VIGNETTES
for Basson and String Quartet

I. Hopespun  

II. Somewhere, Tears

III. Infinite Imagines 

World Premiere,  April 9, 2022, Caruth Auditorium, SMU  


​​Vignettes, was written for and  premiered by the remarkable bassoonist, Robyn Watson. The work is in three sections, each reflecting a different mood;  Hopespun  delighting in the simple warmth of hope, Somewhere, Tears  channeling grief,  and Infinite Imagines, expoloring wonder and curiosity. 

2021-2022 PREMIERES  

ANAM CARA

for Woodwind Ensemble

Ladies Quintessential Quintet

​Livestream Concert,  March 8, 2022. 


Anam Cara, was selected for premiere by the "Ladies Quintessential Quintet" a remarkable ensemble of female musicians who marked International Women's Day with a concert of Music by Women, performed by women.  Anam Cara is the Gaelic term for "Soul Friend," and one can feel that soulful interaction between the instruments as they share thematic motifs back and forth, echoing, answer-ing and evolving as the work unfolds.

SONG OF THE SEERESS - Völuspá, 
A Symphonic Poem for Solo Soprano and Orchestra
Northwest Symphony Orchestra, dir. by Anthony Spain, Soprano Alexandra Picard 


Song of the Seeress  was just named an American Prize 2022 finalist. This piece steps back 1000 years into the medieval sagas of the Vikings. The work sets text from the opening portion of the Old Norse poem, Völuspá, one of the most beautiful and influential of the Eddic poems preserved from the Viking Age. These sagas are the primary sources for the study of Norse mythology. The wellspring that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien, they continue to influence modern fantasy genres today. Völuspá tells the story of the creation, destruction, and rebirth of the world. As the poem opens, a Seeress is seated before the God, Odin. She has been summoned to share her vision and predict the apocalyptic future, Ragnarök.

VIVA

for Symphony Orchestra

Tampa Bay Symphony, directed by Mark Sforzini, 

Jan. 9  2022. Florida, USA

VIVA  was just named an American Prize Semi-finalist, and was one of four international  finalists in Tampa Bay Symphony's  2021 Orchestral Composition Contest. VIVA  was inspired by the fight for life in the midst of the Covid pandemic The work is characterized by a  percussive heartbeat and vibrant brass. Driven, but ultimately  joyous, It is a tribute to those who have fought so valiantly to keep others alive.  A celebration of survival and hope, it is a musical encouragement to seize and savor each day.

A BIRTHDAY, ECHO

for soprano, mezzo soprano and piano


JUST RELEASED -  Two new art songs featuring the poetry of Christina Rossetti  


Modern Music for New Singers
21st Century American Art Songs, Edited by Dr. Robert  Peavler,

North Star Music, LLC   TO ORDER:

A Birthday      Volume 1  for Soprano

Echo                  Volume 2  for Mezzo Soprano

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kari Cruver Medina   Composer

HEART REMEMBER DANCE

Gammaldans Suite (Four Movements) for Clarinet and Viola

2021   Upcoming  performance by Domino Ensemble - TBA


This suite is based on  impressions of the old-style “Gammeldans” tunes that musicians play in Scandinavian folk dance, where  dancers in  richly decorated folk costumes whirl and spin in paired patterns--a celebratory visual expression of communal rejoicing (something we all longed for this past year). This  selection from the fourth movement is called "Hide and Seek"

​​​​​​​WEB AND WINGS 

for solo piano

2021 Winner of the  Renée B. Fisher Composer Award  

The Neighborhood Music School, New Haven CT. USA


Web and Wings  was written as a performance piece for the  Renée B. Fisher Young Pianists Competition.  As the winning  composition, it was featured as the commissioned contemporary competition piece for Elementary/Middle School students to learn in the 2021 solo piano competition.  ( featured at 1:55)

FOREST AND FENN 

for Woodwind Quintet 

"Contemporary Classics Fall Concert"

Alliance Classical Players, Nov. 2021  New York, USA


Forest and Fen  was a winner of  the Wind Quintet Network's 2021 call for new music

for Woodwind Quintet. Performed and recorded by  by the Alliance Classical Players,  Forest and Fen  is from a series called "Why We Wander"  written during the pandemic when so much of the world was locked down.  The work is an invitation to enter the woods and wetlands with the fresh eyes of a child and to celebrate the wonder of exploring the natural world. (featured at 3:44)

THE TAIL OF A TRAIN: CITY OF TRURO 

for TTBB Choir

Truromanse, directed by Gareth Churcher

Winner, 2021 Cornwall International Male Choir Composition Contest


The Tail of a Train: The City of Truro  is the 2021 winner  of the Cornwall International Male Choir Composition Contest. The work is an a cappella  piece  in the style of a historic folk ballad, featuring a tenor soloist with accompanying TTBB choir.  It was inspired by the historic 19th C train and its inventor, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the UK's Great Western Railway, George Jackson Churchward. (The composers great uncle!)