C.V.

COMPOSER

The Next 12 Months

  • September 1, 2011 - Canticum Ostrava, with Jurij Galentenko, Choirmaster will premiere ame potsu potsu for SSA a capella choir at the Ostrava Days Festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
  • October 8, 2011 - the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Eötvös will perform as the snowflakes return to the sky for string orchestra in musikprotokoll series of the avant-garde festival, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria.
  • November, 2011 - Laudate Singers will premiere Prayer for SSAATTBB choir and percussion. This work, commissioned by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra will be premiered at VICO's 10th Anniversary Concert.
  • December, 2012 - Misuzu Kitazumi Burns and the LA Piano Unit will premiere Still Shaking from the Latte for solo piano.
  • March 28, 2012 - the Vienna Chamber Orchestra will perform as the snowflakes return to the sky for string orchestra in the Mozart Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
  • May 31, 2012 - Locrian Chamber Players will premiere 'gently, like the trickling of melting ice' for string quartet in New York, USA.
  • October 12, 2012 - the Esoterics Singers will premiere a new commissioned work in Seattle, USA.

The Last 3 Years

  • forty years of snowfall will not heal an ancient forest for orchestra - an Olympics commission from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (May 29, 2010). To date, this piece has received 8 performances by the VSO.
  • as the snowflakes return to the sky for string orchestra – performed by Orchestra Armonia  (April, 2010, Sonic Boom) and   read at the Victoria Symphony Orchestra Reading Session (March, 2010).  This piece was awarded 2nd prize in the orchestra category of the 2010 International Mahler Composition Competition.
  • Escape from the Evil Alien Surf-blasters - for 2 pianos, 8 children’s hands (June, 2010).
  • Tokei no Oto Nimo (In the Sound of a Clock) for 12 voices – performed by Musica Intima (March, 2009 – Sonic Boom).
  • If Raindrops Aren’t Supposed to Land on the Same Spot Twice for piano and orchestra (March, 2009 – Victoria Symphony Orchestra Reading Session).
  • Strawberry Love Panic for orchestra – read at the Victoria Symphony Orchestra Reading Session (March, 2008) and at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Jean Coulthard Reading Session (March, 2009).
  • White as the Raindrops Fall to the Ground for the Aventa Ensemble Young Composers’ Workshop (September, 2008)

MUSIC TEACHER

  • Teaching Assistant, Simon Fraser University (September 2010 – present), teaching assistant to Janet Danielson in FPA 104, Basic Fundamentals of Music.
  • Private Studio Teaching (1992-1995) and (1997 – present). Private piano and composition. Classroom teaching in theory and history.  The composition students (age 8 – 17) have successfully participated in:
  1. Sonic Boom Student Composers’ Workshop with Stephen Chatman, Janet Danielson and R Murray Schafer.
  2. Burnaby Clef Music Festival (Composition) competition and workshop with Jacqueline Leggatt and Rodney Sharman.
  3. Trombone Composition Workshop with Scott Good, composer-in-residence, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
  • Tom Lee Music (1981-1992), electronic keyboard department head (1990-1992). Private and classroom teaching in piano, theory, history and Yamaha method early childhood music.

SOUND DESIGNER

Commercial titles as Director of Sound and Video, DNA Multimedia include:

  • Louvre – a History of Civilization Japanese version DVD (2002).
  • Encyclopedia of British Columbia DVD (2001).
  • Masks: Faces of the Pacific CD-ROM (1998).

Non-commercial sound design works include:

  • Ame ga Futte Kuru (2002, Sonic Boom), a live interactive electronic piece for Paul Plimley (disklavier) and computer.
  • The Sun is Beginning to Set (1998), installation for the sun, custom built sunset sensor and computer.
  • Frosty the Snowman’s First Cup of Coffee was his Last (1998), installation for snowman, custom built ice-melting sensor and computer.
  • Spiral (1997) for solo guitar and interactive CD-ROM, with experimental animator, Miriam Yagi.
  • Happy New Year (1998), sound design and film rain is beginning to fall score for experimental animation by Hsi-Wen Li. The film was nominated for the Student Academy Awards.

EDUCATION

  • MFA (Composition), 1997, California Institute of the Arts. Principal teachers include David Rosenboom, Stephen L. Mosko, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, and Tom Erbe. Informal studies with John Bergamo.  Short term studies with Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Earle Brown. Workshops with Pauline Oliveros, Lois Vierk, Julia Wolfe and Anne LeBaron.
  • BFA (Music), 1995, Simon Fraser University. Principal teachers include Rudolf Komoros, Barry Truax, David MacIntyre, and Rodney Sharman. 
  • A.R.C.T (Piano Teacher), 1991, Royal Conservatory of Music.
  • B. Comm. (Transport, Utilities and Logistics), 1985, University of British Columbia.  

COMMUNITY

President, Vancouver Pro Musica Society (1998 – 2002):

  • Curator of LEAPS (Live Electro-Acoustic Performance Series) and co-producer of Sonic Boom, an annual festival of new music by BC composers.
  • Expanded the role of Sonic Boom in the community in 2002 by creating the Sonic Boom Student Composers’ Workshop and the Composers’ Discussion and Forum with clinician, Rodney Sharman and guest, Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

AWARDS

  • 1994 – 2nd place, Hugh Le Caine Awards, Socan Foundation for Young Composer Competition.
  • 1995 – Array Music Young Composers’ Workshop Competition.
  • 1995 – 1st runner-up, Vancouver New Music Society Young Composers’ Competition.
  • 2010 – 2nd place, Mahler International Composition Competition.
  • 2011 – Winner, Esoterics Choir Polyphonos Composition Competition.