Works

Symphonic & Operatic

Shell Shaker: A Chickasaw Opera
Grand Opera in Two Acts – 90′
3(1.2.3/Pic.) 3(1.2.3/EH) 3(1.2.3/Bcl.) 3(1.2.3/Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Commissioned by Tianhui Ng/Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra .
Premiering March 19, 2022.

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Hattak Heloha (Thunder Beings)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra – 30′
Solo Vln..; 3(1.2.3/Pic.) 3(1.2.3/EH) 3(1.2.3/Bcl.) 3(1.2.3/Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Commissioned by Irina Muresanu.
Premiering 2023.

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Forest Dwellers
Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra – 30′
Solo Tbn..; 3(1.2.3/Pic.) 3(1.2.3/EH) 3(1.2.3/Bcl.) 3(1.2.3/Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Commissioned by Adam Hanna.
Premiering 2023.

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Ghost of the White Deer
Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra – 30′
Solo Bsn..; 3(1.2.3/Pic.) 3(1.2.3/EH) 3(1.2.3/Bcl.) 3(1.2.3/Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str (12.10.8.6.4).
Commissioned by Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Premiered February 13-16, 2020.

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Chokfi’
Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion – 7′
Commissioned by Oklahoma Youth Orchestras.
Premiered May 6, 2018.

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Waktégli Olówaŋ (Victory Songs)
for Solo Baritone and Orchestra – 25′
Solo Bar.; 1(Pic.) 1 2(Ebcl./Bcl.) 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Commissioned by South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
Premiered January 12, 2013.

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Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light)
Theatric Suite of Chickasaw Legends for Orchestra, Children’s Chorus and Narrator – 90′
Solo Sop. Solo Bar. Children’s Chorus; 3(Pic./Pic.) 2 3(Bcl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Pno. Str. 3Nar.
Commissioned by American Composers Forum.
Premiered November 21, 2009.

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Shakamaxon
for String Orchestra – 27′
2,2,2,2,2
Commissioned by Philadelpiha Classical Symphony.
Premiered May 9, 2008.

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Nitoshi’ Imali
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra – 40′
Solo Gtr.; 3(Pic./Afl.) 2(E.H.) 3(Ebcl./Bcl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 1(Ptpt./Flgn.) 4 0 0; 3Perc. Hp. Stgs.
Commissioned by American Composers Forum.
Premiered October 27, 2007.

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Tracing MississippiConcerto for Flute and Orchestra – 30′
Commissioned by Christine Bailey Davis, Principal Flute of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Solo Fl.; 3(Afl./Pic./Pic.) 3(E.H.) 3(Ebcl./Bcl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 5 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiered February 18, 2002.

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Winter Moons
Ballet Score for Chamber Orchestra and Narrator – 40′
1(Pic.) 0 0 2 – 2 1 0 0; 1Perc. Pno. Stgs.
Commissioned by Dr. Patricia Tate/University of Wyoming.
Premiered February 18, 1992.

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Spirit Chief Names the Animal People
for Chamber Orchestra and Narrator – 25′
1(Pic.) 0 0 2 – 2 1 0 0; 1Perc. Pno. Stgs.
Commissioned by Dr. Patricia Tate/University of Wyoming.
Premiered February 18, 1992.

Choral

Talowa’ Loksi’ (Turtle Songs)
for Eight Part SATB Chorus – 15′
Commissioned by Roomful of Teeth.
Premiering 2022.

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Hózhó (Navajo Strong)
for Solo Soprano, Cello and Piano – 7′
Commissioned by White Snake Projects.
Premiered December 19, 2020.

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Ithánali (I Know)
for Solo Soprano, Cello and Piano – 7′
Commissioned by White Snake Projects.
Premiered May 13, 2020.

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We Are the Storm
for Women’s Chorus, Piano and Hand Drum – 5′
Commissioned by Central Bucks High School.
Premiered February 2, 2020.

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Muscogee Hymn Suite
Symphonic Benediction for Orchestra, Children’s Chorus, Traditional Mvskoke Singer and Solo Baritone – 30′
Solo Bar. Solo Mvskoke Singer Children’s Chorus; 2(Alto/Pic.) 2 2(Bcl.) 2(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
Commissioned by Tulsa Symphony.
Premiered June 11, 2017.

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Misha’ Sipokni’ (The Old Ground)
Oratorio for Solo Soprano, Solo Tenor, Solo Baritone, Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Orchestra – 35′
Solo Sop. Solo Ten. Solo Bar. Chorus Children’s Chorus; 2(Pic.) 2 3(Bcl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
Commissioned by Canterbury Voices.
Premiered October 7, 2016.

