Switch~ Performance at Kent State University

The Switch~ Ensemble performed on the Vanguard New Music Guest Artist Series at Kent State University on September 25th. The group included myself, Matt Evans (saxophone), and Wei-Han Wu (piano). In addition to the concert, we talked about our ensemble’s history and gave a workshop on our use of technology, and Matt gave a masterclass to saxophone students. Our program included works by:

Alex Mincek
Pendulum III
for saxophone and piano
Jonathan Harvey
Tombeau de Messiaen
for piano & electronics
Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Second Study for Alto Saxophone, Electronics, and Video: pulp
for alto saxophone, electronics, & video
Eric Wubbels
this is this is this is
for saxophone and piano
Switch~ Performs at the Queens New Music Festival

The Switch~ Ensemble performed Alternating Currents, a program of electroacoustic and multimedia works, on the Queens New Music Festival at the Big Secret Theatre. The concert featured a number of American and New York premieres:

Chris Chandler
Smoke and Mirrors
Lisa Streich
Clay Mettens
He Dreams a Mother^
Santiago Diez-Fischer
Loop's Definition*
Anthony Vine
Things Fall Apart
Alexander Schubert
Star Me Kitten*
^ New York premiere
* American premiere
New Website

Welcome to my new site! I’ve created a brand new website using Jekyll and GitHub Pages, and I am in the process of transferring everything from the old site, so please pardon the dust.

Smoke and Mirrors on Incipitsfy

Check out a brand new score following video of Smoke and Mirrors on the YouTube channel incipitsfy. Thanks, Dan!


Ensemble U Premieres Recast Fragments

The Estonian group Ensemble U is this year’s featured guest ensemble at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival. 3P is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with four commissions by University of Richmond alumni, including new works by me and Heather Stebbins for Ensemble U: and new works by Matt McCabe and Jenny Bernard Merkowitz for guest clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman.

Ensemble U premiered Recast Fragments in a concert on 11/3/15 at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, and they will be giving another performance at Third Practice on 11/6/15.

The Switch~ Ensemble performed a curated concert on MATA’s Interval Series. The concert took place in New York City on May 15th at the DiMenna Center. The program included:

Zach Sheets
Seer (2014)
for sensor-augmented bass clarinet & electronics
Stylianos Dimou
[Hiss] structure...from {with[in} - g] (2015)
for flute, cello, piano & electronics
Stefan Prins
Flesh+Prosthesis #1 (2013)
for tenor sax, e-guitar, piano, percussion & electronics
Wojtek Blecharz
Transcryptum: K'an (2012)
for steel drum and ca. 130 sticks
Wojtek Blecharz
Transcryptum: The map of tenderness (2013)
for cello solo
Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Hunger: A Multimedia Opera in Four Parts (Part III, 2015)
for three singers, octet, electronics & video projection
Switch MATA Poster


I am very pleased to announce the release of Music from SEAMUS Volume 23. The CD contains a recording of Smoke and Mirrors performed by the inimitable Switch~ Ensemble. We recorded the piece last fall at Eastman. Thanks to Jason Thorpe Buchanan for his conducting and Clay Mettens for his assistance with setup and engineering.

Zach Sheets, flute
Sammy Lesnick, clarinet
Lauren Cauley, violin
T.J. Borden, cello
Wei-Han Wu, piano
Megan Arns, percussion
Jason Thorpe Buchanan, conductor

I am thrilled to be joining the University of Richmond faculty for the 2014-15 academic year as a Visiting Instructor. I will be teaching courses in music technology and composition, private composition lessons, as well as directing the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival. It is a wonderful turn of events to be returning to my alma mater to work alongside wonderful colleagues and help put on the festival that I’ve been involved with since 2005. Looking forward to the coming year!

Just returned from a great trip to NYC for some performances with Switch~ at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. We played Smoke and Mirrors and Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy on the opening concert of the festival.

Switch at NYCEMF

The Switch~ Ensemble performs on the Eastman Computer Music Center’s spring concert on April 13th in the Sproull Atrium of Eastman’s Miller Center. The program includes:

Bryan Jacobs
TSTS (2010)
for septet & electronics
International Call for Scores Winner
Panayiotis Kokoras
Morphallaxis (2008)
for flute, cello, frame drum & electronics
Clay Mettens
Labyrinth Meditations (2014)
for oboe & electronics
Zach Sheets
Seer (2014)
for sensor-augmented bass clarinet & electronics


The Switch~ Ensemble performed on Ossia’s fall December 2nd concert in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall. We performed Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1967 work Mikrophonie I for tamtam, 2 microphones, 2 filters, and controllers.

