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In Progress Opening Nights   Commissioned by Gregory Stapp

In progress Celan, for soprano, violin, English horn, cello, and piano  
Commissioned by Ensemble for These Times. To be premiered Spring, 2017 in San Francisco


In progress Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Contrabass  
Commissioned by Stephen Tramontozzi. To be premiered April 12, 2017 in San Francisco


In Progress Judith Masur Songs, song cycle for mezzo-soprano, cornet, harp, and contrabass  

Poems by Judith Masur
Commissioned by Crystal Philippi. Premiered April 4, 2016 in San Francisco.


2015   Mary Pleasant at Land's End, Opera in Two Acts   Commissioned by Opera Parallele to an original libretto by Mark Hernandez, about San Francisco's Barbary Coast in the 1880s. To be premiered in 2016/2017.
Listen to 10 minute sampler
Listen to the entire 4/4/2016 Faculty Artist Series preview performance

2015 Mein Blaues Klavier, song cycle for soprano, cello, and piano  

Poems by Elsa Lasker-Schlüler (3 songs). Commissioned by Nanette McGuinness and the Jewish Music and Poetry Project. Premiered April 19, 2015, at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, CA.
Available on Centaur CD "Surviving: Women's Words" by soprano Nanette McGuinness, pianist Dale Tsang, and cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (Ensemble for These Times)
Watch video of Mein blaues Klavier

2014 Three Carols for soprano and piano  

Poems by Thomas BreidenthalCommissioned by Lisa Delan. To be premired November 20, 2015 by Lisa Delan and the New Century Chamber Orchestra (Dawn Harms, conductor) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Available on Pentatone CD, "December Celebration.", by soprano Lisa Delan, baritone Lester Lynch, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra


2014 Song Is a Monument, song cycle for soprano, cello, and piano  
Originally Such Innocent Words. Poems by Yala Korwin (5 songs). Commissioned by Nanette McGuinness and the Jewish Music and Poetry Project. Premiered March 29, 2014, at Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley, CA.
Available on Centaur CD "Surviving: Women's Words" by soprano Nanette McGuinness, pianist Dale Tsang, and cellist Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (Ensemble for These Times)


Ongoing Persian Melody Project, for mezzo-soprano and piano   Arrangements of Persian melodies and folk-songs, for mezzo-soprano and piano. In collaboration with Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai.
Listen to Goleh Sangam
Listen to Shekareh Ahu

2013 Phönix, song cycle for soprano and piano - two new songs  

Poems by Rose Ausländer (2 new songs added to the original 4). Commissioned by Nanette McGuinness and the Jewish Music and Poetry Project. Premiered March 29, 2014, at Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley.
Available on Centaur CD "Surviving: Women's Words" by soprano Nanette McGuinness and pianist Dale Tsang (Ensemble for These Times)
Watch video of Phönix


2012 Vilna Poems, song cycle for soprano, clarinet, cello, and piano   Poems by Avram Sutskever. Originally commissioned by Sylvie Braitman and then Lisa Delan. Premiered by Lisa Delan, David Krakauer, Matt Haimowitz, and Kristin Pankonin on March 9, 2013, at the Jewish Music Festival in Berkeley.
Available on the PentaTone CD The Hours Begin to Sing, by soprano Lisa Delan, Matt Haimovitz (cello), David Krakauer (clarinet) and pianist Kristin Pankonin.

2012 Phönix, song cycle for soprano and piano  

Poems by Rose Ausländer (4 songs). Commissioned by Nanette McGuinness and the Jewish Music and Poetry Project. Premiered by Nanette McGuinness and Dale Tsang-Hall on April 5, 2013 at Old First Concerts, San Francisco.
Available on Centaur CD "Surviving: Women's Words" by soprano Nanette McGuinness and pianist Dale Tsang (Ensemble for These Times)


2011-12 Chanson für Morgen, song cycle for soprano and piano   Poems by Mascha Kaléko (7 songs). Commissioned by Nanette McGuinness. Premiered by Nanette McGuinness and Kristin Pankonin, April 2, 2011, at Trinity Chamber Concerts.  Additional song commissioned by Nanette McGuinness. Premiered October 21, 2012, by Nanette McGuinness and Dale Tsang-Hall, at the Jüdische Gemeinde, Berlin, Germany

