Handgames (2016), interactive sound and video installation using the Leap motion sensor.  Supported with initial funding from Sound and Music's Francis Chagrin award and developed at AYYO's Art Pitch residency.


I am a composer of concert music.  In addition to chamber and vocal works, I write dramatic forms such as opera and collaborate on music for theater and dance.  In my work for theater I often perform live; I sing, play hammered dulcimer, and work with interactive electronics.  I am also a poet and work often with texts, both my own and those drawn from further afield, and I am particularly taken with the sonic aspects of spoken and sung word.  Originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota, I have worked in Ireland and the UK and am now based in New York.  I admire and am influenced by a diverse range of music including 14th-century ars nova chanson, Irish and Scottish bodies of song such as sean-nós and waulking songs, American old-time, Sacred Harp singing, and 20th-century masters such as Stravinsky and Messiaen.  I aim to write music that surprises and delights.

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