What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, film
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical & Jazz
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
My goal: To harmonize with God's creation song. How It All Started Probably unbeknownst to him, my brother is responsible for awakening in me the desire to compose music. While attending college, he took an elective course in music history. Afterwards, he left his textbook on the floor to ceiling bookcase that covered one wall of my childhood bedroom. The third edition of Donald J. Grout's History of Western Music came adorned with a handsomely illustrated jacket featuring artfully lit photographs of a French horn and violin. Intrigued by the beautiful images adorning its jacket, I removed the book from the shelf and began reading about the luminaries of Western music: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms... My readings led me to subscribe to classical CD clubs through BMG and other providers. Through them I began to amass a collection of critically acclaimed recordings. Soon I found myself taking piano lessons, singing in my school choir, and eventually majoring in music in college. Although my talents were modest, my passion was ardent. My ambition, however, was singular. I wanted to compose music and have it performed by professionals before an appreciative audience. Unfortunately, my dream seemed larger than my musical endowment. My earliest compositions, written in high school, qualify as amusing juvenilia. The work I did in college rose to the level of sophomoric. Nothing much improved until I volunteered as the pianist at a small local church. By using my admittedly modest talents to glorify God and edify others, I found that God multiplied these talents before my eyes. I began to play better than I had when studying under classically-trained concert pianists. My ear seemed to open, and I could hear chord progressions in my head and play them on the piano. In appreciation, I began to write music for God’s glory. Suddenly, people began to say good things about the music I wrote. But that wasn’t the only change. The process of composition I had followed up till then was one of calculated contrivance. With my newfound spiritual focus in music making, composition became a natural outpouring of a heart open to the beauty and love of knowing God and being called into an intimate relationship of sonship with Him. Music for me became the natural expression of a heart in love, overflowing with praise and worship to God.