Before Night Fallsopera (2003-5) 7 principals, smaller roles, chorus and orchestra (2-2-2-2 4-3-3-1 harp, celeste/piano, 4 perc., timp. and strings) libretto by Jorge Martín with Dolores M. Koch, based on the memoir by Reinaldo Arenas, dur. 2.5 hours music and one intermission. Also available in a version for smaller orchestra.

World Premiere production May 29 and June 6, 2010 by the Fort Worth Opera Festival, directed by David Gately with stage design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting by Harry Frehner, projections by Peter Negrini, costumes by Claudia Stephens and choreography by John de los Santos. Conducted by Joe Illick with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Cast: Wes Mason (Arenas), Seth Mease Carico (Víctor), Janice Hall (Mother/The Sea), Jesús García (Ovidio), Javier Abreu (Pepe), Jonathan Blalock (Lázaro), Courtney Ross (The Moon), Corey Trahan (Visa and Port Official).


Beast and Superbeast, a chamber comic opera in four one-acts based on stories by Saki (H. H. Munro), (1996) libretto by Andrew Joffe (The Interlopers, Sredni Vashtar, The Mappined Life, Tobermory) various chamber ensembles; dur. 2 hours + intermission.

March 1996 at Bethesda, MD by The Other Opera Company, full production, 2 pianos and percussion (6 perfs.) June 1996 in New York City by the American Chamber Opera Company, full production with orchestra (4 perfs.)


The Interlopers, a short story in music, (1992-4) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for two baritones and chamber ensemble (2 tpts., 2 horns, trombone, tuba, timp., and strings), c. 20 min.


Sredni Vashtar, a story in music and one act, (1993-4) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for soprano and contralto and chamber ensemble (oboe/Eng. horn, harp, 2 perc., double string quartet and bass), c. 40 min.


The Mappined Life, a story in rondo-variations, (1995) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for soprano, contralto and baritone, and piano, c. 15 min.


Tobermory, a story in music and one act, (1990-91) Andrew A. Joffe, librettist, adapted from Saki’s short story, for seven singers and chamber ensemble (fl., 2 clar., bassoon, piano 4-hands, perc., and strings), c. 45 min.; full production April 18, 1993 by the University of Oregon at Eugene, Winner of the National Opera Association’s Fifth Biennial Chamber Opera Competition (1992)

November 1993 at Tulane University (as the 1992 prize-winner at the NOA’s 1993 convention in New Orleans)

American Chamber Opera Co. in NYC (with a grant from Meet the Composer) Feb. 1994, 4 perfs.

Lake George Opera Festival (with Mozart’s The Impresario) August 9, 11 & 13, 1997

U. of Missouri at Kansas City Opera workshop April 29, 1998

Boston University Opera Institute, Fringe Festival, Nov. 3-5, 2000, 4 perfs.

Boston University Opera Institute, Fringe Festival, Oct. 25-26, 31-Nov. 1, 2008, 4 perfs.


See Newsroom for reviews, Listening Room for sound clips.


The Composer’s Nightmareor Puss in Boots, (1998-9) (revision of Puss in Boots , 1986-90) full-length comic opera, libretto by the composer and Andrew Joffe (2 hours + intermission)




We Two Boys, song on the poem by Walt Whitman, for baritone and piano, (2013) c. 4-5 min. Commissioned privately for a memorial.


When I Am Gone Away, song on a poem my Christina Rossetti, for lyric soprano or tenor and piano, (2012) c. 3 min. World premiere sung by Courtney Ross on October 14, at Emmanuel UCC, Hanover PA.


This Too Shall Pass, song duet for tenor and baritone, on a poem by Aaron Alarcón and Jorge Martín, (2012) c. 8 min. Commissioned by the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX.


City of Orgies, Walks and Joys! song on a poem by Walt Whitman, for two singers (mezzo and tenor, other arrangements available), piano and violin (2011) c. 6 min. Commissioned by the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, premiere in Brooklyn, Oct. 6, 2011 at the Galapagos Space. Also: November 12, 2011 Queens Town Hall; January 12, 2012 at Baruch Performing Arts Center


So Beautiful, song cycle, 7 poems by Orhan Veli Kanik (trans. Richard Schwarzenberger and Grace Martin Smith) for medium voice and piano (2011), dur, c. 10 min.


To a Stranger, song cycle, 5 poems by Walt Whitman for baritone and piano (2010), dur. c. 8.5 min. The poems are from the “Calamus” series in Leaves of Grass.


