Following the Sacred Sun – Suite for Chamber Ensemble

Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Percussion Following the Sacred Sun is a four-movement suite that follows the adventures of Sacred Sun or Mi-Ho’n-Ga, (1809? – 1836?), an eighteen-year-old young woman who left her Osage fur-trapping family and...

Together in Harmony for Brass

2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Electric Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, and Percussion Together in Harmony, is a wish for hope and peace.  It begins with an animated fanfare followed by a short fugue before evolving into W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues.” The...

Four Dances for Two for Flute and Violin

Rococo Promenade is based on the Baroque French overture style with a galloping fugal middle section before a return to the jaggedly dotted style of the beginning. Afternoon Divertimento alternates a calm, lullaby-like mood with bursts of frenzied energy typical of a...

Ojibwa Prayer for SATB, Flute, and Piano

The author of the text is unknown, and the language of the Ojibwa Prayer is also known as Chippewa, Saulteaux, Southern Ojibway, and Mississippi Ojibwa.  The prayer was taken from Bishop Frederick Baraga’s Catechism written in the middle 1800’s. This setting is...

Many Thousands Gone for SATB, Flute, Cello, and Piano

While writing Freedom Suite for string orchestra which was inspired by the empathy I felt for Harriet and Dred Scott, I was standing on the steps of the St. Louis Courthouse and thought of the many thousands that had stood there and been sold at auction.  Many...