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Solo Voice

two summer loves [2021]
Voice and guitar – English – 12 minutes
Text by Dylan Trần.

Kissing in Vietnamese [2020]
Voice a capella – English – 5 minutes
Text by Ocean Vuong.

My Life After Corona (commissioned by White Snake Projects) [2020]
Voice, piano, and cello – English – 6 minutes
Text by Chiruza Muhimuzi, originally from the Congo, living in Boston, a student and essential worker during the 2020 pandemic.

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]
Voice 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

Cura Personalis: Embracing Our New Selves (commissioned by Loyola University New Orleans) [2020]
Solo Voices A Capella – English – n/a
A series of monodramas based on interviews with college students about their pandemic experiences, filmed and performed by those same students over Fall 2020.

Song of Songs [2020]
A socially distanced opera/oratorio, meant to be sung by the water.
Shulamite (Mezzo/Countertenor/Baritone), Solomon (Sop/Tenor), TenorBass chorus or narrators, cello, and violin.

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.

Chamber and Solo

3 Desserts for Solo Guitar (commissioned by Ciyadh Wells) [2021]
Inspired by desserts I love: Peach Muffin (in memoriam Cafe Luna, a beloved New Orleans business lost during the pandemic), Blackberry Tart, and Mung Bean Cake.
3 movements – 9 minutes total

Dance Suite No. 1 for Guitar Quartet [2020]
A set of contemporary dances based formally on the baroque dance suite.
4 movements – 8 minutes total.

String Quartet No. 1 on Việt Themes (commissioned by the MUSAICA Chamber Ensemble) [2018]
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.

Choral

Walking Home in Winter [2020]
SATB (div.) + soprano solo – English – Intermediate
Text from Vietnamese Zen Master Không Lộ (11th cent.) and Chinese poets Liu Zongyuan (8th cent.) and Bai Juyi (9th cent.). 

Magnificat (commissioned by Trinity Episcopal New Orleans) [2020]
SATB + organ – English – Intermediate
Luke 1:46-55 “Mary’s Song”

dear heart [2020]
SATB – English – 6 minutes – Beginner/Intermediate
“Warm summer sun” by Mark Twain (1835–1910) – American

Nunc Dimittis (commissioned by St. Alban’s at LSU) [2020]
TBB – English – 3 minutes – Intermediate
Luke 2:29-32 – “Song of Simeon”

Self [2019]
SA – English – 2 minutes – Intermediate
Anonymous text

3 Carols [2019]
SATB – English – 16 minutes total (cuts opt.) – Advanced
Arrangements of Christmas Carols: O Come O Come Emmanuel, Away in a Manger, and Angels We Have Heard on High
Watch a MIDI Preview Video Here

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
Watch a MIDI Preview Video Here

My Darling Please Don’t Depart (Người Ơi Người Ở Đừng Về  (commissioned by the Voices of New Orleans Choir) [2019]
SB (light div.), bassoon, and drum – Vietnamese (transliteration) – 3 min. – Beginner
Anonymous folk song – North Vietnamese

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

Grandmother (commissioned by Loyola University New Orleans) [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]
SSATBB – Latin – 17 min. – Advanced
Mass texts: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus Dei

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