Research / Performance

Much of my professional activity is centered on musical performance. I perform regularly on campus and in the Elmira area, including annual recitals as part of the Elmira College Encore program. I perform mostly on piano, my principal instrument, but also on my secondary instrument, the flute. My academic area of research includes analysis, especially analyzing the relationship between musical details within a composition and the larger structure. My doctoral specialization was analyzing the chromaticism in the late works of Chopin. As a composer I base my music on older, tonal styles. In both my performances and compositions I utilize the multi-track recording capabilities of the Yamaha Clavinova.

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS, REVIEWS AND PRESENTATIONS
  • “Anniversary Variations,” a public premier of an original composition, Elmira, NY, 10/08/09.
  • “Elmira Suite,” a world premier of a Dr. Chris Granias composition commissioned by Elmira College’s Arts and Lectures Committee, Elmira, NY, 1/19/04.
  • “Nocturne for Brandon,” a public premier of an original composition, Elmira, NY, 1/19/04.
  • “Carpenters,” article entry in Dictionary of Popular Music (1998)
  • “Heart,” article entry in Dictionary of Popular Music (1998)
  • “Me Li Le VI”, a public premier of an original composition, Elmira, NY, 3/25/97.
  • “Root versus Linear Analysis of Chromaticism: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Excerpts from the Oeuvres of Chopin,” College Music Symposium, XXXVI (Fall, 1996).
  • Review: Vandendool, Grace. The Basics of Harmony. (Mississauga, Ontario: Frederick Harris Music Co., 1996).
  • “Elmira College Medley,” premier of an original arrangement, Elmira, NY, 6/4/95.
  • “An Application of Grundgestalt Theory in the Late Chromatic Music of Chopin: A Study of His Last Three Polonaises,” University of North Texas (Ann Arbor: UMI, 1994).
  • ---Paper presented for same title, UNT College of Music, Denton, TX, 9/28/94.
  • “Elmira College Fight Song,” an original composition for college events, premiered 3/3/94.
  • “12 Ton Fugetta,” a public premier of an original composition, Elmira, NY, 4/1/93.
  • “Fugue on an Elmira College Theme,” a public premier of an original composition, Elmira, NY, 3/29/90.
  • “The Melodeon,” a lecture-performance, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, 11/11/89.
  • “Pedaling for Early Stage Pianists: Pedagogy, Technique, and Repertoire,” a presentation to the Wausau Area Piano Teachers’ Association, Wausau, WI, 9/22/81.