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Vocal Music

Mabel's Call (2016)

2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass-baritone, with chorus and chamber ensemble

A one act opera, currently in development, inspired by the life of early 20th century writer, arts promoter, and salon hostess, Mabel Dodge Luhan. Video features excerpts from piano-vocal workshop reading in Taos, New Mexico.

Excerpts from piano-vocal score were presented in concert workshop reading as part of “Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes” program produced by American Opera Projects. Performed by Tookah Sapper, Soprano; Blake Friedman, Tenor; Kyle Guglielmo, Baritone; and Mila Henry, Piano, at South Oxford Space in Brooklyn, NY, 9/29/16 and The National Opera Center in New York, NY, 10/02/16.

Excerpts from piano-vocal score were previously presented in a concert workshop reading in conjunction with exhibit Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West. Performed by Shelley Jackson, Soprano; Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, Tenor; Carlos Archuleta, Baritone; and Kristin Ditlow, Piano, at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos NM, 8/12/16. Featured Performance.

Aria Tony Teaches Me (ca. 4 mins) was performed by Tookah Sapper, Soprano, and Charity Wicks, Piano, on “Composers & the Voice: First Glimpse” presented by American Opera Projects, South Oxford Space, Brooklyn NY, 5/13 & 5/14/16.

The Coming of Spring (2014)

Tenor with flute (piccolo), oboe (English horn), clarinet (bass clarinet), bassoon, horn, and piano

A one-act staged monodrama, with music & libretto by Nell Shaw Cohen, inspired by the life and paintings of Charles E. Burchfield. Learn more about The Coming of Spring and listen to a full scene at thecomingofspring.com

Presented in staged workshop performance at New York University, Provincetown Playhouse, New York NY. Featuring David Rosenmeyer, Conductor; Herschel Garfein, Stage Director; and Tyler Lee, Tenor. 4/29/14.

Piano-vocal arrangement of “Collecting” (excerpt) performed on recital by Tyler Lee, Tenor. NYU, Black Box Theatre, New York NY. Ben Baker, Piano. 5/19/14.

Piano-vocal arrangement of “Prologue: Two Hollows” (excerpt) performed on UrbanAnimals NYU; NYU, Provincetown Playhouse, New York NY. Tyler Lee, Tenor; Alice Hargrove, Piano. 11/24/14.

Workshop of “Collecting” (excerpt) recorded at New York University, New York NY. Herschel Garfein, Conductor; Tyler Lee, Tenor; Yeami Kim, Flute; Carolyn Johnston, Oboe; Emily Martin, Clarinet; Kaitlyn Lipka, Horn; Anna Morris, Bassoon; Alice Hargrove, Piano. 3/13/13.

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I Like to Play with Him (2011)

Soprano and piano

Setting of a poem by Stevie Smith for soprano and piano. Read the text.

Commissioned by WordSong concert series. Premiere St. Botolph Club, Boston MA, 5/24/11. Kristen Watson, Soprano; Linda Osborn-Blaschke, Piano. Featured Performance.

Additional WordSong performances at NEC, Pierce Hall, Boston MA, 10/26/11; a private salon, 11/04/11; and Club Oberon in Cambridge MA, 11/14/12.

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I Dream'd in a Dream (2011)

Soprano, alto, tenor, and bass

A setting of selections from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman for SATB vocal ensemble or choir. First and third movements are posted above; the second movement, "Think of the Soul," has not been recorded. Learn more about I Dream'd in a Dream on my blog.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston MA. The New England Conservatory New Music Vocal Chamber Ensemble. 4/06/11.

The NEC New Music Vocal Chamber Ensemle

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Revealed in Stone (Ensemble Version) (2009)

Tenor and chamber ensemble

A song cycle setting of poems by Michelangelo in a (partly) original English translation. This is an arrangement for tenor with an 11-piece chamber ensemble. The piano version can be heard here.

Visit the multimedia guide to Revealed in Stone on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the poetry, art and music.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston MA. Featuring Mxolisi Duda, Tenor; Aram Demirjian, Conductor. 12/01/09.


Nell with Aram Demirjian

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Revealed in Stone (Piano Version) (2009)

Tenor and piano

A song cycle setting of poems by Michelangelo in a (partly) original English translation. The arrangement for tenor with 11-piece chamber ensemble can be heard here.

Visit the multimedia guide to Revealed in Stone on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the poetry, art and music.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Joshua Quinn, Tenor; Christina Chao, Piano. 11/02/12. Featured Performance.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Mxolisi Duda, Tenor; Patricia Au, Piano; 3/31/09.

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To Create One's Own World (2009)

Soprano, flute, bass clarinet, and marimba

A song setting of quotations from Georgia O'Keeffe. Visit the multimedia guide to To Create One's Own World on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the quotations, art and music.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Morgan Strickland, Soprano; Erika Boysen, Flute; Jay Hutchinson, Bass Clarinet; Dave Tarantino, Marimba. 11/02/12.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston MA. Rachel Holmes, Soprano; Stephanie Cambra, Flute; Bass Clarinet; Takehiko Mochizuki, Marimba. 4/21/09. Featured performance.


Nell with Stephanie Cambra, Jay Hutchinson, and Rachel Holmes.

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Songs for Baritone (2009)

Baritone and piano

As the Sky Does in Water - listen to mp3
Laws for Creations - listen to mp3

Settings of Rumi and Walt Whitman. Read the program note and text.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Chad Flynn, Baritone; Patricia Au, Piano. 2/02/09.

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Forming Desires (2008)

Mezzo-soprano, clarinet, horn, and cello

listen to mp3

A setting of philosophical poetry by Muhammad Iqbal. Winner of the 2009 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Read the program note.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Oriana Dunlop, Mezzo-Soprano; Alexandra Frana, Clarinet; Lauren Hunt, French Horn; David Meyer, Cello. 10/28/08.

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Memory (2007)

Soprano, alto, tenor, and bass

Senses - mp3
Recollection - mp3
Inward Action - mp3
This Power of Memory - mp3
or... all in one mp3

A multi-movement setting of an excerpt from St. Augustine's "Confessions" about memory and sense (in an English translation by Henry Chadwick). Read the text.

Recorded at John Kilgore Sound & Recording, New York NY. Kris Gould, Soprano; Lawrence Lipnik, Alto; John Olund, Tenor; Kurt-Owen Richards, Bass. Members of Lionheart, Pomerium, Parthenia, et al. 2007.

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