Composition Components

Written in Stone

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

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2016
/
Solo Works

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

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Feelings About Baltimore

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

Read More
2013
/
Electronic

Eastern Moaning

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

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2016
/
Film

Emma's Dreams

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

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2016
/
Film

Funky Money

Feeling 70's Funky...

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As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.
Read More
Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music
Read More
My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.
Read More
The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.
Read More
Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.
Read More
As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.
Read More
This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Read More
As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Read More
Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.
Read More
“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.
Read More
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.
Read More
This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.
Read More
My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.
Read More
This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.
Read More
This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”
Read More
This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
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A PRAYER

2018
/
Solo Voice

text by Langston Hughes

AMEN! (2017)

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

2016
/
Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

Funky Money

2016
/
Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

Memories Of Summer

2016
/
Film

A mellow jazz composition...

Emma's Dreams

2016
/
Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

2016
/
Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

be still and know

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Feelings About Baltimore

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

GENERATIONS

2015
/
Electronic

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

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Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

Read More
2018

Sleep Well

Solo Voice

piano

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2013

Psalm 15

Choral

TTBB chorus

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2015

My Everything

Choral

SATB chorus and piano

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2006

Prayer and Solitude

Choral

Baritone and Piano

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2020

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral

soprano and string quartet

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2014

Rainy Season

Electronic

computer generated sounds

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2017

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music

tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

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2017

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music

violin and cello

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2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

Read More
2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Choral

Quartet

Let America be America again.

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2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

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2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

Read More
2015

Feelings About Baltimore

Chamber Music

Piano

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

Read More
2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

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2013

Purpose

Electronic

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2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

Read More
2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

Read More
2014

Out Of Love

Film

Piano and String Orchestra

Read More
2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Read More
2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

Read More
2019

Space and Time

Film

Read More
2016

Who Among Us?

Film

Read More
2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

Read More
2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

Read More
2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

Read More

Celestial Heavens

Film

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Fighting Kahl

Film

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Fun at the Carnival

Film

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2020

Dark Washington

Film

string quartet

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2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues

Wind Ensemble

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

Read More
2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

Read More
2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Solo Voice

medium voice and piano

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

Read More
2018

A PRAYER

Solo Voice

for medium voice and piano

text by Langston Hughes

Read More
2019

CARO MIO BEN

Solo Voice

for baritone and piano

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

Read More
2019

DEAD FIRES

Solo Voice

for medium voice and piano

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Read More

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

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Amazing Grace

Film Cues

Read More

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

Read More

Born For This

Film Cues

Read More
2015

AS FREE

Electronic

Voice

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2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

Read More
2015

GENERATIONS

Electronic

computer generated sounds

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

Read More
2017

UNITY

Choral

TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

Read More
2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral

TTBB Chorus

Read More
2017

A LIGHT

Choral

SATB Chorus and Piano

Read More
2008

SANCTUS

Choral

SATB Chorus and Piano

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

Read More
2016

HE IS

Choral

SATB Chorus

Read More
2020

NIGHT TRIP

Opera

chamber opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

Read More
2019

Between Worlds

Solo Works

for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

Read More
2020

move it

Solo Works

for solo flute or alto flute

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Read More
2015

LICKETY SPLIT

Small Ensemble

cello and piano

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

Read More
2020

JOURNEY

Small Ensemble

string orchestra or string quintet

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

Read More
2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

Small Ensemble

string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Read More

CATCH ON FIRE

Small Ensemble

saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Read More
2015

be still and know

Small Ensemble

piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Read More
2020

stir crazy

Small Ensemble

flute and violin

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Read More
2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Small Ensemble

string quartet

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

Read More
2020

loop

Small Ensemble

string trio (violin, viola, cello)

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Read More
2018

THE BLOCK

Large Ensemble

for orchestra

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

Read More
2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

Large Ensemble

for orchestra and female narrator

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

Read More
2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Large Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

Read More
2019

THIS LAND

Large Ensemble

for orchestra

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

Read More
2017

AMEN! (2017)

Large Ensemble

for symphony band

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Read More
2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

Large Ensemble

for orchestra

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Read More
2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

