“Teacher of the Week” Student-Nominated Award from WREX News

“Teacher of the Week” Interview on WREX News

So grateful that a student nominated me for “Teacher of the Week” through WREX News. Here is the interview from when they visited my school! Thanks to my students for all their hard work and for the recognition!


MeiaMeia Makes Ballot Round for 2018 Grammys!

Arcomusical’s album, MeiaMeia, has made it to the ballot round for the 2018 Grammys! This news is so humbling; I am constantly reminded of how special Arcomusical is and how fortunate I am to be a part of this incredible project. Fingers crossed that our album makes it to the next round!

For more information about MeiaMeia and Arcomusical, click here!


“Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” Selected for Aries Composers Festival – Colorado State University


I am so excited to announce that “Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” has been selected for performance as part of the Aries Composers Festival at Colorado State University! Not only am I honored by this opportunity, but this is a very special event for me because this brings me back to my home in Colorado. I will be able to share this event with my brother, who currently attends CSU, as well as other members of my family (and my nief-norf family! Shoutout to Douglas Hertz for also being selected!) For more information about this festival, please visit their website here!

New berimbau trio, “Ondulação,” to be premiered in 2017-2018 Arcomusical season

Arcomusical is back at it for our 2017-18 season! On top of premiering commissioned works by Elliot Cole and Kyle Krause, my newest berimbau trio will be programmed. “Ondulação” (or “Ripple”) is the first berimbau-only chamber piece that I have written since the MeiaMeia album (see “Aqui no meu jardim” for a duo that I wrote for berimbau and mbira). I have always been so humbled by the opportunities that Arcomusical has allowed me to have as a composer and performer, and I look forward to another incredible season. For more information, click here!

New Composition: “Flight of a Cuckoo” premiere from the 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival

I am delighted to share the premiere performance recording of Flight of a Cuckoo from the 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival! This festival was so inspiring, and I am pleased with the work that went in to make this performance possible. Performers include Elizabeth Milligan (flute), Zoe Hartenbaum (viola), David Floyd (bass clarinet), Joe Pazanowski (percussion), conducted by Eric Retterer. For more information about this piece, please click here!