Opera and Music Theatre

  • The Resistance of Mr. and Her (2014) opera in two acts for baritone and mezzo soprano with piano trio. Created in collaboration with writer Stephen Miller, the opera is an original story by the composer and librettist. It has been workshopped with Vancouver Opera (Act I) and The Belfry Theatre (Act I and II) featuring Aaron Durand as Mr. and Dionne Sellinger as Her, directed by Michael Shamata. (70 minutes)
  • Love in Public (2012), opera cabaret on words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnets from the Portuguese) scored for four opera singers (SMTB) and piano. Produced by SFU Woodwards April 19-29, 2012 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts directed by Peter Jorgensen and music direction by David Boothroyd. It was nominated for two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards: Outstanding Original Composition (small theatre) and Outstanding Lighting Design. Love in Public was also nominated for Outstanding New Work at the 2013 Ovation Awards. Selections from Love in Public have been performed in Vancouver and Vienna in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Duration: 2 hours.
  • The Apostles of Idaho (2010), a cappella opera for twelve singers on words by legendary Canadian poet Robin Blaser from his Griffin Prize winning book The Holy Forest. Produced in workshop by musica intima vocal ensemble in May, 2010 directed by the composer.
  • Tom Pinkerton, The Ballad of Butterfly’s Son (2008), musical drama in two acts. Tom Pinkerton is the narrative sequel to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and was created with playwright Hiro Kanagawa and commissioned by Rumble Productions with funding from City of Vancouver Cultural Office and Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation. Cast of eight principals, chorus (with multiple comprimario roles), and small pit orchestra. Short-listed for Best New Canadian Musical 2012 prize by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. 2.5 hr
  • Squeeze (1998), duet for concertina player/singer and dancer created and performed with choreographer Catherine Lubinsky at Vancouver East Cultural Centre. 70 minutes
  • Communion (1996), a cappella opera for thirty women on words by the composer commissioned by Elektra Women’s Choir and performed in excerpt by Sound Circle of Denver, Colorado. 75 minutes
  • The Architect (1994), opera in two acts on an original libretto in collaboration with playwright Tom Cone commissioned and produced by Vancouver Opera. Cast of four principals, chorus (with multiple comprimario roles) and string orchestra, harp and two perc. 2.5 hours
  • Sanctuary (1989), instrumental theatre performance for string orchestra, conductor and boy soprano in one act produced by Vancouver New Music and conducted by Owen Underhill at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and broadcast on CBC's Two New Hours in May, 1990. 75 minutes
  • Heartland (1987), rhythm and blues mono-drama in two acts for tenor, two saxophones, keyboards, guitar, and percussion on words by the composer. 2 hours
  • State of the World (1986), choreographed music theatre for two actor/dancers and two musicians (keyboards and saxophones) staged by the composer and produced at the Firehall Arts Centre. 65 min
  • Songs of the New Vaudeville (1983), dance/music cabaret for dancer, singer, piano and percussion on choreography by Susan Osberg and words by the composer performed at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York. 90 minutes.
  • Aria da Capo (1982), opera in two acts on a libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Cast of five principals and ensemble of vln, db, concertina and pno. 2 hours
  • Refrains-An Opera (1981), experimental opera in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Perreault for 40 performers and string quartet premiered at Simon Fraser University. 2 hours
  • Humulus the Mute (1977), opera in one act on a libretto by Jean Anouilh (translated by Michael Benedickt) staged by the composer at University of Victoria in 1979 (featuring tenor Richard Margison in his opera debut and conducted by George Corwin), followed by a new production in 1994 directed by David Walsh. Five principals, chorus of three non-singers, and nine piece ensemble (sop sax, oboe, bsn, tpt, tbn, vln, vla, db, harpsichord). 30'