Large Ensemble

for orchestra

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

Read More
2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

Large Ensemble

for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Read More

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

Read More

Riding the Danube

Film

Read More

Film Demo

Film

Read More

Selflection

Film

Read More
2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

Read More

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

Read More

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

Read More

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Read More

Bruce Almighty

Film

Read More

Born For This Conducting

Film

Read More
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cOMPONENT divider

Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

2018

Sleep Well

piano

Solo Voice

2013

Psalm 15

TTBB chorus

Choral

2015

My Everything

SATB chorus and piano

Choral

2006

Prayer and Solitude

Baritone and Piano

Choral

2020

A Wonderful Hearing

soprano and string quartet

Choral

2014

Rainy Season

computer generated sounds

Electronic

2017

White Only. Colored Only

tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

Chamber Music

2017

where two or three are gathered

violin and cello

Chamber Music

2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Quartet

Choral

Let America be America again.

2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

2015

Feelings About Baltimore

Piano

Chamber Music

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

2013

Purpose

Electronic

2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

2014

Out Of Love

Piano and String Orchestra

Film

2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

2019

Space and Time

Film

2016

Who Among Us?

Film

2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

Celestial Heavens

Film

Fighting Kahl

Film

Fun at the Carnival

Film

2020

Dark Washington

string quartet

Film

2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Wind Ensemble

Film Cues

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

medium voice and piano

Solo Voice

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

2018

A PRAYER

for medium voice and piano

Solo Voice

text by Langston Hughes

2019

CARO MIO BEN

for baritone and piano

Solo Voice

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

2019

DEAD FIRES

for medium voice and piano

Solo Voice

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

Amazing Grace

Film Cues

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

Born For This

Film Cues

2015

AS FREE

Voice

Electronic

2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

2015

GENERATIONS

computer generated sounds

Electronic

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

2017

UNITY

TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

Choral

2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

TTBB Chorus

Choral

2017

A LIGHT

SATB Chorus and Piano

Choral

2008

SANCTUS

SATB Chorus and Piano

Choral

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

2016

HE IS

SATB Chorus

Choral

2020

NIGHT TRIP

chamber opera

Opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

2019

Between Worlds

for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Solo Works

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

2020

move it

for solo flute or alto flute

Solo Works

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

2015

LICKETY SPLIT

cello and piano

Small Ensemble

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

2020

JOURNEY

string orchestra or string quintet

Small Ensemble

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

Small Ensemble

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

CATCH ON FIRE

saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

Small Ensemble

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

2015

be still and know

piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

Small Ensemble

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

2020

stir crazy

flute and violin

Small Ensemble

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

string quartet

Small Ensemble

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

2020

loop

string trio (violin, viola, cello)

Small Ensemble

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

2018

THE BLOCK

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

for orchestra and female narrator

Large Ensemble

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Wind Ensemble

Large Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

2019

THIS LAND

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

2017

AMEN! (2017)

for symphony band

Large Ensemble

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

Riding the Danube

Film

Film Demo

Film

Selflection

Film

2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Bruce Almighty

Film

Born For This Conducting

Film

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cOMPONENT divider

Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

2018

Sleep Well

piano

Solo Voice

2013

Psalm 15

TTBB chorus

Choral

2015

My Everything

SATB chorus and piano

Choral

2006

Prayer and Solitude

Baritone and Piano

Choral

2020

A Wonderful Hearing

soprano and string quartet

Choral

2014

Rainy Season

computer generated sounds

Electronic

2017

White Only. Colored Only

tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

Chamber Music

2017

where two or three are gathered

violin and cello

Chamber Music

2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Quartet

Choral

Let America be America again.

2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

2015

Feelings About Baltimore

Piano

Chamber Music

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

2013

Purpose

Electronic

2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

2014

Out Of Love

Piano and String Orchestra

Film

2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

2019

Space and Time

Film

2016

Who Among Us?

