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“Formations” Symphony mentioned in Symphony Magazine

Glad to see my Symphony No. 1, “Formations,” mentioned in the Spring 2017 edition of Symphony Magazine:

“Seize the Sun” at Carnegie Hall gets a terrific review!

New York Theatre Guide reviews Seize The Sun: Fantasy on Icarus

Kicking off the New Year with a bang…and looking back with perspective

As I begin 2017, I’m wrapping up Phase One of my sabbatical year and reflecting on how action-packed the last five months have been! Since September I’ve written a string quartet, crowd-funded the Costa Concordia violin concerto project, finished my book (The Entrepreneurial Muse: Creating a thriving career in classical music), conducted residencies at Michigan State […]

Loons & Lager: Opportunity through Combination

One of the abiding mysteries of entrepreneurship is where the initial impulses for ideas come from. Sometimes it seems that good ideas just appear out of the blue, but if you drill down a little deeper there’s usually some context, some prelude of ideas or observations that set up that “ah ha!” moment. Very few […]

“Seize the Sun” to premiere at Carnegie Hall!

When I was a kid my mom used to tell me, “Good things come to those who wait.” Well, it’s been a very long wait, but my music will finally be heard in the most famous venue of them all, Carnegie Hall. The Carpe Diem String Quartet (http://www.cdsq.org/) will perform the World Premiere of my […]

The key to lifelong growth

This week while I was in residence at Michigan State University, I had a student come up to me and ask a great question: What can I do after I graduate to continue growing as a musician? It’s a question every professional should ask, and especially those of us in the arts: our artistry continually […]

Campaign Complete!

Well, folks, the campaign is complete! My goals for the campaign were ambitious – definitely of the “aspirational” sort – and though we fell short of those, we still raised over $20,000! This will completely fund the core of the project — the commission itself — and allow us to move forward while I continue to […]

Violin Concerto – Costa Concordia has launched!

I’m thrilled to announce my first-ever crowdfunding campaign, in support of a violin concerto I’ve been commissioned to write for Grammy-winning violinist Edward Dusinberre. The piece is inspired by the tragic story of Hungarian violinist Sándor Fehér, who perished in the 2012 shipwreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia. After heroic efforts to help families and […]

“Dinosaurs, Elephants, and Dragon Slayers” – Barriers to change in our schools

College Music Society Summit on 21st-century Music School Design Morning Remarks: Will May – Dean, Baylor University School of Music Mary Ellen Poole – Director, Butler School of Music, University of Texas-Austin Jeffrey Nytch – Director-Entrepreneurship Center for Music, University of Colorado-Boulder  [Author’s note: I was honored to be asked to participate in the Sunday […]

Happy News!

It’s with great joy (and more than a little relief) that I announce that I’ve been awarded Tenure at The University of Colorado-Boulder. I’m honored by the confidence my institution has shown me by conveying this milestone, and I’m gratified that seven years of hard work has paid off. I’m also extremely proud to be […]

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