Works

Choral

A Soldier’s Grave [2019]
SSATB (divisi) – English – 10 min. – Intermediate/Advanced
Text by my great-grandfather, Col. Gale Newton Bush (1895-1984) – Dutch-American

My Darling Please Don’t Depart (Nguoi Oi! Nguoi O, dung ve) [2019]
SB (light div.), bassoon, and drum – Vietnamese – 3 min. – Beginner
Anonymous folk song – North Vietnamese

Tupelo Poems [2018]
SATB – English – 3 pieces, 16 min. total – Advanced
Texts by Connor Egan (b. 1997) – American

Grandmother [2018]
SSAA (light Sop. div.), Sop. solo – English – 5 min. – Int./Adv.
Text by Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008) – Laguna Pueblo

Arise, Arise! [2018]
TB (opt. div.) with piano – English – 4 min. – Beg./Int.
Text by James Joyce (1882-1941) – Irish

O Vast Rondure [2017]
SSAATB, (some Sop. div.) – English – 4 minutes – Beg./Int.
Text from Passage to India by Walt Whitman (1819-1892) – American

If Music be the Food of Love [2017]
SSAATTBB, Sop. and Alto solo – English – 5 min. – Beg./Int.
Text by Col. Henry Heveningham (1651-1700) – English

Mass in E [2016]
SMzATBB, solos throughout – Latin – 17 min. – Advanced
Mass texts: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus Dei

Chamber and Solo

String Quartet No. 1 on Viet Themes [2018]
Written for the Musaica Composer Workshop
String quartet based on Vietnamese themes and performance practices. Often sparse and athletic, with lots of fast hocketing. Some aleatoric and meditative moments, with slower and more lyrical passages throughout.
Programmatic; a story of a boy and his father.
3 movements – 16 minutes total.

In Praise of a Body [2016; rearranged in 2018]
Piano and violin, viola, flute, clarinet, or comprable treble inst.
Rearrangements of Elegio de mi Cuerpo for instruments. Love letters to different body parts. Movements can be chosen, excluded, and rearranged depending on the instrument/player.

Spring [2017] for Wind Quintet
Written for the Loyola Ballet Theatre.
Mostly peppy and sprite-like, with occasional moments of slow, calm groove. Calmer middle section has a long crescendo into an energetic recap and coda.

Preludes for Piano [2016 – ongoing]
Sogni d’oro – “Dream of gold…” – sweet and lightly sweeping melody, lyrical and intimate.
Sfumato – “To make smokey”, an art term – harmonically smokey, bitonal accompaniment with a rhythmic, pop-like melody. 

Preludes for Guitar [2017 – on going]
Simple prelude
Minimalist prelude 
Canción-like prelude

Solo Voice

Unanswered Letters [2018]
Tenor and Piano – English – 7 minutes
Two letters from North Vietnamese Leader, Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969), to the United States in 1946.

Two Joyce Poems [2017]
Voice and Piano – English – 6 minutes
Poems are “Alone” and “I hear the noise of waters” by James Joyce (1882-1941) –  Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic.

Elogio de mi Cuerpo [2016/2017]
Mezzo/Soprano and Piano – Spanish – 12 minutes
Text selections from Elogio de mi Cuerpo by Alaíde Foppa (1914-1980) – poet, writer, art critic, and teacher born in Barcelona, Spain and lived in exile in Guatemala, Mexico.
Love letters to different body parts: Los ojos, El pelo, El Sexo, Las venas, etc.

Ode on a Grecian Urn [2016]
Tenor, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Cello, Bass, and Percussion Quartet – English – 10 minutes
Text from Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats (1795-1821) – English romantic poet.

Tombstones in the Starlight [2016]
Voice and Piano – English – 6 minutes
Text from Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) – American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York. “Best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.”
Five epitaphs, each in the form of a single quatrain.

Spoon River Anthology [2015]
Soprano and Viola, Mezzo Soprano and Bassoon, or comprable pairing – English – 10 minutes
Text selections from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950) – American attorney, poet, biographer, and dramatist.
Selections of soliloquies from the dead people of the fictional town, Spoon River.

Opera/Theatre

Rapunzel and the Four (Over)Eager Princes [2016]
Four princes attempt to court Rapunzel, but she’s not having it.
Rapunzel (Mz), Prince Alastair (Sop), Prince Giovanni (Mz), Prince Ferdinand the Eloquent (Sop), Prince Eugene (Sop), Fran Rapunzel’s Stepmother (tenor), piano.

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