.

Performed by the SCI Composer's Choir at the University of Delaware.

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

Take Those Lips Away

Text by William Shakespeare

Sung by the University Of Delaware Chorale 
Under the Direction of Paul Head (and recorded on my phone)

Take, oh take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworne,
And those eyes: the breake of day,
Lights that doe mislead the Morne;
But my kisses bring againe, bring againe,
Seales of love, but seal’d in vaine, seal’d in vaine.

Slumber My Darling

My arrangement of Stephen Foster's Slumber my Darling, as sung by the SCI Composer's Choir at the University of Delaware.

A simple arrangement, really, though I do mess with the time and chord progression a bit. 

Slumber, my darling, thy mother is near,
Guarding thy dreams from all terror and fear,
Sunlight has pass’d and the twilight has gone,
Slumber, my darling, the night’s coming on.

Sweet visions attend thy sleep,
Fondest, dearest to me,
While others their revels keep,
I will watch over thee.

Slumber, my darling, the birds are at rest,
The wandering dews by the flow’rs are caressed,
Slumber, my darling, I’ll wrap thee up warm,
And pray that the angels will shield thee from harm.