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Found Again
Song Cycle for Vocal Quartet and Piano (optional children’s chorus) – 25′
Commissioned by Words&Music.
Poetry by Joy Harjo.
Premiered April 9, 2016.

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Oka’ Aya’sha’ (The Water Place)
for Chorus, Woodwinds and Percussion – 20′
Chorus; 2(Pic./Alto) 2(E.H.) 2(Ebcl.) Bcl. 2 Cbsn.; 2Perc.
Commissioned by The University of Chicago, Dr. James Kallembach, Choral Director and Canterbury Voices, Dr. Randi Von Ellefson, Artistic Director.
Premiered February 28, 2015.

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Visions of a Child: A Pueblo Lullaby
for Chorus – 12′
Commissioned by Santa Fe Desert Chorale in honor of New Mexico’s centennial.
Premiered July 28, 2012.

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Taloowa’ Chipota (Children’s Songs)
for 3-Part Mixed Choir, Piano and Cello – 10′
Commissioned by American Composers Forum ChoralQuest Program.
Premiered May 12, 2012.

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Iholba’ (The Vision)
for Solo Flute, Chorus and Orchestra – 25′
Chorus; Solo Fl.(Bfl.); 2(I=Pic./Afl. II=Bfl.) 3(II=Bcl. III=CBcl.) 1(Cbsn.) – 0 0 0 0; 2Perc. Str.
Commissioned by National Symphony Orchestra.
Premiered September 21, 2005.

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Shilombisho Ittayallittook (Worth of the Soul): A Musical Tribute to American Indian Warriors
for Chorus, Orchestra/Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Narrator – 60′
Commissioned by Dr. Matthew Inkster/Mercyhurst College.
Premiered May 14, 2004.

Chamber

Alikchi’ (The Doctor)
for Piano, Strings, Winds and Percussion – 12′
Commissioned by Parlando.
Premiering March 2022.

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Abitahánta’: The Hunter Who Was Not So Great
for Solo Violin and Narrator- 7′
Commissioned by Katie Lansdale.
Premiering June 2021.

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Shawi’ Imanompa’ (Raccoon Talk)
for Solo Violin – 12′
Commissioned by Katie Lansdale.
Premiered December 8, 2019.

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MoonStrike
for String Quartet – 25′
Commissioned by Apollo Chamber Players.
Premiered September 27, 2019.

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Heloha Okchamali (Blue Thunder)
for Piano and Clarinet – 25′
Commissioned by Meraki.
Premiered September 14, 2019.

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Snake Oil
for Saxophone, Cello and Piano – 28′
Commissioned by Zinnia.
Premiered January 15, 2019.

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Oshta (Four)
for Solo Violin – 9′
Commissioned by Irina Muresanu.
Premiered January 29, 2017.

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Standing Bear: A Ponca Indian Cantata in Eight Tableaux
for Solo Baritone, Piano and String Sextet – 25′
Commissioned by Hildegard Center for the Arts.
Premiered November 4, 2016.

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Found Again
Song Cycle for Vocal Quartet and Piano (optional children’s chorus) – 25′
Commissioned by Words&Music.
Poetry by Joy Harjo.
Premiered April 9, 2016.

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Toklo (Two)
for American Indian Flute and Clarinet – 20′
Commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association.
Premiered May 31, 2014.

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Pisachi (Reveal)
Six Epitomes for String Quartet – 13′
Commissioned by the ETHEL.
Premiered October 5, 2013.

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À Bec Quintet
for Flute, Northern Plains Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Bass Clarinet – 25′
Commissioned by and dedicated to R. Carlos Nakai.
Premiered August 21, 2009.

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Talowa’ Hiloha (Thunder Song)
for Solo Timpani – 7′
Commissioned by and dedicated to Alex Orfaly.
Premiered May 7, 1997.

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Dream World
for Narrator, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon and Percussion – 20′
Commissioned by the New Jersey Chamber Music Society.
Premiered February 4, 1997.

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Inchokkillissa
for Guitar and Percussion – 12′
Commissioned by and dedicated to James Perez Bonney.
Premiered 1994.

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Oktibihah
for Solo Timpani, Strings and Piano – 15′
Commissioned by and dedicated to Carol Nelson.
Premiered 1994.

Film

Searching for Sequoyah
Turtle Island Productions
2020

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Home from School
Caldera Productions
2020

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Oyate (The People)
Irrelevant Media
2019

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To the Wonder
A Film by Terrence Malick
2012

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Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum – Documentary Score
Vision Maker Media, Lincoln, NE
2006

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First Americans Journal
Native American Television, Williamsburg, VA
1995
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