Composer Profile




About Me:

I am a musician/composer living on the west coast of Wisconsin. I grew up in Ohio and went to school at Capital University (Columbus, OH) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where I received degrees in music composition. I like to play piano too; mostly jazz, and have played with people like Clark Terry, Jim Pugh, Marvin Stamm, Wayne Andre, Roland Vasquez and others.

I am a professor of Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where I am also currently the Chair of the Music Department. I Coordinate the music theory program and teach courses in Theory, Aural Skills, Composition, Music Technology, Orchestration, Counterpoint and Form and Analysis.

My wife, Dr. Cherryl Frye, and I have three children who are into engineering, software design, math, GIS, music, biking and outdoor adventures.
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I am also Secretary/Treasurer of WAC/-The Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, a non-profit organization that promotes new music in the state by organizing concerts, conferences, workshops, composition contests, commissioning opportunities and other events. WAC co-sponsors the annual La Crosse New Music Festival which features new music concerts and workshops.


(click underlined compositions to download mp3 files)


Jubilate Deo
for SATB Chorus, oboe and percussion, 2016 (3’)
for SATB Chorus and accordion, 2012 (4')
Three Poems
for SATB Chorus, 2008 (5')Commissioned by the La Crosse Chamber Chorale for its Words to Music Project.
Let the Truth be ToldPublished by Alliance Publications Inc.
for SATB Chorus and Jazz ensemble 2007 (6')Commission for the Inauguration of Chancellor Joe Gow, UW-La Crosse.
Someone I Remember
for SATB Chorus, 2006 (4')
Star Night
for SATB Chorus and Interactive Light Tubes, 2001 (5')
Listen River
for SATB Chorus and Marimba, 1999 (3')
for two part chorus and organ, 1996 (3')
for SSA Chorus and trumpet, 1994 (4')Third prize winner in the 1998 "Jihlava International Choral Composition Festival". Published by Alliance Publications Inc.
How Beautiful Upon the Mountain
for chorus and organ, 1994
copublished by CP Publications Inc. and Alliance Publications Inc.
Of Brothers, Frisbees and Such
for voice and piano, 1993 (10')
Little Piggys
for SATB chorus and piano, 1991 (8')
for SSA womens chorus and piano, 1988 (7')
Agnus Dei
for SATB chorus and handbells, 1987 (6'30")
published by Alliance Publications Inc.
The Rose of Sharon
for mens chorus and soprano, 1986 (5')
Psalm 138
for SATB chorus and piano, 1984 (6')
Night Haiku
for high voice, piano and electric piano, 1983 (9')


She Went Into the Garden
digital electronics, 2011 (7')
Toy Boat
interactive light tubes and voices, 2008 (3-')
The Grotto
Video and digital audio, 2006 (4')
Model of Love
for digital electronics, 2002 (5')
for digital electronics, 2001 (3')
for trombone and interactive electronics, 1999 (8-10')
No Play
for piano, violin and electronics, 1994 (7-10')
Dr. Brodie's Report
electronic tape, 1993 (4'45")
Parking Lot Prelude
electronic tape, 1993 (2'50")
New Age Indiscriminatory Pow-Wow
electronic tape, 1989 (3'30")
for four or more strings, tape, narrator and slides, 1985 (7')
Should We
electronic tape, 1983 (4')
Electric Airport
electronic tape, with Martin Sweidel and James Hearon, 1982 (8')
Hat Gejamen
electronic tape, 1982 (12')
Electric Pony Ride
electronic tape, 1979 (1')


Tombeau for Piano
2005, (7')
Suite for Piano
2002 (12')
Partita on What Wondrous Love
for organ solo, 1999 (6')
published by Alliance Publications Inc.
Four Oceanscapes
for piano duet, 1995 (10')
for piano solo, 1991 (10')
Five Quirks
for piano, 1989 (6')
published by Alliance Publishers Inc.
Jeux for Two
for two pianos, 1988 (6')
Five for Six
for solo piano, 1982. Revised 1986 (5')
Published by Hal Leonard Publishing FIVE PIECE SUITE, 1988.

Instrumental Chamber

for Conch shells and percussion, 2013 (5')
Procedures for trombone quartet
2009 (8'30")
Three pieces for Alto saxophone and Piano
1999 (15')
Symbiosis I
for bassoon and piano, 1993 (7')
Commissioned by the Music Fix ensemble for the 1993 International Double Reed Conference
Touch, Feel, Believe
for clarinet, bassoon and piano, 1991 (16')
Commissioned by the Music Fix ensemble of Madison, WI.
Rondo For Violin And Piano
1991 (8')
Sonatina For Flute And Piano
1989 (15')
for flute, oboe, violin, and piano, 1982 (18')
Awarded first prize in Ohio Federation of Music Clubs' Young Composers Contest, 1984.
Suite for Harp And Contrabass
1981 (20')
for piano and cello, 1980 (6')
Floral Jargon
for flute, guitar, percussion, piano, and viola, 1979 (10')
for two B flat clarinets,1979 (10')
Awarded first prize in the University of Maryland Clarinet Ensemble Composition Contest, 1984.
Sonata for Violin And Piano
1978-79 (8')

Band/Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Three Pieces for Orchestra
for full orchestra, 2009 (10')
Forward, Together
for full orchestra, 1992 (6')
Symphonic Fantasy On A Theme By Willaert
for full orchestra, 1983 (25')
for marching band with multiple conductors using spatial delay modulation, 1989 (6')
for jazz ensemble, 1985 (8')
for brass choir, 1982 (1')

Jazz Compositions

PDT (blues)
Max Cap
Waltz for my Mother
Jim-Bob Theme
Sad But True

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