La Soga, song for mezzo-soprano and piano, in Spanish, words by the composer (2006) composed for Mary Nessinger and Jeanne Golan at their request for a performance and recording project, dur. 4 min. Recorded by these artists on the Albany label (Troy 1113) “Innocence Lost.”


Spoken With the Hands, a song for baritone and piano (2004) (uses sign language) composed at the request of Marcus DeLoach, for a performance project, poem by Dan Bellm, dur. 5 min.


Two Rilke Songs, for baritone and piano, (2004) private commission, dur. 6 minutes, in German (“Herbst” and “Liebeslied”) public premiere by William Stone and Joseph Colaneri on May 22, 2005 at Dizzy’s Club Lincoln Center as part of Janice Mayer and Associates’ 10th Anniversary Concert “New Vistas” benefiting Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS


A Cuban in Vermont, Five Simple Songs, for mezzo-soprano or soprano and piano, (2003) dur. c. 13 minutes. Words by the composer. Commissioned by the Vermont Music Teachers Association. World premiere October 25, 2003 in Boston with Jessica Grigg, mezzo-soprano and Jorge Martín, piano; March 13, 2005 Jessica Grigg and David Holkeboer, Middlebury College, VT; May 20, 2007 Elizabeth Caballero and Leesa Dahl, Berkeley, CA; June 12, 2010 Elizabeth Caballero and Elaine Rinaldi, at First Presbyterian Church of Miami, FL. “Nocturno” is featured in the film “Voices From Mariel.”

Also arranged for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra (3-3-2-2-1).


Plundered Heartstwo songs for baritone and piano, (2002) dur. 14-15 minutes, poems by J. D. McClatchy, written for Thomas Meglioranza, commissioned by Rochana Muenthongchin for Concert Artists Guild and written for Thomas Meglioranza, with additional support from Bradford and Dorothea Endicott and Heidrun Rotterdam.

Performances: Weill Hall, New York City, April 15, 2003; Grinnell, Iowa, April 19, 2003
Poughkeepsie, NY, October 5, 2003; Aspen Music Festival, Aug. 7, 2003, Ryan McKinney & Tomoko Uchino
Beacon, NY, Oct. 5, 2003, Meglioranza & Chang; Rockefeller University, NY, Jan. 30, 2004, Meglioranza & Chang
Thalia, Symphony Space, NY, Feb. 9, 2006, Meglioranza & Reiko Uchida


The Darkling Thrush, for soprano, flute and piano, (2002) dur. 12 minutes, poem by Thomas Hardy, written for Hyunah Yu, soprano, Karen Kevra, flute and Jeffrey Chappell, piano, commissioned by Capital City Concerts. First performance January 11, 2003 in Montpelier, Vermont.

also arranged for soprano, violin and piano (2011)


Demeter and Persephone: the Mother to her Daughter Recovered from Death, (1999-2000) a dramatic monologue for soprano and piano, poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 38 min.


Homage, a song for soprano and piano, (1998) on a poem by Dan Bellm, 12 min.


Of Fathers and Sons, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano, (1997) on three poems by Dan Bellm: “Damage” (c. 2.5 min.), “Lament” (c. 8.5 min.), and “Before Words” (c. 7 min.), total c. 18 min.


The Glass Hammer, a cycle of 15 songs for baritone and piano, (1995-7) poetry by Andrew Hudgins, c. 65 min. Recording released by Koch International Classics (KIC 7519), with baritone Sanford Sylvan and pianist David Breitman. Premiere tour by Sanford Sylvan, baritone and David Breitman, piano: Feb. 26, 2000 New London, CT, World Premiere; Mar. 2, 2000 Middlebury, VT (Sylvan/Breitman); Mar. 4, 2000 Burlington, VT (Sylvan/Breitman); May 5, 2000 presentation by Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, NY (Sylvan/Breitman); Jan. 31, 2002 Vocal Arts Society, Washington DC (Sylvan/Breitman); Feb. 6, 8, 10, 2002 Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ (Sylvan/Breitman); Sept. 12, 2003 Oberlin Artist Recital Series, Oberlin, OH (Sylvan/Breitman); March 6, 2008 by Jonathan Hays, baritone, and Craig Ketter, piano, at Brooklyn College, NY; June 28, 2008 at Long Leaf Opera Festival, Chapel Hill, NC (Hays/Ketter); November 6, 2009 at Rubendall Recital Hall in Dickinson College, Harrisburg, PA (Hays/Ketter)


Love Portions, a song for soprano and piano, (1991) poem by Joan Van Poznak, dur. c. 4 min., commissioned by Karen Van Poznak, premièred at the Trinity Church on Wall Street, April 2, 1991 with Karen Van Poznak singing and Arlene Shrut at the piano; at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Sept. 24, 1991.




