"I was encouraged to apply to the USP by my mentor. It affords me the ability to do research in an area that is not normally covered in the Music program. It also allows me to present a creative project and the associated research in an academic setting. I hope to hone my skills as a researcher, a composer, and as a presenter. My goal is to complete the opera this year, and stage a performance of the entire work."
Physics, Music Composition, Music Theory
Physics - Primarily for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search where I work on low energy Neutron event simulation. Music Composition - Primarily focused on operatic and orchestral writing, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between more traditional and modernist compositional styles. Music Theory - Primarily in developing useful analytic techniques to approach the large-scale harmonic structure of Wanger's operas.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2010-2012)
- Dean's List
- Richard Holley Memorial Scholar
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event (2009)
- HHMI Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event (2010)
- Blount Scholar
- Presser Scholar
- Van Horn Scholar
- Chamber Music Society
- University Symphony Orchestra
- Society of Composers, Inc.
- Society of Physics
Hobbies and Interests
- Music, physics, bowling, watching baseball, playing softball, following politics, cooking, and longboarding.
Judgment is a continuation of my USP from last year. This year’s goals are focused on completing the entire opera, mainly the second act, and performing this work. More advanced compositional techniques will be used for Act II, such as non-traditional notation and serialism. The final performance will use a reduction of the orchestration for piano.