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book on music, gesture & rhetoric
Traces of a Silent Landscape
Sonata "Muskoka"
Global tapestry - Ananta duo
Sonata "Muskoka" for clarinet & piano (Lake movement). Ananta Duo: "Global Tapestry" (2018). Purchase. Spotify.

Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes
Traces of a Silent Landscape. Windermere String Quartet: "Inner Landscapes" (2016). Purchase. iTunes. Spotify. Naxos Music Library.


Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year. Purchase.



University Teaching
  • University of Ottawa, Adjunct Professor, 2016-present
    • Théorie et analyse I (2x) / Theory & Analysis I (3x)
    • Théorie et analyse II (2x) / Theory & Analysis II (3x)
    • Théorie et analyse III (2x)
    • Thèmes choisis en contrepoint (Renaissance) (2x)
    • Topics in Counterpoint (Baroque) (2x)
    • Seminar: Extended Tonal Techniques
    • Techniques de composition I
    • Composition I (individual lessons)
    • Topics in Music Appreciation I (2x)
  • Queen's University, Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2014-16
    • Theory & Analysis I
    • Composition Seminar
    • Modal Counterpoint
    • Extended Tonal Techniques
    • Contrapuntal Analysis
    • private composition lessons
  • University of Alberta, Instructor, 2013-14
    • Issues in Theory & Analysis: Extended Tonal Techniques (graduate)
    • Seminar in Music Theory: Music & Narrative (graduate)
  • University of Toronto, Instructor, 2011
    • Materials of Music IIB (UTSC)
  • University of Windsor, Instructor, 2009-10
    • Basic Skills I (3 sections)
    • Basic Skills II (3 sections)
    • Voice-Leading & Arranging I
    • Voice-Leading & Arranging II
  • University of Toronto, Teaching Assistant, 2007-09
    • Materials of Music IB
    • Materials of Music IIB
    • Materials of Music III
    • Listening to Music (UTSC non-major survey)
  • New York University, Instructor, 2000-03
    • Writing the Essay (5 sections)
    • The World through Art (2 sections)
    • Writing the Essay (2 sections)
    • Writing Workshop (4 sections)
  • University of Ottawa, Instructor, 1996-98
    • Scoring for School Band & Choir
    • Sight-Singing & Dictation I (2 sections)
Private Studio
I teach a limited number of students of all ages and levels in theory & composition. Lessons are available via video (Skype) or in person at my private studio (as of fall 2016, in Ottawa). Contact me for details. Highlights include:
  • composition—one student admitted to Manhattan School of Music; another to U of Toronto's doctoral program
  • theory—tutored U of T students in first- & second-year courses
  • RCM exams—prepared students for all levels of theory, from rudiments to analysis, counterpoint & ARCT baroque counterpoint
ESO Young Composers' Project
As part of my residency with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (2011-14), I ran the Young Composers' Project. Each year one or two local high school students are selected to write an original piece under the guidance of the composer-in-residence, the works typically premiered at Symphony under the Sky over the Labour Day weekend. Daniel Belland (2012) won the Canadian Music Centre's Prairie Region Emerging Composer Prize for Voyage which was subsequently featured at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival. The ESO programmed Taran Plamondon's Flight (2013) at its 2013 annual gala and again during the regular season in 2014/15.
Here is a video produced by ATB Financial featuring interviews with me and the two 2012 participants.
  • 2017—Piano performance adjudicator, Canada Music Week Festival, ORMTA Kingston, ON
  • 2016—Composition adjudicator, Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival
  • 2014—Composition adjudicator, St. Albert Rotary Music Festival.
  • 2013—Clinician, Composition Workshop, Greater Edmonton Teachers' Convention Association. Led a hands-on session (with John McPherson, ESO Principal Trombone) for 50+ elementary school music teachers on how to teach composition to young children.
  • 2012—Clinician, Contemporary Showcase, ARMTA Edmonton. Coached 6 students, ages 13-17, in the composition of an original work for piano.