About the piece

A short, playful aleatoric piece for orchestra on the theme of tuning. One member or section of the ensemble is instructed to hold a pitch while the others move from disparate pitches towards the unison. Can be performed with some basic choreography. The score is simple graphic notation appropriate for high school or university ensemble.


Full Orchestra: 2(pic)222/4331/perc(1)/str.
Small Orchestra: 2(pic)222/2200/perc(1)/str.


3 – 5 minutes

year written

Full Orchestra (2009); Small Orchestra (2010)

More Works for Orchestra

  • Orchestra


    Full Orchestra: 3(afl)3(eh)3(bcl)3(cbn)/4331/timp.2perc/ harp.cel/ str
    Small Orchestra: 2/2(eh)22/4331/timp.2perc/ harp or pno.cel/str

    6 minutes

    Nunatak was written during a road trip to Colorado with my mother and one year old daughter. I was struck by the enormity of landscapes and landforms: the Mohave, the Colorado River, the Rockies, and my mind wandered north, to the glaciers of Alaska and Canada.

  • Choral

    The Return of Silence

    Oratorio for soprano, tenor, two baritones, chorus, and string orchestra

    20 minutes

    The Return of Silence is an adaptation of a portion of the thirteenth century Roman de Silence by Heldris of Cornwall.