Boy does it feel good to turn in commissions! Just yesterday I sent in the first of what will be four or five movements of a brass sextet I've been commissioned to write for the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC), to be premiered at their 2019 conference at Arizona State University. They let me choose the chamber ensemble, and, since I've already written five pieces for brass quintet, I wanted to try something different. Since I haven't written as much for horn as for the other brass instruments, I decided to score the piece for standard brass quintet with an extra horn. I'm basing each movement on a piece of art from the Haubrig Collection, which was a group of paintings and sculptures deemed "degenerate" by the Nazis and then collected by a German lawyer and art collector by the name of Josef Haubrig. I happened on the exhibit while visiting the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany last summer.

I recently finished a movement of a requiem commissioned by Voces Novae, an innovative choral group in Bloomington, Indiana. The text is fascinating: an unpublished requiem text by none other than Kurt Vonnegut! My movement is scored for SATB chorus, clarinet, bassoon, percussion, violin, and double bass. What's most interesting about this project (besides the text!) is that eight composers were each commissioned to write one movement. The premiere, in Spring of 2019, will be interesting indeed!

Currently on my desk is score preparation for some upcoming conducting engagements. Right now I'm studying Beethoven's 7th Symphony and Copland's Rodeo. I love getting to choose my own programs for concerts I conduct, so I get to work with some of my favorite pieces.

Upcoming commissions:

- brass sextet for the 2019 International Women's Brass Conference (Tempe, AZ)
- work for string orchestra for Prelude Strings (Garden Grove, CA)

Upcoming conducting engagements:

- Linda Luebke Strings Festival (Terre Haute, IN)
- Indiana North ASTA All Region Orchestra (Goshen, IN)
- Ohio South Central Region Orchestra (Columbus, OH)
- Prelude Strings (Garden Grove, CA)