Choral and Art Song 

  • Late Canadian Carols (2015) Nine carols from Canada for women's voices (SSAAA) and harp on found words from Inuit, First Nations, Chinese and 18th/19th century Canadian writers. Commissioned by Belle Canto Women's Ensemble of Edmonton, AB, Heather Johnson, director, for premiere on January 23, 2016 in Edmonton, AB. 30'
  • Even in Our Sleep (2014) for SATB mixed choir on words by Aeschylus (5th Century B.C.). Commissioned by Spiritus Chamber Choir of Calgary, Timothy Shantz, director, for premiere on February 8, 2015 in Calgary, AB. 3'
  • Cold Snap (2014) for SATB mixed choir, words by Clea Roberts. Commissioned by Whitehorse Community Choirs, Barbara Chamberlin, director, for performance in May 2015. 5'10''
  • Love in Public - The Choral Suite (2014) for SATB mixed choir and piano, words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in twelve movements from the opera. Premiered by Vancouver Chamber Choir on November 14, 2014 at Ryerson Church, Vancouver BC. 30'
  • Alleluia (2011) for women's choir (SSSAA) premiered by Montreal's Concerto Della Donna, Iwan Edwards, conductor and featured at Podium 2012 in Ottawa in May, 2012. 3':30
  • Agnus Dei (2011) for mixed choir (SATB). 5'
  • In Flanders Fields (2011) for mixed choir (SATB) on words by John McCrae. 4'
  • And When I Pay Death's Duty (2010) for mixed choir (SATB) on words by Robin Blaser, premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn, conductor. 6'
  • Hammer (2008) for mixed choir in six parts (SMATBB) on words by Tom Wayman commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre – BC Region. 5'
  • Angels Reel (2006) for women’s choir (SSAA) on words by Robin Blaser. 5'
  • Radio Songs (2005) for trio (SMT) an a cappella collection of twelve songs on words by Robin Blaser produced by Music on Main. 45'
  • Say the Names (2003) for children’s choir (SSAA), coloratura soprano soloist and marimba on words by Al Purdy commissioned by Surrey Children’s Choir. 6'
  • Because of Love (2002) a song cycle for soprano, baritone and piano on words by Robin Skelton commissioned and produced by Festival Vancouver. 11'
  • In Flanders Fields (1999) for men’s choir (TBB) on words by John McCrae premiered by Chor Leoni - 4'
  • Psalm 23 (1999) for mixed chorus (SATB), premiered by Metropolitan United Church. 5'
  • Ave Maria (1994) for treble voices (SSSAAA) commissioned/premiered by Elektra Women's Choir. 3'
  • Addio (1994) for mixed choir (SATB) commissioned/premiered by Vancouver Chamber Choir in Tokyo, Japan. 4'
  • Mass (1979) M. Mus. Thesis composition - for soprano soloist, with soprano, alto and tenor chorus, violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bass clarinet, accordion, mandolin, two percussionists. words in Latin. 40'