Film

2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

Celestial Heavens

Film

Fighting Kahl

Film

Fun at the Carnival

Film

2020

Dark Washington

string quartet

Film

2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Wind Ensemble

Film Cues

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

medium voice and piano

Solo Voice

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

2018

A PRAYER

for medium voice and piano

Solo Voice

text by Langston Hughes

2019

CARO MIO BEN

for baritone and piano

Solo Voice

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

2019

DEAD FIRES

for medium voice and piano

Solo Voice

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

Amazing Grace

Film Cues

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

Born For This

Film Cues

2015

AS FREE

Voice

Electronic

2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

2015

GENERATIONS

computer generated sounds

Electronic

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

2017

UNITY

TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

Choral

2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

TTBB Chorus

Choral

2017

A LIGHT

SATB Chorus and Piano

Choral

2008

SANCTUS

SATB Chorus and Piano

Choral

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

2016

HE IS

SATB Chorus

Choral

2020

NIGHT TRIP

chamber opera

Opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

2019

Between Worlds

for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Solo Works

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

2020

move it

for solo flute or alto flute

Solo Works

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

2015

LICKETY SPLIT

cello and piano

Small Ensemble

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

2020

JOURNEY

string orchestra or string quintet

Small Ensemble

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

Small Ensemble

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

CATCH ON FIRE

saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

Small Ensemble

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

2015

be still and know

piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

Small Ensemble

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

2020

stir crazy

flute and violin

Small Ensemble

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

string quartet

Small Ensemble

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

2020

loop

string trio (violin, viola, cello)

Small Ensemble

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

2018

THE BLOCK

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

for orchestra and female narrator

Large Ensemble

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Wind Ensemble

Large Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

2019

THIS LAND

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

2017

AMEN! (2017)

for symphony band

Large Ensemble

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

Riding the Danube

Film

Film Demo

Film

Selflection

Film

2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Bruce Almighty

Film

Born For This Conducting

Film

6
cOMPONENT divider

Orchestral

Written in Stone

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

see more

2018

Solo Voice

Sleep Well

piano

see more

2013

Choral

Psalm 15

TTBB chorus

see more

2015

Choral

My Everything

SATB chorus and piano

see more

2006

Choral

Prayer and Solitude

Baritone and Piano

see more

2020

Choral

A Wonderful Hearing

soprano and string quartet

see more

2014

Electronic

Rainy Season

computer generated sounds

see more

2017

Chamber Music

White Only. Colored Only

tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

see more

2017

Chamber Music

where two or three are gathered

violin and cello

see more

2016

Solo Works

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

see more

2019

Choral

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Quartet

Let America be America again.

see more

2016

Electronic

the rain that falls

see more

2016

Electronic

the wind that blows

see more

2015

Chamber Music

Feelings About Baltimore

Piano

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

see more

2019

Film

Leah's Fugue

see more

2013

Electronic

Purpose

see more

2013

Electronic

Eastern Moaning

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

see more

2019

Film

Sailing Through Space

see more

2014

Film

Out Of Love

Piano and String Orchestra

see more

2016

Film

Emma's Dreams

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

see more

2016

Film

A Hopeless Romantic

see more

2019

Film

Space and Time

see more

2016

Film

Who Among Us?

see more

2016

Film

Funky Money

Feeling 70's Funky...

see more

2016

Film

Memories Of Summer

A mellow jazz composition...

