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An upcoming premiere, and another Substack 

Musical news: I am both performing and premiering a new choral work with Coro Mundi on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at St. Paul Church in Stone Harbor, NJ. Coro Mundi is a wonderful annual festival choir founded by Steve Kushner, who I was privileged to learn from when he directed the Concert Choir at the high school I attended several decades ago. I'm honored to be singing with them and even more honored to be writing music for them! If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Jersey Shore, please come and see us.

Nonmusical news: I have started yet another Substack, thisgreenhouse.substack.com, to chronicle the green home retrofitting projects I've been plugging away at this past decade. If you're interested in practical ways to reduce your home's carbon footprint, take a look.

Fall 2021 concerts, and new Substack 

Two quick updates, one musical, one not:

1. IOCSF's fall concerts are now scheduled! We'll be singing on December 4 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Berkeley and December 18 at 7:30 PM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco. Details at iocsf.org.

2. For those interested in my non-composing-related thoughts, I now have a Substack at futuremoreperfect.substack.com. You can subscribe for periodic posts on ways to sustainably and substantially improve the world for future generations. Stay tuned for more upcoming news on my own more concrete plans to do my bit...

Singing in person again! 

I don't have any performances of my own music to announce, but I do have a couple of in-person singing gigs to promote!

First of all, in October, I am going to be singing with Coro Mundi, an ensemble founded by my former high school choir director, Steve Kushner. We'll be giving a concert in Stone Harbor, NJ on October 9th and in Philadelphia, PA on October 10th. Details in the image below.

Second, I am about to start rehearsing with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco in our return to in-person singing for the fall season. We can't yet be certain of our December concert dates and venues due to the ongoing situation, but we definitely plan to have a December concert even if it has to be a livestream! www.iocsf.org will have the updates as the season evolves.

Looking ahead 

The end of pandemic restrictions and the return to group singing are occupying my thoughts quite a lot lately, as I think they are occupying many folks' thoughts. I got my first vaccine shot a week ago and am planning choral events with medium confidence for late June and with high confidence for mid-October. It feels awfully good to be able to say that.

I'm very lucky to have had time to compose this past year, and to have had a wonderful teacher, Vince Peterson, to guide me in my composing process. I highly encourage anyone interested in his teaching to check out Vince's new project, Greenhouse Music, a venture aiming to reinvent conservatory-level music education for the 21st century. If you want to get serious about leveling up as a musician, but are turned off by the barriers to entry of a typical conservatory, I can think of nobody more passionate, more committed, or more qualified than Vince to help people like you.

In my own news for 2021, I have two new pieces for a cappella SATB choir up on SMP Press, both looking forward to the spring-of-love spirit that I hope will accompany our emergence from social distancing: Invitation to Love and Letabundus rediit. I am also working on a cantata for TTBB choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra, tentatively titled "Hakol Hevel (All Is Mere Breath)," which will serve as both my first "major" work and my definitive emotional statement on the extraordinary and difficult experiences of the past year. It is currently on track for a premiere sometime in the 2022-23 season, most likely in the early spring of 2023. Stay tuned for more details!

New publications of my pieces 

I am delighted to announce that I am officially a published composer! Three of my best and most interesting pieces-- "As kingfishers catch fire," "O Clavis David," and "Songs in Time of Peril"-- are now part of the catalogue of Personage Press, the imprint headed by my longtime teacher and dear friend Vince Peterson. I'm so excited to have these pieces more widely publicized to choirs worldwide.

I've taken the opportunity as well to revamp the rest of my catalogue and produce new editions of additional pieces of mine, which I've then self-published through Sheet Music Plus. Availability through SMP makes the pieces simpler to purchase and more searchable too. You can see all my scores available for purchase, as always, on my scores page.