Benefit for Haiti tonight

Come help UW School of Music raise money for Haiti! Tonight at 7pm, at The Crossing, you can donate for a good cause, and enjoy great chamber music. Among the many ensembles that are performing, Eliza’s Toyes will be singing selections from Palestrina’s Canticum Canticorum, and Thomas Ravenscroft’s “Tosse the Pot”. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Documentary “East Meets West” airs on CGN (Dalles, OR)

While feeling the afternoon lull, I received a wonderful message from Haley Lovett, an old friend from Oregon who co-directed a documentary titled “East Meets West: Life and Legacy of Gertrude Bass Werner,” for which I composed the soundtrack. It will be aired Saturday night at 7pm (Pacific Time). If you are not in the broadcast area, you can always visit the live video stream online at! And of course, if you are in Madison this evening, don’t miss your chance to see Peter Continue reading →


It’s been a wild month since I came back to the US! My opera dissertation project is half composed. Still working with Lisa on completing the libretto, but for now the composition work has been held to make way for… My lecture-recital on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Boy is this a wild ride! I’ve been spending last semester working on the vocal techniques off several recordings (including Roy Hart’s 1969 premiere recording). The ensemble began rehearsing at the end Continue reading →

“On Wisconsin” Documentary

See UW Concert Choir sing my arrangement of On Wisconsin! From UW-Madison School of Music Newsletter, December 18, 2009: A documentary highlighting the history, culture and impact of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s fight song, “On, Wisconsin!” premieres on the Big Ten Network at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. The program includes a clip of the Concert Choir performing a new arrangement of the song by doctoral student Jerry Hui. The documentary will be rebroadcast on the Big Ten Network at 9 a.m. and 3:30 Continue reading →

Singing a Renaissance Recession

The state of Wisconsin (together with several other Midwest states) is stranded by the wild winter storm that’s been hitting us since last night. Yesterday’s snowfall, a hefty 13″, broke Madison’s daily record! While everyone enjoys a snow day, I hope all will clear up tomorrow. This Sunday, Eliza’s Toyes will be performing a concert of music about the recession–I’m very excited! While some are stretching the theme a bit (selections from Palestrina’s Canticum Canticorum speak of gold, silver, and the beauty of one’s love), Continue reading →