see more

2019

Film

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

see more

Film

Celestial Heavens

see more

Film

Fighting Kahl

see more

Film

Fun at the Carnival

see more

2020

Film

Dark Washington

string quartet

see more

2014

Film Cues

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Wind Ensemble

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

see more

2016

Orchestral

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

see more

2014

Solo Voice

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

medium voice and piano

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

see more

2018

Solo Voice

A PRAYER

for medium voice and piano

text by Langston Hughes

see more

2019

Solo Voice

CARO MIO BEN

for baritone and piano

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

see more

2019

Solo Voice

DEAD FIRES

for medium voice and piano

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

see more

Film Cues

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

see more

Film Cues

Amazing Grace

see more

Film Cues

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

see more

Film Cues

Born For This

see more

2015

Electronic

AS FREE

Voice

see more

2016

Electronic

ELEMENTS

see more

2015

Electronic

GENERATIONS

computer generated sounds

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

see more

2017

Choral

UNITY

TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

see more

2008

Choral

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

TTBB Chorus

see more

2017

Choral

A LIGHT

SATB Chorus and Piano

see more

2008

Choral

SANCTUS

SATB Chorus and Piano

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

see more

2016

Choral

HE IS

SATB Chorus

see more

2020

Opera

NIGHT TRIP

chamber opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

see more

2019

Solo Works

Between Worlds

for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

see more

2020

Solo Works

move it

for solo flute or alto flute

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

see more

2015

Small Ensemble

LICKETY SPLIT

cello and piano

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

see more

2020

Small Ensemble

JOURNEY

string orchestra or string quintet

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

see more

2015

Small Ensemble

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

see more

Small Ensemble

CATCH ON FIRE

saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

see more

2015

Small Ensemble

be still and know

piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

see more

2020

Small Ensemble

stir crazy

flute and violin

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

see more

2020

Small Ensemble

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

string quartet

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

see more

2020

Small Ensemble

loop

string trio (violin, viola, cello)

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

see more

2018

Large Ensemble

THE BLOCK

for orchestra

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

see more

2017

Large Ensemble

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

for orchestra and female narrator

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

see more

2019

Large Ensemble

SWEET CHARIOT

Wind Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

see more

2019

Large Ensemble

THIS LAND

for orchestra

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

see more

2017

Large Ensemble

AMEN! (2017)

for symphony band

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

see more

2019

Large Ensemble

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

for orchestra

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

see more

2020

Large Ensemble

FATE NOW CONQUERS

for orchestra

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

see more

2021

Large Ensemble

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

see more

Film

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

see more

Film

Riding the Danube

see more

Film

Film Demo

see more

Film

Selflection

see more

2019

Film

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

see more

Film

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

see more

Film

Irreplaceables (documentary)

see more

Film

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

see more

Film

Bruce Almighty

see more

Film

Born For This Conducting

see more
7
cOMPONENT divider

Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

Read More
2018
piano

Sleep Well

Solo Voice

Read More
2013
TTBB chorus

Psalm 15

Choral

Read More
2015
SATB chorus and piano

My Everything

Choral

Read More
2006
Baritone and Piano

Prayer and Solitude

Choral

Read More
2020
soprano and string quartet

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral

Read More
2014
computer generated sounds

Rainy Season

Electronic

Read More
2017
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music

Read More
2017
violin and cello

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music

Read More
2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

Read More
2019
Quartet

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Choral

Let America be America again.

Read More
2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

Read More
2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

Read More
2015
Piano

Feelings About Baltimore

Chamber Music

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

Read More
2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

Read More
2013

Purpose

Electronic

Read More
2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

Read More
2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

Read More
2014
Piano and String Orchestra

Out Of Love

Film

Read More
2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Read More
2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

Read More
2019

Space and Time

Film

Read More
2016

Who Among Us?

Film

Read More
2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

Read More
2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

Read More
2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

Read More

Celestial Heavens

Film

Read More

Fighting Kahl

Film

Read More

Fun at the Carnival

Film

Read More
2020
string quartet

Dark Washington

Film

Read More
2014
Wind Ensemble

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

Read More
2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

Read More
2014
medium voice and piano

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Solo Voice

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

Read More
2018
for medium voice and piano

A PRAYER

Solo Voice

text by Langston Hughes

Read More
2019
for baritone and piano

CARO MIO BEN

Solo Voice

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

Read More
2019
for medium voice and piano

DEAD FIRES

Solo Voice

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Read More

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

Read More

Amazing Grace

Film Cues

Read More

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

Read More

Born For This

Film Cues

Read More
2015
Voice

AS FREE

Electronic

Read More
2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

Read More
2015
computer generated sounds

GENERATIONS

Electronic

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

Read More
2017
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

UNITY

Choral

Read More
2008
TTBB Chorus

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral

Read More
2017
SATB Chorus and Piano

A LIGHT

Choral

Read More
2008
SATB Chorus and Piano

SANCTUS

Choral

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

Read More
2016
SATB Chorus

HE IS

Choral

Read More
2020
chamber opera

NIGHT TRIP

Opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

Read More
2019
for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Between Worlds

Solo Works

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

Read More
2020
for solo flute or alto flute

move it

Solo Works

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Read More
2015
cello and piano

LICKETY SPLIT

Small Ensemble

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

Read More
2020
string orchestra or string quintet

JOURNEY

Small Ensemble

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

Read More
2015
string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

Small Ensemble

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Read More
saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