Music, (2012) based on the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, commissioned by Counterpoint. World Premiere in Vermont, April 5 (Colchester), April 6 (Montpelier) and April 7 (Manchester), 2013.


Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rockingcantata (2008) for chorus, soprano soloist, string quartet, piano, clarinet and percussion, duration 50-55 minutes. Based on the poem by Walt Whitman. Written to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Cantori NY. World premiere by Cantori NY, Mark Shapiro, music director, on March 7, 2009 at Holy Trinity Church in New York City. Elisa Singer (soprano), The Cassatt Quartet, Jeanne Golan (piano), Meighan Stoops (clarinet and bass clarinet), Michael Lipsey (percussion)


Stronger Than Darkness, cantata (2006) with 5 soloists, chorus and orchestra (2-2-2-2 4-2-3-1 harp, celeste, 3 or 4 perc. inc. timp. and strings), libretto by Jorge Martín with Dolores M. Koch, dur. c. 40 min. based on music from the opera “Before Night Falls” World premiere March 18, 2007 Monmouth Civic Chorus in Red Bank, NJ, Mark Shapiro conducting.


The Brain, for SATB chorus, (2004) poem by Emily Dickinson, commissioned by Social Band, dur. 4 minutes, performed throughout Vermont in 2005 as part of the Vermont Composers’ Project, recording released in 2005

Read the review by Jim Lowe, April 13, 2005, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus

One Hour to Madness and Joy, four settings of poems by Walt Whitman for SSATBB chorus (2002), dur. c. 23 minutes. 1. One Hour to Madness and Joy; 2. Miracles; 3. O Secret of the Earth and Sky; 4. I Call to Thee O Soul. World premiere, November 14, 2004 Cantori New York, Mark Shapiro, music director, St. Luke’s-in-the-Field, NYC




Don’t Know Yet, for viola sola, dur. 5 minutes, written for Liz Reid McQuillan for a concert at the Gallery 345 in Toronto, November 27, 2014

Wand’ring Steps and Slow, for piano solo, (2000) dur. 16 minutes, written for Jeanne Golan. 2001 performaces by Jeanne Golan: Oct. 1, NYC, Weill Hall; Nov. 7, Philadelphia, Fleisher Collection

Recording on Albany (TROY671) by Jeanne Golan, piano (released July 2004)


Piano Fantasy on “Sredni Vashtar,” for piano solo, (2001-2) dur. c. 14 minutes

Recording on Albany (TROY671) by Jeanne Golan, piano (released July 2004); March 12, 2010 World Premiere by Jeanne Golan at The Stone in New York City


Recuerda, for solo cello, (2005) a private commission and premiere, Yehuda Hanani, cello, dur. c, 10 min.; March 15, 2008 at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, MA (CEWM – Hanani); April 12, 2008 at 8 p.m. at Theater 4301 Scottsdale, AZ (CEWM – Hanani)




Concertino, for string ensemble (soloist + 3-3-2-2-1 min.), (2011) written for the Eleva Chamber Players, dur. c. 8.5 min. World premiere fall of 2011: November 5, 2011, 7:30 PM United Church of Christ/Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 N. Main Street, Waterbury, and November 6, 2011, 3:00 PM, First Church Universalist of Barre, 19 Church Street, Barre, Vermont(on YouTube)


Serenata, Cuban Suite No. 1, for violin and piano, (2002, rev. 2011) dur. 22 minutes. Eleven short movements based on old Cuban music.


Tango Fantasyfor flute and piano, (2010) dur. c. 8 min. (also arranged for clarinet and piano)


Four Dances, for string quintet, (2012) dur. c. 18 min. (String quartet + bass)


Meditation, for violin and piano, (2007) dur. 10 min.