In Mikrophonie I two percussionists play a large tam-tam with a variety of implements. Another pair of players use hand-held microphones to amplify subtle details and noises, inflecting the sound through quick (and precisely scored) motions. The last two performers, seated in the audience, apply resonant bandpass filters to the microphone outputs and distribute the resulting sounds to a quadraphonic speaker system. (Burns 2002, 63)

Megan Arns & Connor Stevens, percussionists
Andrea Venet & Drew Worden, microphonists
Jason Thorpe Buchanan & Christopher Chandler, sound projectionists

The Switch~ Ensemble performed on the Eastman Computer Music Center’s fall concert on November 20th in Hatch Recital Hall. In addition to my Smoke and Mirrors, we also performed the music of Philippe Leroux, including his incredible Voi(rex) for sextet and electronics.

Switch Performs Voi(rex)
Switch with Leroux

I am very happy to have received a second First Prize award from the Austin Peay State University Young Composer’s Competition for my piece deep in liquid indigo.

See the announcement here.

Austin Peay

I am thrilled to have received a BMI Student Composer Award for my work deep in liquid indigo. I composed the piece last year for Ensemble Interface who performed it at the 2012 June in Buffalo festival.

BMI Award

This summer I will be attending a new music workshop and festival in Québec called Domaine Forget. Soon I will be getting started on a new work for large ensemble which will be workshopped and premiered at the festival by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to working with them and conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt.

Domaine Forget


The Switch~ Ensemble performed on the Eastman Computer Music Center’s fall concert on November 12th in Hatch Recital Hall. The program featured guest composer Elainie Lillios as well as works performed by Switch:

Fausto Romitelli
Amok Koma (2001)
for nine musicians & electronics
Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy (2012)
for amplified bass clarinet, violin, viola, and cello
Sascha Lino Lemke
Liebes-Lied (2002)
for cello & electronics

The Switch~ Ensemble performed on Ossia’s fall October 4th concert in Eastman’s East Wing. We performed:

Fausto Romitelli
Amok Koma (2001)
for nine musicians & electronics
Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy (2014)
for amplified bass clarinet, violin, viola, & cello
Switch at NYCEMF

Humbled to have received the Prix Nadia Boulanger, a composition prize, from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau! Additionally, alongside composer Ben Krause, we were awarded Prix Marion Tournon Branly for best collaborative piece between composers and architects.

In addition to Fontainebleau, I will be attending the new music festival and conference June in Buffalo where I will be writing a new work for flute, clarinet, harp, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello to be premiered by Ensemble Interface.

I am looking forward to spending part of my summer in France attending the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. I’ll be studying with composers Allain Gaussin and François Paris between July 7th - August 4th and then traveling around France until August 18th.

I have just returned from a great week at the SEAMUS National Conference held in Lawrence University. I’m happy to say that I was awarded Second Prize in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition! Congratulations to the First Prize recipient, Eli Fieldsteel, and the other finalists Erik DeLuca and Lanier Sammons. As part of the award, ASCAP/SEAMUS has commissioned me to write a new work for the 2013 conference at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota.

the resonance after… has been nominated as one of four finalists for the 2012 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composer Commission Competition. The piece will be performed at the upcoming SEAMUS Conference in Lawrence University where the first and second prize winners will be announced.


A chamber orchestra version of my Master’s thesis Shifts will be performed on the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s Young and Emerging Composer’s Concert. The ensemble will be conducted by Steven Smith, and the concert will take place at 7:30pm on May 9, 2011 in Glick Recital Hall at the Music School Settlement in Cleveland, OH.

Quartet for alto flute, bass clarinet, harp, and piano has been awarded First Prize in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs annual composition contest.

I am elated to announce that I will be moving to Rochester, NY to begin my doctorate in composition at the Eastman School of Music in the fall of 2011! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bowling Green and look forward to all that this new adventure brings.


the resonance after… has been named as the winner of the American Modern Ensemble’s Fifth Annual Composition Competition.

AME is based in New York City and directed by composer Robert Paterson. The piece will be performed by AME on their upcoming Pieces of Eight concert on December 13th.

the resonance after… has been selected for performance at the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium 2010 Conference at the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago New Music Ensemble will perform the piece under the direction of Barbara Schubert on Saturday, April 17 as part of the new music concert at 7:30pm.


the resonance after… has received first prize in the Austin Peay State University Young Composer’s Competition!

Austin Peay