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Caveat of the Cave for SATB choir and wind ensemble, text by Elizabeth Savage (2013)
Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers, Community Chrous, and Wind Ensemble
This is a setting of Elizabeth Savage's "Caveat of the Cave," written to celebrate
the innauguration of Fairmont State's president, Dr. Maria Rose.
Maybe Next Season for baritone voice and piano, text by Timothy Pettet (2008)
Kirk Patton, voice Xu Zhou, Piano
Maybe Next Season represents my first collaboration with Kansas City poet Tim Pettet. Tim
regards this setting as "operatic." My goal was to explore the psychological state of the baseball-
loving narrator as he searches for his "new layer of heaven above the lighted field."
Three Women for soprano and chamber orchestra, text by Cheryl Melfi (2003)
Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Enrique Lasansky, director Elena Todd, soprano
Three Women is based upon three separate poems by Cheryl Melfi. The poems, all written from
women’s points of view, were written without any connection to each other. I chose these three
poems for their content and decided to weave my own unified, single-movement work about
different kinds of love. The first song in this piece is about love for one’s self. The sound world is
bright and ebullient but morphs into despair by the soprano’s descending melodic line
acknowledging that she is the only one who can enjoy her own beauty. In this darker sound world
exists the second song about jealous, unrequited love. The soprano spitefully sings to her
intended love who pays her no attention while he writes a love poem to another woman. After
the rage subsides, a subdued, delicate nocturne follows about finding one’s perfect match.
The music climaxes with wordless exultation by the soprano having found her love. I give many
thanks to Cheryl, my perfect match, for the use of her poetry without which this piece could