As a composer, sound artist, and performer of contemporary art music, I am interested in both adaptable-length and traditional fixed-length works for acoustic and electronic media. I create music as a method of expressing themes of memory, transformation, nature, and comfort. I understand and experience art as a unique space that allows for the suspension of disbelief where audience and performers can experiment with the juxtaposition of ideas that might originate from dissimilar places. This juxtaposition of dissimilarities is parallel to the alterity I felt as my Appalachian identity was displaced in more urban and more academic environments. As I engage with new ideas, I learn to coalesce new ideas with my past experience, creating works that express some part of my personal history while engaging with the changing world around me.
Recent projects that engage with these ideas include a temporary interactive sound installation at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University titled Each step, that allowed participants to explore a 5x5 grid on the floor where each square had a unique effect on the synthesized sound. A variation of this sound installation was recreated at the 2019 International Computer Music Conference, where the work won the award for 'best student submission.' Throughout 2019 I collaborated with Houston artist Allison Hunter to create an outdoor video and sound performance in Sesquicentennial Park in downtown Houston. Last year, a collaboration with double bassist/vocalist Annick Odom explored current issues in Appalachia, namely the opioid epidemic and lack of economic opportunity.
Upcoming projects include research into musician-computer interactivity, music outreach projects and a commission through Da Camera of Houston, and a piece for violin and electronics for violinist Matt Lammers.
Currently, I am a DMA student at Rice University where I have studied with Kurt Stallmann, Richard Lavenda, and Karim Al-Zand. Prior to attending Rice, I taught composition, music theory, and aural skills at West Virginia University for the academic year 2017-2018. My master's institution was Bowling Green State University, where I studied with Marilyn Shrude, Christopher Dietz, and Mikel Kuehn. My undergraduate study in composition and piano performance was completed at West Virginia University under John Beall and David Taddie. As a pianist, I have premiered several of my own works as well as the works of other contemporary composers.