news & events


Successful New York premiere

Here’s a nice write-up about the collaboration between Interlochen and the New York Philharmonic that included the NY premiere of tritonicity.  

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Premiere of “Beauty Ancient and New”

I’m excited to announce that my new piece for wind band and spoken word artist, Beauty Ancient and New, will be premiered on Saturday at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium by the Academy Band with special guest Sareem Poems. This piece has been a journey. Thanks to encouragement from Dr. Matt Schlomer, IAA’s band director, I stretched into […]

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‘tritonicity’ to receive NY premiere at the Lincoln Center

For a composer, there’s nothing like a composition coming to life. This one’s gotten some performances, but… NY premiere this Saturday. By Interlochen students. In the Lincoln Center. And I get to be there. Here’s an article about the concert. This was first played by eighth blackbird in Pittsburgh. Quite a few of you have been […]

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New Chamber Music site!

  Hi all! I’m pleased to announce that cha chi ka, my piece for amplified voices and percussion has been selected for inclusion on a new chamber music site: http://www.newchambermusic.org/. If you’re looking for new music, check out this newly curated collection!

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Star-Speak featured at Christmas show

“The show also features a performance of the Christmas carol “Star-Speak,” written by Interlochen composer Thomas Childs with lyrics by [Ann-Marie] Oomen.” The article can be found in Traverse City’s newspaper, The Record Eagle here.  

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Wouldn’t Harm a Fly… at ClarinetFest 2014!

Wouldn’t Harm a Fly…, my piece for clarinet and piano, gets its official national premiere a week from tomorrow on August 1. Dr. Cassandra Hibbard landed a prime spot on the Saturday 3 o’clock concert at ClarinetFest 2014 in Baton Rouge, LA. Thanks to Cassandra and the commissioning consortium for supporting this piece.

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Summer updates

It’s been a while, so here are a couple updates on what I’ve been doing: I was commissioned to write for the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival in June & July. The Festival put on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Part of the script calls for the actors to sing the lines. The producer and director thought ahead and decided it […]

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Premiere of “Wouldn’t Harm a Fly” date set for January 11th

Wouldn’t Harm a Fly, the clarinet & piano piece based on Hitchcock’s Psycho and commissioned by Cassandra Hibbard, is programmed to premiere on January 11th. The recital will take place at the MSU Community Music School in East Lansing. I’m beyond thrilled to hear this piece come to life. A big thank you to Cassandra for […]

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Star-Speak: A new carol performed

In the late fall of this year, I was approached by the directors of the Interlochen Band and Choir to write a new carol. The piece was intended to be part of a multi-discipline Christmas extravaganza which took place December 19th. The joint band and choir concert was hosted by IPR classical music host Kate […]

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ClarinetFest 2014

      Great news! The piece commissioned by Cassandra Hibbard and a consortium of backers, Wouldn’t Harm a Fly, has been accepted for performance at ClarinetFest 2014. When this piece was commissioned, one of Dr. Hibbard’s goals was to perform it at ClarinetFest, which is focusing on entrepreneurship this year and held in Baton Rouge, […]

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