For oboe and piano. Nancy Ambrose King, then IDRS President, performed Four Personalities at the International Double Reed Convention in 2008. Peter Cooper of the University of Colorado Boulder, performed Four Personalities at the convention in 2011. Four Personalities was given the following review in The Double Reed: “She composed this fun, entertaining work basing the four movements on the colors used by the Hartman Personality Test… Four Personalities is a lot of fun for oboist, pianist and audience alike. Highly recommended for college and professional recitals.” Four Personalities has been recorded on the MSR Classics label by Michele Fiala, and on the Centaur Records label by Laura Medisky and Mary Ashley Barret. It is currently being recorded on the Centaur Records label by Courtney Miller.
Where Do Children Come From?
For oboe and piano. Commissioned in 2012 by Aryn Day Sweeney. This four-movement work (15 minutes in length), seeks to answer the title’s question. Movements include The Circus, Outer Space, A Higher Place, and Grace. Where Do Children Come From? was selected to be performed at the 2013 Society of Composers Inc. National Conference. Aryn Day Sweeney performed the work at the SCI Convention in March 2013. Dr. Sweeney performed the work at the 2014 International Double Reed Conference, at New York University. Published by TrevCo Music Publishing.
For bassoon and piano. Selected by Trevor Cramer (TrevCo Music Publishing) to compose a piece, commissioned by a consortium of bassoonists from around the world. Premiered at the 2012 International Double Reed Convention by Eric Varner, principal bassoonist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Mathematics is a three-movement work that focuses on different branches of math: Geometry, Trigonometry, and Integral Calculus.
It is 15 minutes in length.
Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano. Coastal Kaleidoscope is a three-movement work inspired by my own impressions from a vacation to Monterey California. Movements include: Waves, Seals, and Spring Tide. Commissioned by Elizabeth Young Rennick, former Assistant Professor of double reeds at Eastern Kentucky University. Premiered in March 2014. Published by TrevCo Music Publishing.
For Concert Band. A cryptid is a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but not discovered or documented by the scientific community. Cryptids often appear in folklore and mythology, leading to stories and unfounded belief about their existence. This three-movement was a project for an orchestration class I took in 2014. It is six minutes in length. Movements include: Big Foot, Loch Ness, and Abominable Snow Monster. Premiered in Fall of 2014 by the BYU Symphonic Band. Winner of the Winter 2017 CCM Composers Competition.
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra. Dreamscape is a four movement work (20-22 minutes in length) that takes the listener through four different dreams. The concerto was commissioned by William D, and Lois W. Johnson, and premiered by Jeralee Johnson and students at the Boston Conservatory for her Master’s Thesis project in February 2014. Nancy Ambrose King performed Dreamscape with the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra in December of 2014, and at IDRS in 2016.
For oboe and four percussionists. It is a four movement work (15 minutes in length) that depicts the life cycle of a storm. Commissioned by Arizona State University Doctoral Student, Caryn Creamer, for her thesis and final recital. Forecast was awarded Utah Best Major Work Award at the 2010 Utah Composer’s Guild Competition. I performed Forecast at the 2014 International Double Reed Convention at New York University with students, teachers, and professors from BYU and NYU. It is published by TrevCo Music Publishing.
Original version for Oboe, Alto Saxophone, and Piano. Additional version for oboe, English horn, and piano. Single movement work (5-6 minutes in length). Performed on several national and international performances by the Sundance Trio. Performed at the Carolyn Hove English horn Convention by Carolyn Hove and Sue Tomkiewicz. Published by TrevCo Music Publishing.
Up and Away
Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano. Up and Away is a three movement work (15 minutes in length) that tells the story of a balloon. Commissioned by the BYU School of Music for the Sundance Trio (Geralyn Giovannetti- BYU, Christian Smith- BYU, Jed Moss.) It was premiered at the 2014 International Double Reed Convention at New York University.
Trio for flute, oboe, and bassoon. Brush strokes is a four movement work (12 minutes in length.) Each movement is based on a different impressionist or contemporary painter. Commissioned by the Athenia Chamber Ensemble, Ohio University (Alison Brown Sincoff, Michele Fiala, Matthew Morris.) Premiered in October 2014.
Quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. Motion is a four movement work (15 minutes in length) that focuses on four different “motions.” Movements include: Bike Ride, Stretch, Tip Toe, and Strut. Commissioned by Arizona State University’s faculty woodwind quartet. Premiered in 2010. Performed on the radio programs ClassicalPHX by the Paradise Winds. Performed by BYU’s faculty woodwind quintet, the Orpheus Winds. Motion was featured in the LDS Composers’ Network Concert on October 4th, 2013, performed by the Aspen Winds.
For English horn and piano.