Background: Born in Norfolk, Va., doctorate from Yale;
composer/pianist in residence in Mongolia via the U.S. Information
Agency; at Tufts since 1990.
Compositions: More than 800, including commissions for the Havana
Festival 2000, St. Petersburg Spring Festival 2002, Duke University,
Wellesley College, Vienna Saxophone Quartet, Boston Celebrity
Series, Worcester Chorus, and Florestan Recital Project.
Current work: Annual piano albums (collections of short solo
keyboard pieces); "Peace Process," a work for basset horn and piano
for Tufts Merrin Professor (and clarinetist) Ray Jackendoff; an
evening-long song cycle about animals for voice and piano; a choral
work for the Worcester Chorus.
Goal in music: "I like to confront people, to mark events in our
lives, to capture in music something I've observed that would be difficult to
express in words-something about a person, something political, or something
completely abstract. All my acts of composing are inherently pacifist."
Why Tufts: "I don't feel I can meet the needs of more than eight
graduate composers at a time, so the smallness of our graduate music program is
important. I also appreciate all the contact I have at Tufts with people from
other departments and disciplines, as well as the very high quality of our
After-Hours: Compose, practice, read, and then do those things some
more. What little free time I have, I spend with my wife and children. I also
like to run in the woods."