orchestral works


Zodiac (2016)

for Orchestra

I. Spring

Equinox, Aries, Taurus, Gemini

II. Summer

Solstice, Cancer, Leo, Virgo

III. Fall

Equinox, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

IV. Winter

Solstice, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Zodiac for Orchestra

A rousing orchestral showcase with moving brass chorales, prominent percussion, and featured solos for viola, cello, and violin. This four-movement work for full orchestra moves quickly through a wide range of idioms, covering musical styles from avant-garde to Hollywood film score. The composer’s Masters thesis, this work marks the first true use of his Kaleidoscopic Development technique of inter-relating musical cycles, patterned here after cycles inherent to the western zodiac signs themselves. Premiered in May, 2016 by the California State University, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra. 

Performance time: 25 minutes.

Parts: 2+1, 2+1, 2+1, 2 - 4, 3, 2+1, 1, timp, 4perc, cel/pno, str (

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