Commissions

If you have a special event or milestone to commemorate, why not say it with a commission?  Commissioning a piece need not be a scary venture... it is as easy as sending me an email to begin the process!


In addition to standard hymn settings or “classical” arrangements, I have written works (published) in the following diverse styles: African, Appalachian, Baroque, Boogie, Big Band, Caribbean/Island, Celtic, Contemporary Christian, Folk, Fugue, Gamelan, Gospel, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin American, Medieval (&/or chant), Minimalism, New Age, Renaissance, Rock, Samba, Shape note/Early American, Spiritual, Tango.


Below is a list of commissions in print with various publishers.  Please see the “Published Compositions” or “4-Tolled” pages for full descriptions of the following compositions.


NEW!  “Mu Suda Arka Ules” Commissioned by Carla & Larry Sue for their 5th Anniversary. 5-7 oct. handbells (or bass chimes), opt. 4iH Duo (soloists), chimes, and 1 oct. alternate bells.


SoundShards.  Commissioned by Michele Sharik, San Diego, CA.  A groundbreaking work for handbell solo, marimba, prepared piano, tambura, and available percussion.  This 21st Century, minimalist composition based on “Sonification,” the concept of transforming raw data into music.  4-Tolled Publishing.


Avalon (Spiritus).  Commissioned by Nancy Hascall for Bells of the Cascades, Portland, OR.  Publshed by From the Top Music.


Christmas Reflections.  Commissioned by Deborah & David Rice for Rejoice Ringers, Becks Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC.  Beckenhorst #HB230. 


Contemplation.  Commissioned by Laurie & Rusty Sanders for Crusader Bells, Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA.  High Meadow #HM-01-022.


Daystar, a Fantasia based on "O Morning Star" and "Wake, Awake."  Commissioned by Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Highland Park, IL. Recording and full description pending premiere performance January 27, 2013. For handbells, handchimes, bar or wind chimes, flute, 2 violins, trombone and jazz piano!


The Divine Office, a Suite for Handbells (6 movements).  Commissioned by Paul Kingsbury for The Ringers of Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, PA.  4-Tolled Publishing #4T1 - 4T6. 


Elysium (3 versions).  Commissioned by Laurie & Rusty Sanders for Crusader Bells, Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA.  4-Tolled Publishing.


Fanfare for an Uncommon Instrument (3 versions including brass quartet).  Commissioned by P.L. Grove for Velocity Handbell Ensemble, Oakland, CA.  From the Top Music #20172. 


Four Festive Hymns for the Church Year.  Commissioned by Jillian Hollifield. A.M.S.I. #HB-38 & HB38S (FS/parts). 


Mediævalé.  Commissioned by Laurie & Rusty Sanders for RingOut! Ensemble, San Diego, CA.  Laurendale #HB-1056. 


Mini Gamelan Suite (3 movements). Commissioned by Stephanie Wiltse for Embellish Handbell Ensemble.  4-Tolled Publishing. 


Panis Angelicus.  Commissioned by Stephanie Wiltse.  High Meadow HM-05-004. 


Passacaglia.  Commissioned by Laurie Sanders for Crusader Bells, Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA.  National Music #HB-621


Perpetual Motion. Commissioned by Laurie Sanders for RingOut! Ensemble, San Diego, CA.  National Music HB-620. 


Abominations on Row Your Boat.  Commissioned by Laurie Sanders for RingOut! Ensemble, San Diego, CA.  4-Tolled Publishing.


Seven.  Commissioned by Michele Sharik, San Diego, CA. A unique piece, originally written for piano, synthesizer and available percussion in 1979; adapted for handbell solo, synth. & perc. in 2010. Susan T. Nelson Publishing.