Music: What it means to be a composer today

Yesterday I received a royalty check in the mail from one of the publishers that publishes my works.  When I opened it and saw that it was for a small amount, I had a literal throw my hands up in the air moment.  I felt mad – as composers, we work hard to create a […]

Yoga: Ahimsa (Non-Violence) – the art of support vs. help

This week I’ve been focusing on the the idea of support vs. help in my continuing study of the yama Ahimsa (non-violence).  In continuing to read Deborah Adele’s book, she says that “there is nothing to fix or save in another; there is only the gift of listening.”  When we interfere in others’ lives; ie […]

Music: Double Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon with Wind Symphony

This work was commissioned by bassoonist Scott Pool and was premiered by the University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony under the direction of Doug Stotter with Rogene Russell on oboe. This work tells the story of the Galaxy, from the spiral galaxy to a supermassive black hole, and the orion nebula.  Scott Pool- bassoon […]

Yoga: The Yamas – Ahimsa (non-violence) and finding Balance

As a yoga teacher I strive to bring great classes to my students – inspiring sequences, peak poses, setting intentions, and in general a class that they can hopefully walk away learning something about themselves.  But I also try to bring some of yoga’s philosophies to class, and have started a journey to begin to […]

Sun Songs

This is from the premiere of my piece “Sun Songs” for Soprano, English horn, cello, and piano performed by Tony Arnold – soprano, and members of Definiens (www.definiens.org). The text of this piece is taken from Native American texts telling of the sun, the land, and speaking of how we should honor the Earth. Premiered […]