Four Noble Truths, sonata for cello and piano in four movements, (2007) duration c. 30 min. World premiere March 12, 2011 Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, MA Yehuda Hanani, cello and Walter Ponce, piano presented by Close Encounters With Music. ~Program notes~


Ropa vieja, Cuban Suite No. 2, for cello, accordion and percussion (bongos, maracas, and claves), (2006) dur. 14.5 min. Commissioned by Close Encounters With Music, and made possible through the generosity of Gideon and Sarah Gartner. World premiere at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, MA on March 17, 2007; again on March 24, 2007 in Scottsdale, AZ; June 4, 2011 Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA. ~Program notes~


Conjuration, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, (2003) commissioned by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, dur. 10 minutes; World premiere April 2, 2004 Burlington; April 4, Montpelier; April 1, 2005 VCME at Montpelier & May 1 at Colchester; January 8, 2007 Sequitur at Merkin Hall, NYC; May 7, 2008 Continuum at the Americas Society in New York City (680 Park Avenue, at 68th St.) on a program called “The Latin Legacy” celebrating the younger generation of Latin-American born composers in the U.S.; October 25, 2009 Continuum at the Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon NY


Hollywood Variations, for cello and piano, (2003) on a theme by Leonard Rosenman from “East of Eden,” dur. c. 9 minutes. Commissioned by Close Encounters With Music as a tribute to the work of Leonard Rosenman. World premiere November 28, 2003 at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, MA with Yehuda Hanani, cello and James Tocco, piano; April 3, 2004 Scottsdale AZ (Hanani/Tocco)


Three Nocturnes for Cello and Piano, (1997) ca. 12 min. Premiered in Salisbury, Vermont on July 10, 1998; also at Derby Line, Vt. July 31, 1998; Middlebury, Vt. Oct. 4, 1998; Burlington Oct. 17, 1999; Rutland, Vt. March 16, 2001 with Dieuwke Davydov, cello, and Diana Fanning, piano; also: March-April 2001: Davydov-Fanning duo tour of Europe, seven cities; April 22, 2001 in Randolph, Vt. (and other performances)
May 5, 2001 Yehuda Hanani, cello and Stephen Prutsman, piano, Close Encounters with Music presents, Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood; January 6, 2003 Mark Shuman, cello and Todd Crow, piano at the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC

“Three Nocturnes”
1. arr. for violin and piano
2. arr. for viola and piano
3. arr. for clarinet and piano

With Eric Mandat, clarinet and Jeanne Golan, piano: Oct. 25, 2006 Vancouver, CA; March 4, 2007 Summit NJ; March 6, 2007 SUNY Nassau, NY; Sept. 30, 2007 at Columbus State University in Georgia; Oct. 3, 2007 at the University of Florida at Tallahassee; Oct. 5, 2007 at the University of North Florida at Jacksonville

~Program notes~


Saxophone Quartet, (1990, rev. 1991) c. 15 min. Premiered by the Wiener Saxophonquartett as part of the Klangbogen New Music Festival in Vienna, July 12, 1993; also in NYC January 24, 1994 at Greenwich House Music School; See Newsroom for reviews


Variations for Piano Four-Hands on “That Lonesome Valley” (1984) performed at the Cornerstone Center on Jan. 20, 1985 (with a grant from Meet the Composer) and at McMillin Theater on Feb. 15, 1985, c. 20 min.




Romance for Orchestra, version for large orchestra (3-2-2-2, 4-2-3-0, Harp, Strings) commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to celebrate their 75th anniversary season, 2009. Dur. 10 minutes. January 24, 2009 at the Flynn in Burlington and January 25, 2009 at the Paramount in Rutland, VT


Toccata for orchestra, “City Lights, Country Sun” (2008) dur. 8 minutes. 3-3-3-3 4-3-3-1 timp., 2 perc., harp and strings. Commissioned by the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Commission funded in part by grants from the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer and private donors. World premiere Barre Opera House, Oct. 18, 2009; Oct. 19, 2009 Hardwick Town House Theater (Lou Kosma, cond.); Feb. 7, 2009 Johnson State College; Feb. 8, 2009 Barre Opera House; May 30, 2009 St. Michael’s College; May 31, 2009 St. Johnsbury; Jan. 30, 2010 Central New Jersey Youth Orchestra in the Watchung Hills High School (Kosma); Feb. 13, 2011 Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Sparta (Kosma)


Romance, for small orchestra (1-2-0-2, 2 horns, strings min. 6-6-4-4-2), (1999) commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for “Made in Vermont” tour Sept. 22-Oct. 3, 1999 through 10 Vermont towns (Rutland, Woodstock, Brattleboro, Middlebury, Randolph, Vergennes, St. Albans, Johnson, Derby Line, Lyndon); dur. c. 12 min. Listen to an MP3 audio sample


That Lonesome Valley, an orchestral fantasy (Variations on a Spiritual) for full orchestra (3-2-3-2 4-3-3-1 1-2, Kybrd., Harp, Strings), (1995) c.18 min. see also: Variations for Piano Four-Hands on “That Lonesome Valley” (1984)