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Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time


Uncle Hokum’s Fiddle for solo violin (2013)

Arias with Dance Glitch (2016)

When the World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes for solo viola (2013)

Movable Home (for string orchestra) (2015)

Wine Ring App Launch Video Score

Triptych for solo cello (2013)

Tomorrow Never Knows

Fallings (Workshop Excerpts)


Gravity of Honey

Concerto (In the Form of Variations) for Viola and Orchestra

The Emily Songs

Elastic Band

What the Living Do

Pas de Deux

Red Ice

Personals – I Think You Should Know

T Tables

Hey Ho, the Wind and the Rain!

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Musically, I am a “synthesist” - someone who is fascinated by all types of music regardless of genre or style, or whether it is narrative or abstract in nature. When I was a kid, I loved jazz and rock and later discovered classical music. But, as a composition student, I was urged by several of my teachers to specialize among my musical activities – to choose between musical theater/rock or concert music. I resisted and instead resolved to synthesize, rather than compartmentalize my creative work. I have composed music for the concert hall (small and large ensembles), and for musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz, and rock. My thinking is constantly refreshed through collaborations, teaching activities, and new creative projects.

I’ve received a 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from the DC Arts Commission!

30th October 2017 By joel

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities for an 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship (AHFP) for my upcoming projects! I’d like to thank Arthur Espinoza, Jr., Executive Director of the CAH, their hard working staff and panel for their support. Onwards and upwards!

Be•spoke: Elastic Band for chamber orchestra on CD!!

19th October 2017 By joel

I’m thrilled to announce that the New Orchestra of Washington‘s latest CD “Be•spoke” (on Acis) will be officially released on October 25, 2017. “Be•spoke” (def. tailor-made) is comprised of three works commissioned by and for the New Orchestra of Washington: Elastic Band (for chamber orchestra), as well as works by Elena Ruehr (Shadow Light, Concerto for Viola and Strings) and Julian Wachner (Chamber Symphony), and features violist Marcus Thompson.

World Premiere of Elastic Band, for Septet by Inscape!

1st October 2017 By joel

The fantastic Inscape Chamber Orchestra asked for a new version of my popular piece Elastic Band – this time I’ve scored it for clarinet, string quintet, and percussion (it is all about the bass…). They will be performing the piece twice this October! The premiere is October 7, 2017 . 4PM at the Christ Church here in Georgetown, and features me and Mozart, a lovely combination. And it’s FREE! For information click HERE. The second performance is on October 22, 2017 . 5PM and features works by Golijov, me, and Hindemith, and is at the Episcopal Church Of the Redeemer in Bethesda, MD. It too is free! For information click HERE. And I’d be remiss not to mention the upcoming release of Elastic Band, for Chamber Orchestra, on the New Orchestra of Washington’s latest CD Bepoke on Acis. The CD also includes works by Elena Ruehr and Julian Wachner. Coming October 25, 2017!