"Remember this person’s name...I was just as mesmerized this evening as I was the first time I heard it." -Annette Skaggs; Arts-Louisville.com
Composers always type their bio in third person. Well NOT ME. I am a composer and sound designer from Charlotte, NC, currently based in Louisville, KY, having just completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville.
My music has been performed nationally and internationally by the Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, and University Chorus at the University of Louisville , the Louisville Chamber Choir, the East Carolina University Chamber Singers, the Lake Junaluska Singers, the Kirkpatrick Choir at Rutgers University, and many others. I've had works performed at festivals in America, Cathedrals in Europe, and on the Great Wall of China.
I began composing during high school, premiering and conducting my first work in 2008, before graduating and attending East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelor's in Music Theory/Composition in 2012 (magna cum laude, if you were interested. And let's be honest. You were.) I've premiered a number of works across myriad media, including solo works, chamber ensembles, wind ensemble, choir, and electronics. I earned my Masters in Music Composition from the University of Louisville in 2015 and Masters in Choral Conducting in 2017, studying under Krzysztof Wołek and Kent Hatteberg, respectively.
I received my first commission in 2010, and have received a number of commissions since, both from individuals and larger organizations. If you are interested in commissioning me, feel free to get in touch with me via my contact info below.
I worked as senior sound designer for Figure 8 Games in Greenville, NC, from 2012-2013. My position oversaw all sound design, production, and editing, as well as composing original music and editing voiceover work. If you are interested in hiring me for sound design work, feel free to get in touch with me via my contact info below.
If you are performing any of my works and are interested in having me visit, rehearse, run a masterclass, or anything else in that vein, I am certainly available to do so, especially if travel expenses are covered (and most likely even when they're not). If you are interested in doing this, feel free to get in touch with me via my contact info below.
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Lastly, thank you for your visit and your interest in my music. If you have any questions, comments, or otherwise...
Choir Chat with John hughes - May 23, 2017
NPR Interview - March 16, 2017
Interview for the Asheville Choral Society's 40th Anniversary
Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, comments, commissions, or any other word that begins with a "kuh "
A link to my SoundCloud, where you will find recordings of all of my compositions as well as samples from my sound portfolio.
A link to my official Facebook page. Check back for updates, recordings, videos, and more!
Official Twitter handle. See my inane ramblings and short thoughts!
Sometimes I post photos & they look alright.
A PDF of my current C.V. - with third person bio - is available upon request. Just ask!