Available on Centaur CD "Surviving: Women's Words" by soprano Nanette McGuinness and pianist Dale Tsang (Ensemble for These Times)
Watch video of Inventar (#5)
Watch video of Gebet (#6)

2010 Daughter of Night, solo operatic scene for mezzo-soprano and jazz ensemble   Original libretto. Commissioned by Crystal Philippi. Premiered by 2010, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Spoon River Songs   Text from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology.
All eight songs available on the CdBaby CD Spoon River Songs, by mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook and pianist Kristin Pankonin.
"Fiddler Jones," "Charles Webster," and "Lucinda Matlock" available on the PentaTone CD Phenomenon: the Music of David Garner, by mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzner and pianist Kristin Pankonin.

2009 

Five Poems (in Greek)   Poems by Constantin Kavafy

2009 "That isn't me," aria for soprano, and "Got 'em in Her Pocket," for 3 male voices   From an opera (work in progress) with piano reduction

2007 Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames, song cycle for soprano and piano   Commissioned by Kristen Brown. 

2007 Compound Carmen, a burlesque for two mezzo-sopranos and speaking role   Commissioned by Catherine Cook and Wendy Hillhouse.

2007 Persian Folk-Songs and Melodies, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra   Commissioned by Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai. Premiered by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, March 2008

2005 The Cremation of Sam McGee, for soprano, violin and piano   Poem by Robert W. Service.  Commissioned by Olivia Stoddard.  Premiered May 13th, 2005.  Score available for purchase.

2004 Five Chokas for the New Princess, a cappella for three women's voices   Five chokas by Mutsuo Shukuya.  Commissioned by Mutsuo Shukuya.  In Japanese.  Premiered by Miwako Isano, Michiko Saito and Micheline Steacy December 31st, 2005 at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. 

2004 Phenomenal Woman, for soprano and piano  
Seven poems by Maya Angelou (Call Letters: Mrs. V.B, Impeccable Conception, Lord, in My Heart , The Gamut, Request, No Loser, No Weeper, Phenomenal Woman).  Commissioned by Katy Sisco.  Premiered May 18th, 2004.
Available on the PentaTone CD Phenomenon: the Music of David Garner by soprano Lisa Delan and pianist Kristin Pankonin.

2004 Three Songs on Original Poems, for soprano and piano   Commissioned by Heather Klein. 

2003 The Gashlycrumb Tinies, for mezzo-soprano and piano   Story by Edward Gorey.
Commissioned by Jennifer Lucas.

2002 Viñetas Flamencas, for tenor, wind-quintet and piano   Text by Federico García Lorca. In Spanish.
Commissioned by Citywinds.  Premiered June 7, 2002.
Available on the PentaTone CD Phenomenon: the Music of David Garner, by tenor Francisco Araiza; Jonathan Fischer, oboe; Linda Lukas, flute; Robert Ward, horn; Steve Paulson, basson; Kristin Pankonin, piano.
Watch the video

2002 The Curious Sofa, a staged solo for soprano and piano, with one non-speaking role   Story by Edward Gorey.
Commissioned by Asia Roos. Premiered March, 2002. Duration: 15'

2000 Seven Nocturnes, for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra  

Text by Odysseus Elytis.  In Greek.
Commissioned by Marie Bafus. Premiered April 30, 2000.


1999 The Money Tree, an opera in one act   Libretto by Daniel Cohen. Premiered 2001 by Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) in San Franciso.

1999 Eins und Alles, for soprano, horn and piano   Text by Christian Morgenstern.  In German.
Commissioned by Sylvia Anderson. Premiered 1999.

1998 Tombstones in the Starlight, for soprano and piano   Texts by Dorothy Parker.
Commissioned by Suzanne Lustgarten. Premiered in March, 1999.