CATCH ON FIRE

Small Ensemble

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Read More
2015
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

be still and know

Small Ensemble

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Read More
2020
flute and violin

stir crazy

Small Ensemble

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Read More
2020
string quartet

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Small Ensemble

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

Read More
2020
string trio (violin, viola, cello)

loop

Small Ensemble

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Read More
2018
for orchestra

THE BLOCK

Large Ensemble

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

Read More
2017
for orchestra and female narrator

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

Large Ensemble

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

Read More
2019
Wind Ensemble

SWEET CHARIOT

Large Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

Read More
2019
for orchestra

THIS LAND

Large Ensemble

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

Read More
2017
for symphony band

AMEN! (2017)

Large Ensemble

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Read More
2019
for orchestra

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

Large Ensemble

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Read More
2020
for orchestra

FATE NOW CONQUERS

Large Ensemble

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

Read More
2021
for orchestra

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Read More

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

Read More

Riding the Danube

Film

Read More

Film Demo

Film

Read More

Selflection

Film

Read More
2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

Read More

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

Read More

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

Read More

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Read More

Bruce Almighty

Film

Read More

Born For This Conducting

Film

Read More
8
cOMPONENT divider

Written in Stone

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

Orchestral
See More

2018

Sleep Well

Solo Voice
piano
See More

2013

Psalm 15

Choral
TTBB chorus
See More

2015

My Everything

Choral
SATB chorus and piano
See More

2006

Prayer and Solitude

Choral
Baritone and Piano
See More

2020

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral
soprano and string quartet
See More

2014

Rainy Season

Electronic
computer generated sounds
See More

2017

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section
See More

2017

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music
violin and cello
See More

2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

Solo Works
See More

2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Let America be America again.

Choral
Quartet
See More

2016

the rain that falls

Electronic
See More

2016

the wind that blows

Electronic
See More

2015

Feelings About Baltimore

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

Chamber Music
Piano
See More

2019

Leah's Fugue

Film
See More

2013

Purpose

Electronic
See More

2013

Eastern Moaning

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

Electronic
See More

2019

Sailing Through Space

Film
See More

2014

Out Of Love

Film
Piano and String Orchestra
See More

2016

Emma's Dreams

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film
See More

2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film
See More

2019

Space and Time

Film
See More

2016

Who Among Us?

Film
See More

2016

Funky Money

Feeling 70's Funky...

Film
See More

2016

Memories Of Summer

A mellow jazz composition...

Film
See More

2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film
See More

Celestial Heavens

Film
See More

Fighting Kahl

Film
See More

Fun at the Carnival

Film
See More

2020

Dark Washington

Film
string quartet
See More

2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues
Wind Ensemble
See More

2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

Orchestral
See More

2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

Solo Voice
medium voice and piano
See More

2018

A PRAYER

text by Langston Hughes

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano
See More

2019

CARO MIO BEN

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

Solo Voice
for baritone and piano
See More

2019

DEAD FIRES

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano
See More

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues
See More

Amazing Grace

Film Cues
See More

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues
See More

Born For This

Film Cues
See More

2015

AS FREE

Electronic
Voice
See More

2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic
See More

2015

GENERATIONS

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

Electronic
computer generated sounds
See More

2017

UNITY

Choral
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)
See More

2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral
TTBB Chorus
See More

2017

A LIGHT

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano
See More

2008

SANCTUS

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano
See More

2016

HE IS

Choral
SATB Chorus
See More

2020

NIGHT TRIP

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

Opera
chamber opera
See More

2019

Between Worlds

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

Solo Works
for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass
See More

2020

move it

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Solo Works
for solo flute or alto flute
See More

2015

LICKETY SPLIT

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

Small Ensemble
cello and piano
See More

2020

JOURNEY

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

Small Ensemble
string orchestra or string quintet
See More

2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Small Ensemble
string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet
See More

CATCH ON FIRE

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Small Ensemble
saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)
See More

2015

be still and know

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Small Ensemble
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)
See More

2020

stir crazy

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Small Ensemble
flute and violin
See More

2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

Small Ensemble
string quartet
See More

2020

loop

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Small Ensemble
string trio (violin, viola, cello)
See More

2018

THE BLOCK

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra and female narrator
See More

2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

Large Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
See More

2019

THIS LAND

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2017

AMEN! (2017)

