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war is a gemini

For Soprano and Piano

War is a Gemini was commissioned in 2015 by Houston Grand Opera for the third installment of the Veterans Songbook project. This unique initiative invites military veterans of all ages, genders and branches of service to share their stories. I was asked to compose songs based on these accounts in order to draw attention to the significant—although oftentimes silent—struggles that many veterans face after completing their service. I had the privilege of interacting with the authors of these texts throughout their six-week writing workshop and was struck and humbled by the raw candor of the work they produced.

  • Composed Summer of 2015
  • Premiere November 11, 2017 | Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
  • Duration 6 minutes

FUTURE NAME FOR MY WAY

For Soprano and Piano

Future Name for My Way was composed in 2014 for Houston Grand Opera's Create an Opera program at Kashmere Gardens Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Char'dette Young, a student at Kashmere Gardens, wrote the text. Soprano Priscilla Salisbury gave the song its first performance in May of 2014, accompanied by Mark Buller on piano.

  • Composed Spring of 2014
  • Premiere May 28, 2014 | Kashmere Community Center, Houston | Priscilla Salisbury and Mark Buller
  • Duration 2 minutes
  • Recorded Live at the Kashmere Community Center
  • Performers Priscilla Salisbury: soprano, Mark Buller: piano