1998 Cinco Poemes de Jaime Manrique, for tenor and piano  

Texts by Jaime Manrique.  In Spanish.
Commissioned by Mark Hernandez. Premiered in August, 2001.
Listen to El Cielo Encima de la casa de Mi Madre
Listen to Mamba
Listen to Elegia al Cisne
Listen to Saudale


1998 Eloise, a staged solo for soprano and piano   From the book by Kay Thompson.
Commissioned by Alexandra Garner. Premiered in March, 1999

1998 The Highwayman, for soprano and string quartet   On the poem by Alfred Noyes.
Commissioned by Cheryl Cain.
Premiered April 18, 1998

1997 Fireflies and Willows, for soprano, baritone and piano   Kirkup. Premiered in November, 1997, Tokyo.
Available on the PentaTone CD Phenomenon: the Music of David Garner, by soprano Stephanie Friede, baritone William Stone, and pianist Kristin Pankonin

1997 Symptom Recital, for soprano and piano   Poem by Dorothy Parker.
Commissioned by Linda Brewer.
Duration: c.45


1997 Five Scots Songs, for soprano, violin and cello   Arrangements of five Scots folksongs.
Commissioned by Susan Zeleznick.
Premiered by her in May, 1997.
Duration: 8'

1996 Epitaphs, for mixed a capella chorus  
Texts by Michelangelo.  In Italian.
Commissioned and premiered by the San Francisco Chamber Singers.
Duration: 15'
Listen to Epitaphs 1
Listen to Epitaphs 2
Listen to Epitaphs 3
Listen to Epitaphs 4


Score available for purchase
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1995 El Alma y la Memoria: In Memoriam Edwin Barlow, for soprano and piano  
Four songs on poems by Antonio Machado.  In Spanish. Commissioned by Linda K. Brewer, and premiered by her in November, 1995.
Durarion: 13'20

1993 Bestiary, for soprano, horn, clarinet and piano   Listen to Landcrab (Margaret Atwood)
Listen to Hail to thee, blithe owl (Ring Lardner)
Listen to The Truro Bear (Mary Oliver)
Commissioned by the Beaumont Ensemble. 1993.

1993 Out of Silence, for baritone, horn, clarinet and four cellos   Commissioned by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, for the Conservatory's 75th anniversary.
Text by J. Gallegos.
Premiered by the New Music Ensemble April 22, 1993.
Duration: 15'

1990 Forget-Me-Not, for soprano and piano.   Commissioned by Alexandra Horton.
Anonymous text.
Premiered by Miss Horton in May, 1991.
Duration: 6'

1990 Six Caprices of García Lorca, for tenor and piano   La Divinanza de la Guitarra (Riddle of the Guitar)
2. Chumbera (Prickly Pear)
3. Pita (Maguey)
4. Candil (Oil Lamp)
5. Cruz (The Cross)
6. Crótalo (Castanet)
Commissioned by tenor Mark Hernandez, 1991.
Duration: 14'  In Spanish.

1989 Medea Alone, for soprano a capella   Based on Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of Euripides' Medea, the work calls for lighting, costume and stage blocking.
Duration: 22'

1988 Facets for soprano and piano   The Bee Box (Sylvia Plath)
Siren Song (Margaret Atwood)
Mushrooms (Sylvia Plath)
Duration: 11'

1987 Dances From King David, for soprano and piano  
Text from three psalms.
Commissioned and premiered by Catherine Naglestad in Spring, 1988.
Duration: 10'


1986 Annettes-Lieder, for soprano, cello and piano   Text by Annette von Droste-Hulshoff (1797-1848).  In German.
Im Grase (In the Meadow)
Am Turm ( On the Tower)
Der Weiher (The Pond)
Commissioned by Mimi Ruiz, and premiered by her in 1986.
Duration: 15'

1986 Jammerwochie (Jabberwocky), for baritone and piano   Premiered by Hermann Le Roux, 1986.  In German.
Duration: 7'

1985 Three Blake Settings, for mezzo-soprano and piano   Texts by William Blake.
Song
Mad Song
The Fly
Premiered by Ann-Mia Sadowsky, 1986.
Duration: 11'


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