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Large Ensemble
for symphony band
See More

2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film
See More

Riding the Danube

Film
See More

Film Demo

Film
See More

Selflection

Film
See More

2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film
See More

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film
See More

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film
See More

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Film
See More

Bruce Almighty

Film
See More

Born For This Conducting

Film
See More
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Fun at the Carnival

Film

Fun at the Carnival

Read More
Fighting Kahl

Film

Fighting Kahl

Read More
Celestial Heavens

Film

Celestial Heavens

Read More
Amazing Grace

Film Cues

Amazing Grace

Read More
Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Read More
Selflection

Film

Selflection

Read More
Film Demo

Film

Film Demo

Read More
Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Read More
Born For This Conducting

Film

Born For This Conducting

Read More
Riding the Danube

Film

Riding the Danube

Read More
CATCH ON FIRE

saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)
Small Ensemble

CATCH ON FIRE

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Read More
Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Read More
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Read More
Born For This

Film Cues

Born For This

Read More
Bruce Almighty

Film

Bruce Almighty

Read More
Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Read More
Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Read More
Written in Stone

Orchestral

Written in Stone

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

Read More
Prayer and Solitude

2006

Baritone and Piano
Choral

Prayer and Solitude

Read More
SANCTUS

2008

SATB Chorus and Piano
Choral

SANCTUS

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

Read More
TRAIN'S A'COMIN

2008

TTBB Chorus
Choral

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Read More
Psalm 15

2013

TTBB chorus
Choral

Psalm 15

Read More
Eastern Moaning

2013

Electronic

Eastern Moaning

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

Read More
Purpose

2013

Electronic

Purpose

Read More
Out Of Love

2014

Piano and String Orchestra
Film

Out Of Love

Read More
Rainy Season

2014

computer generated sounds
Electronic

Rainy Season

Read More
Sweet Hour of Prayer

2014

Wind Ensemble
Film Cues

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

Read More
NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

2014

medium voice and piano
Solo Voice

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

Read More
AS FREE

2015

Voice
Electronic

AS FREE

Read More
ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

2015

string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet
Small Ensemble

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Read More
be still and know

2015

piano trio (violin, cello and piano)
Small Ensemble

be still and know

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Read More
My Everything

2015

SATB chorus and piano
Choral

My Everything

Read More
Feelings About Baltimore

2015

Piano
Chamber Music

Feelings About Baltimore

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

Read More
GENERATIONS

2015

computer generated sounds
Electronic

GENERATIONS

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

Read More
LICKETY SPLIT

2015

cello and piano
Small Ensemble

LICKETY SPLIT

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

Read More
Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

2016

Orchestral

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

Read More
Funky Money

2016

Film

Funky Money

Feeling 70's Funky...

Read More
Memories Of Summer

2016

Film

Memories Of Summer

A mellow jazz composition...

Read More
Who Among Us?

2016

Film

Who Among Us?

Read More
the rain that falls

2016

Electronic

the rain that falls

Read More
Emma's Dreams

2016

Film

Emma's Dreams

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Read More
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

2016

Solo Works

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

Read More
HE IS

2016

SATB Chorus
Choral

HE IS

Read More
A Hopeless Romantic

2016

Film

A Hopeless Romantic

Read More
the wind that blows

2016

Electronic

the wind that blows

Read More
ELEMENTS

2016

Electronic

ELEMENTS

Read More
A LIGHT

2017

SATB Chorus and Piano
Choral

A LIGHT

Read More
AMEN! (2017)

2017

for symphony band
Large Ensemble

AMEN! (2017)

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Read More
where two or three are gathered

2017

violin and cello
Chamber Music

where two or three are gathered

Read More
PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

2017

for orchestra and female narrator
Large Ensemble

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

Read More
White Only. Colored Only

2017

tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section
Chamber Music

White Only. Colored Only

Read More
UNITY

2017

TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)
Choral

UNITY

Read More
Sleep Well

2018

piano
Solo Voice

Sleep Well

Read More
THE BLOCK

2018

for orchestra
Large Ensemble

THE BLOCK

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

Read More
A PRAYER

2018

for medium voice and piano
Solo Voice

A PRAYER

text by Langston Hughes

Read More
CARO MIO BEN

2019

for baritone and piano
Solo Voice

CARO MIO BEN

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

Read More
AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

2019

for orchestra
Large Ensemble

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Read More
Sailing Through Space

