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Solo Instrumental Works

On Being Responsible

Saxophone. 2020.


This etude is a minute melodic study for saxophone (any saxophone) or some soloist.  I composed it in July 2020, to be included in a CFAMC listening page.  The music, like the title, ponders wise, loving citizenship in a time of pandemic.  Ephesians 5:15-20 comes to mind....

Kibō ("hope")

Violin solo. 2015.


A musical triptych exploring the notorious 2010 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and its prolonged aftermath.  Commissioned by violinist Rachel Reese, a recent musical missionary to Japan and Peru.

Ciaccona Enigmata

Marimba. 2015.


This piece explores the relationship between a wayward melody and its patient, insistent accompaniment. Commissioned by the inimitable Jason Mathena.

Amazing Grace (For John)

Viola solo. 2010.


Commissioned by violist, historian, theologian, and undercover-angel John Farrar, who desired a setting of this famous tune for the close of his recital.

For Hannah

Flute. 2000.


A Christmas gift for my teenage daughter, who enjoyed playing it.

Cascade Fantasias

Viola. 1993.


Composed for violist Michelle Davidson and Cascade Presbyterian Church (Eugene, OR).  Each movement explores a hymn tune.  The first one employs scordatura.

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