News Archive

I was in Washington, D. C., for the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, from November 16-19, 2018.

I presented a paper on the series Vikings at the annual Film & History conference (November 7-10, 2018), in Madison, Wisconsin. What a lovely city!

I gave a paper on All in The Family at the annual meeting of the Midwest Popular Culture Association in Indianapolis in early October, 2018.

I was in Indianapolis for the national conference of the Popular Culture Association (March 28-31, 2018). I gave a paper on music in the television series Dexter.

My second annual Christmas Podcast on “My Radio” @ is available!

On December 13, 2017, I completed some additional recording at Sound of Cypress studio in preparation for my second annual Christmas podcast. You can also watch the resulting video at my YouTube channel. (Follow the link at the bottom of this page.)

From November 1 through November 5, 2017, I was back in Milwaukee for the annual Film & History conference. It was an outstanding conference this year, and I appreciated the chance to meet several new scholars and become reacquainted with others.

On Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017, I was at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association annual conference. I presented a paper on Dexter.

I spent the afternoon of Saturday, April 22, 2017, working with a group of my friends and colleagues on a recording and video project, which I have shared on my YouTube channel.  I want to thank my partners: Sound of Cypress studio, videographer and photographer, Brian LaBrec, and Sophia Han (violin) and Zach Stern (saxophone).

On Monday, April 3, 2017, members of the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble performed movements from two of my chamber pieces in a concert at Christ Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida.

Maddie Pelkey joined the team as our first guest blogger in March! You can read her post about auditioning for music programs by following the link among the recent posts found on this page.

I have joined the board of The Silent Film Sound & Music Archive. This organization is doing wonderful work to preserve the music of the silent film era and to make it available to listeners and performers today.

During the Fall 2016 semester, I was in Milwaukee for the Film & History conference where I was part of a panel on Friday, October 28.

It was also a great pleasure to have been able to visit Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, over several days in October 2016 as the guest of the departments and programs in History, Music, Film Studies, and Urban Studies. I gave a presentation on Arts Entrepreneurship, discussed interdisciplinary research during a lunch-time “round table” with history faculty and students, shared with composition students about my work as a composer, and presented a public lecture, ‘Megamachines, Monsters, and Music: Nuclear Culture on American and British Science Fiction Television from the 1950s to the Present.’

12524217_10207868819853401_5686567772969928439_nI presented a recital of original compositions on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Thomasville, Georgia. The program  included several of my chamber works for winds and a major new piano work. I was joined on the program by talented graduate students from Florida State University. To view pictures and to listen to sample recordings, visit my post about the recital (“My Chamber Recital”).

I am pleased to be able to provide leadership for the Music Entrepreneurship program at the College of Music at Florida State University. Check out some of my posts on music entrepreneurship, or read the news story (below) about some of the recent projects and activities related to entrepreneurship in the FSU College of Music. (Scroll to the bottom of the second linked page for additional audio):

28 songs in 28 days: An FSU music student’s composition quest

FSU outreach efforts take classical music from the concert hall to the campus