2019

Film

Sailing Through Space

Read More
Between Worlds

2019

for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass
Solo Works

Between Worlds

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

Read More
SWEET CHARIOT

2019

Wind Ensemble
Large Ensemble

SWEET CHARIOT

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

Read More
ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

2019

Film

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Read More
And They Lynched Him on a Tree

2019

Film

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Read More
Leah's Fugue

2019

Film

Leah's Fugue

Read More
DEAD FIRES

2019

for medium voice and piano
Solo Voice

DEAD FIRES

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Read More
Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

2019

Quartet
Choral

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Let America be America again.

Read More
THIS LAND

2019

for orchestra
Large Ensemble

THIS LAND

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

Read More
Space and Time

2019

Film

Space and Time

Read More
move it

2020

for solo flute or alto flute
Solo Works

move it

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Read More
loop

2020

string trio (violin, viola, cello)
Small Ensemble

loop

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Read More
WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

2020

string quartet
Small Ensemble

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

Read More
JOURNEY

2020

string orchestra or string quintet
Small Ensemble

JOURNEY

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

Read More
Dark Washington

2020

string quartet
Film

Dark Washington

Read More
stir crazy

2020

flute and violin
Small Ensemble

stir crazy

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Read More
A Wonderful Hearing

2020

soprano and string quartet
Choral

A Wonderful Hearing

Read More
NIGHT TRIP

2020

chamber opera
Opera

NIGHT TRIP

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

Read More
FATE NOW CONQUERS

2020

for orchestra
Large Ensemble

FATE NOW CONQUERS

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

Read More
Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

2021

for orchestra
Large Ensemble

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Read More
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cOMPONENT divider

Fun at the Carnival

Film
See More

Fighting Kahl

Film
See More

Celestial Heavens

Film
See More

Amazing Grace

Film Cues
See More

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film
See More

Selflection

Film
See More

Film Demo

Film
See More

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues
See More

Born For This Conducting

Film
See More

Riding the Danube

Film
See More

CATCH ON FIRE

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Small Ensemble
saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)
See More

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film
See More

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues
See More

Born For This

Film Cues
See More

Bruce Almighty

Film
See More

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

Film
See More

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film
See More

Written in Stone

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

Orchestral
See More

2006

Prayer and Solitude

Choral
Baritone and Piano
See More

2008

SANCTUS

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano
See More

2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral
TTBB Chorus
See More

2013

Psalm 15

Choral
TTBB chorus
See More

2013

Eastern Moaning

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

Electronic
See More

2013

Purpose

Electronic
See More

2014

Out Of Love

Film
Piano and String Orchestra
See More

2014

Rainy Season

Electronic
computer generated sounds
See More

2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues
Wind Ensemble
See More

2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

Solo Voice
medium voice and piano
See More

2015

AS FREE

Electronic
Voice
See More

2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Small Ensemble
string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet
See More

2015

be still and know

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

Small Ensemble
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)
See More

2015

My Everything

Choral
SATB chorus and piano
See More

2015

Feelings About Baltimore

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

Chamber Music
Piano
See More

2015

GENERATIONS

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

Electronic
computer generated sounds
See More

2015

LICKETY SPLIT

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

Small Ensemble
cello and piano
See More

2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

Orchestral
See More

2016

Funky Money

Feeling 70's Funky...

Film
See More

2016

Memories Of Summer

A mellow jazz composition...

Film
See More

2016

Who Among Us?

Film
See More

2016

the rain that falls

Electronic
See More

2016

Emma's Dreams

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film
See More

2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

Solo Works
See More

2016

HE IS

Choral
SATB Chorus
See More

2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film
See More

2016

the wind that blows

Electronic
See More

2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic
See More

2017

A LIGHT

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano
See More

2017

AMEN! (2017)

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Large Ensemble
for symphony band
See More

2017

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music
violin and cello
See More

2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra and female narrator
See More

2017

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section
See More

2017

UNITY

Choral
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)
See More

2018

Sleep Well

Solo Voice
piano
See More

2018

THE BLOCK

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2018

A PRAYER

text by Langston Hughes

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano
See More

2019

CARO MIO BEN

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

Solo Voice
for baritone and piano
See More

2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2019

Sailing Through Space

Film
See More

2019

Between Worlds

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

Solo Works
for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass
See More

2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

Large Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
See More

2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film
See More

2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film
See More

2019

Leah's Fugue

Film
See More

2019

DEAD FIRES

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano
See More

2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Let America be America again.

