I was honored to be chosen as the featured composer at this year's Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) conference in Fort Wayne, IN, where I gave a lecture about my methods and inspirations and also conducted a reading session of my music. Not too long after that I was at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) national conference in Atlanta where I presented the session "Just Ask the Composer" with my colleagues Susan Day and Deborah Baker Monday. The next day I enjoyed conducting at the Carl Fischer reading session.

I recently finished writing a song for soprano Anne Slovin, titled The New Colossus, based on Emma Lazarus' iconic poem displayed on the Statue of Liberty. Ms. Slovin will premiere the work on a recital of works exploring the Jewish experience in America. The recital will be held on April 14 at Indiana University.

This spring will see the releases of two new publications, ABENDSTERN from Carl Fischer and a festival arrangement of ELECTRIC SINFONIA from FJH. At the ASTA conference, I heard from a lot of conductors who are looking for pieces with instrumental parts on varying technical levels, and I'm happy to be contributing to the repertory for this type of ensemble, having found a necessity for it at the Linda Luebke Strings Festival, where I have been conducting all the orchestras of the Festival together on the final piece of the concert.

In April, my TWO LATIN DANCES will be used as a test piece at the Australian National Band Championships in Kew, Victoria. It's supposed to be live streamed -- I'm looking forward to hearing the various renditions of my piece!

Upcoming commissions:

- aria for The Lunchbox Project, a new opera for Reimagning Opera for Kids
- movement of a requiem written by Kurt Vonnegut, for Voces Novae
- brass sextet for the 2019 International Women's Brass Conference
- work for string orchestra for Prelude Strings

Upcoming conducting engagements:

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