Orchestra and Chamber Music

  • Nietzsche's Typewriter (2012) for large chamber orchestra (16 players) commissioned by Turning Point Ensemble conducted by Owen Underhill. Scheduled for performance in 2013. 4'
  • Trudeau Dances (2003) for large orchestra performed by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey in a series funded by SOCAN Foundation. 10'
  • Berceuse in Memory of Murray Adaskin (2002) for piano trio commissioned by Ian Hampton for the Contemporary Music Showcase at The Langley Community Music School. Performed later by Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble in 2006 and Calgary’s Land's End Ensemble in 2008. 6'
  • Intimate Letters (2001) for trombone and chamber ensemble commissioned and premiered by trombonist Jeremy Berkman and Standing Wave through the Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation. 20'
  • Binner Music (2000) percussion solo for four wine bottles and two pencils commissioned by the Young Musicians Millennium Project and performed by school children throughout metro Vancouver. 3'
  • Home (1992) for horn and string orchestra commissioned and premiered by CBC Radio Orchestra for Martin Hackelman, horn and Owen Underhill, conductor. 20'
  • Gazebo (1991) for string quartet commissioned and premiered by Purcell String Quartet. 10'
  • Sanctuary (1989) concert version for string orchestra, boy soprano and conductor produced by Vancouver New Music, staged by the composer, conducted by Owen Underhill. 75'
  • Benedictus (1987) for large chorus (SATB) and orchestra. 10'
  • In Memoriam John Gardner (1986) for tenor and chamber ensemble (fl, eh, vln, vc, pno, perc) premiered by Magnetic Band, sung by the composer, Owen Underhill, conductor. 11'
  • Symphony (1979) for full orchestra (2222, 4221, timpani, strings, chorus). 17'
  • Klee (1977) for narrator and chamber ensemble on words by Paul Klee at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 8'
  • Little Horatio (1977) for tenor and ensemble (fl, melodica, mandolin, pno, db) premiered at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, sung by the composer. 7'
  • Salt (1975) concerto for piano with chamber ensemble (fl, ob, cl, bsn, perc, vln, vla, vc, db), premiered by Jocelyn Abbott, piano with George Corwin, conductor. 20'
  • Anyone Small (1975) for two tenors, two flutes and two celli on words by ee cummings. Sung by the composer and CJ Buttefield. 10'
  • Doppelganger (1974) for solo oboe,- premiered by Eileen Gibson at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 10'
  • Atlantis (1974) for brass quintet - premiered by The Western Brass Quintet at Open Space, Victoria. 10'
  • Gemini (1973) for woodwind quintet - premiered by UVic wind quintet at Open Space, Victoria. 15'
  • Fantasy of Pan (1972) for flute and piano - premiered by Randi Nelson, flute and Karen Kowalenko, piano. Premiered at Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. 15'
  • Abyssis (1972) for wind ensemble - commissioned and performed by U of S wind ensemble, Dwain Nelson, conductor. 6'
  • Lothlorian (1972) for flute and timpani - premiered by Randi Nelson, flute and Gary Evjen, timpani. 8'
  • Sir Thomas More, By Popular Repute, A Saint (1972) for large brass ensemble. 7'

Dance, Theatre and Site-Specific Projects

  • Dances and Ditties (2012) for seven singing women dancers on choreography by Judith Garay for SFU Contemporary Arts. Scheduled for premiere in November 2012 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 15'
  • Smudge (1990) for dancer and bass clarinetist on choreography by Lola MacLaughlin, bass clarinetist Lori Freedman for Toronto’s INDE 90. 15'
  • Piazza (1988) for 24 dancers and 10 saxophones on choreography by Jean Pierre Perreault produced at Wave Hill in The Bronx for the First New York International Festival of the Arts. 75'
  • The Highway 86 Event for 50 dancers, 8 saxophones and 2 drummers on choreography by Jean-Pierre Perreault produced by World Festival at EXPO 86 in Vancouver, Canada. 35'
  • A Strange Play about the President of France (1985) for dancer and tape on choreography by the composer for dancer Kathryn Ricketts. Premiered at The Firehall Arts Centre. 12'
  • Silent Movie (1985) for five dancers and chamber ensemble (fl, ob, vln, vc, perc, pno) on choreography by the composer. Premiered at SFU Theatre. 10'
  • Road Show (1985) for tape and dancers on choreography by Karen Jamieson. 20'
  • Sisyphus (1983) for percussion, keyboards and seven dancers on choreography by Karen Jamieson. 20'
  • Calliope (1982) for six dancers playing thirteen harmonicas on choreography by Jean-Pierre Perreault performed by Ottawa’s Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Danse Partout of Quebec City and Le Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault of Montreal. 20'
  • Romeo and Juliet (1982) integrated live music score using full acting company as chorus for a cappella singing. Commissioned by Vancouver Playhouse and staged by Bob Baker.
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (1980) integrated music score for the Arts Club Theatre Company and Edmonton’s Phoenix Theatre production of 1985. Staged by Bob Baker.
  • Hamlet (1972) integrated live music score (with some cues on tape) for the University of Saskatchewan Theatre. Staged by Raymond Clarke.

Valdine Anderson as Madeline and John Fanning as Julian in THE ARCHITECT