My one-act opera State of Grace will be produced by the University of Mississippi Opera Theatre in April 2022. They have commissioned a new orchestration which will include string quartet, piano, and percussion. State of Grace premiered at UNLV in 2018.
A Zoom watch party marked the world premiere of my song cycle FLAGS: Summer of 2015. Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone, and Kevin Chance, piano, performed the four song set in a video produced and designed by Christopher Withrow. The politically-themed cycle sets texts by former Justices Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia as well as former President Barack Obama. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQkla0UOlqw
I am very proud to be the coauthor (with Matthew Hoch) of So You Want to Sing Music by Women. Published by Rowman and Littlefield, this volume of the familiar NATS book series champions female composers and their works.
On June 1, Albany Records released my CD Pleas to Famous Fairies. With pianist Amanda Johnston and violinist Wei-Wei Le, I perform my own original compositions including Bring Me the Wine of Love, Pleas to Famous Fairies, A Sonnetress Enamored, Separate Strings, Emerson & Eyre, B is for Bad Poetry, and Singer’s Amnesia, as well as excerpts from the opera How Clear She Shines! Buy Pleas to Famous Fairies on Amazon or iTunes.
2016 has been a busy and productive year. In June, Rowman and Littlefield published my collaboration with Dr. Matthew Hoch from Auburn University, our book Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer. Then in September, my mantra book with Gianni Becker, Red Rock Mantras, was released on iBooks. Finally, in November, Centaur Records released Moments of Arrival, which features me as soprano soloist on two pieces recorded with the Prague Radio Symphony.
I am proud to share the news that UNLV Opera won 1st place in both Opera Division II and the new Musical Theatre category of the 2015 National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. And how fitting for these honors to come in Greensboro, my doctoral alma mater. Go Opera Rebels!
I am proud to have been awarded the 2014 American Prize in Directing for UNLV Opera’s Suor Angelica/Sancta Susanna. Ah, the visceral enjoyment of verismo and expressionism!