Works by Subject Matter or Theme


Reading Nafisi for clarinet, cello and piano (book banning and the rise of fascism) (2023)

Tempest-tossed (SSATB), on the poem by Emma Lazarus, from the opera Hometown to the World, libretto by Kimberly Reed (from Emma Lazarus’s sonnet The New Colossus; America welcomes immigrants) (2021)

A Brighter Light (SATB and piano; duration 3:30) (transgender visibility) (2022)

Hometown to the World (libretto: Kimberly Reed) 2 mezzo-sopranos; baritone; chorus – SSA or SSATB; clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass; percussion (immigration / deportation; cultural / religious division; gay identity) (2021)

Ida Up Front for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano (libretto: Leah Maddrie) (suffrage and Black civil rights) (2020)

Reckoning: Five Miniatures for America for Piano Four Hands (grappling with a failing democracy) (2019)

Marriage Equality for mezzo-soprano and piano (poem: Elaine Sexton)  (gay rights) (2019)

Piano Quintet (seeking hope in an age of despair) (2018)

202-456-111 for flute and piano (diminishment of democratic principles) (2017)

1968 – 10,000 Go-Go Boots for mezzo-soprano and piano (women’s rights, pacifism) (2016)

Some Light Emerges, Alicia’s Scene: Beauregard Blanchard (AIDS); Albert’s Scene: Dans Cette Chappelle (9/11 and Muslim-directed xenophobia) (2016)

As One, a multi-media chamber opera for mezzo-soprano, baritone and string quartet; with digital film; co-librettists: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed; film: Kimberly Reed (transgender issues) (2014)

Deception for clarinet, violin, cello, piano (political manipulation of ideas) (2014)

Homage to Havel for flute, oboe, violin, cello, 2 guitars  (remembrance of the artist and political leader) (2013)

Transformations II: Music for a Changing World for string quartet (9/11 and its aftermath) (2002)

The Full Range of Blue for flute, clarinet, violin, cello (9/11 and its aftermath; also references the manifestation of blue in nature) (2001)

Vukovar Trio for violin, cello, piano (ethnic cleansing; genocide) (1999)

Aluta Continua for soprano, flute and harp (African struggle for independence) (1996)

Elegy for the Silenced Voice for trumpet (AIDS) (1995)

And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary for narrator, viola, cello, piano (AIDS) (1993)


February (libretto Laura Kaminsky and Lisa Moore; based on the novel by Lisa Moore) principals: mezzo-soprano and baritone; featured: mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone; supporting: soprano, 2-3 baritones; SATB chorus; flute/alto flute; oboe; clarinet in Bb; bassoon; 2 trumpets in C; trombone; 3 percussionists; harp; piano/electric organ; fiddle; strings

Overflow for string quintet: 2 violins, viola, cello, bass (2023)

Desert Portal for two flutes, clarinet, trombone, cello and two percussion; with optional projections and/or dance (2020)

undercurrent for violin and piano (2015)

Rising Tide for string quartet (2012)

The Great Unconformity for cello (2010)

Horizon Lines for oboe, bassoon, piano, with film (2011)

Inlets for flute, cello and piano (2011)

Wave Hill for violin and piano (2009)

Terra Terribilis: Concerto for Three Percussionists & Orchestra (2008)

The Seasons for chorus – treble voices (2003)

The Full Range of Blue for flute, clarinet, violin, cello (2001)

River Music for flute, piano, percussion (2000)

Triftmusik for piano (1991)

Twilight Settings for soprano, string quartet, percussion (1988)


Today It Rains (Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Rebecca Salsbury Strand) (2018)

Some Light Emerges (Mark Rothko, Dominique de Menil, Rothko Chapel) (2016)

Horizon Lines (artist Rebecca Allan) for oboe, bassoon, piano, with film (2011)

Cadmium Yellow (properties of cadmium yellow) for string quartet (2010)

American Nocturne (artist James McNeil Whistler) for string quartet (2009)

Monotypes (artist Edgar Degas) for string quartet (2005)

Isole from L’arcipelago delle delizie (artist Frieder Danielis) for cello (2005)

The Full Range of Blue (the manifestation of blue in nature; also references 9/11 and its aftermath) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello (2001)