Choral
Quartet
See More

2019

THIS LAND

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2019

Space and Time

Film
See More

2020

move it

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Solo Works
for solo flute or alto flute
See More

2020

loop

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

Small Ensemble
string trio (violin, viola, cello)
See More

2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

Small Ensemble
string quartet
See More

2020

JOURNEY

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

Small Ensemble
string orchestra or string quintet
See More

2020

Dark Washington

Film
string quartet
See More

2020

stir crazy

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Small Ensemble
flute and violin
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2020

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral
soprano and string quartet
See More

2020

NIGHT TRIP

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

Opera
chamber opera
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2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
See More

2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Large Ensemble
for orchestra
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14
cOMPONENT divider

Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

see more
piano

2018

Sleep Well

Solo Voice

see more
TTBB chorus

2013

Psalm 15

Choral

see more
SATB chorus and piano

2015

My Everything

Choral

see more
Baritone and Piano

2006

Prayer and Solitude

Choral

see more
soprano and string quartet

2020

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral

see more
computer generated sounds

2014

Rainy Season

Electronic

see more
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

2017

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music

see more
violin and cello

2017

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music

see more

2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

see more
Quartet

2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Choral

Let America be America again.

see more

2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

see more

2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

see more
Piano

2015

Feelings About Baltimore

Chamber Music

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

see more

2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

see more

2013

Purpose

Electronic

see more

2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

see more

2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

see more
Piano and String Orchestra

2014

Out Of Love

Film

see more

2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

see more

2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

see more

2019

Space and Time

Film

see more

2016

Who Among Us?

Film

see more

2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

see more

2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

see more

2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

see more

Celestial Heavens

Film

see more

Fighting Kahl

Film

see more

Fun at the Carnival

Film

see more
string quartet

2020

Dark Washington

Film

see more
Wind Ensemble

2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

see more

2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

see more
medium voice and piano

2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Solo Voice

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

see more
for medium voice and piano

2018

A PRAYER

Solo Voice

text by Langston Hughes

see more
for baritone and piano

2019

CARO MIO BEN

Solo Voice

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

see more
for medium voice and piano

2019

DEAD FIRES

Solo Voice

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

see more

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

see more

Amazing Grace

Film Cues

see more

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

see more

Born For This

Film Cues

see more
Voice

2015

AS FREE

Electronic

see more

2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

see more
computer generated sounds

2015

GENERATIONS

Electronic

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

see more
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

2017

UNITY

Choral

see more
TTBB Chorus

2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral

see more
SATB Chorus and Piano

2017

A LIGHT

Choral

see more
SATB Chorus and Piano

2008

SANCTUS

Choral

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

see more
SATB Chorus

2016

HE IS

Choral

see more
chamber opera

2020

NIGHT TRIP

Opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

see more
for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

2019

Between Worlds

Solo Works

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

see more
for solo flute or alto flute

2020

move it

Solo Works

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

see more
cello and piano

2015

LICKETY SPLIT

Small Ensemble

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

see more
string orchestra or string quintet

2020

JOURNEY

Small Ensemble

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

see more
string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

Small Ensemble

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

see more
saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

CATCH ON FIRE

Small Ensemble

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

see more
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

2015

be still and know

Small Ensemble

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

see more
flute and violin

2020

stir crazy

Small Ensemble

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

see more
string quartet

2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Small Ensemble

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

see more
string trio (violin, viola, cello)

2020

loop

Small Ensemble

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

see more
for orchestra

2018

THE BLOCK

Large Ensemble

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

see more
for orchestra and female narrator

2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

Large Ensemble

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

see more
Wind Ensemble

2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Large Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

see more
for orchestra

2019

THIS LAND

Large Ensemble

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

see more
for symphony band

2017

AMEN! (2017)

Large Ensemble

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

see more
for orchestra

2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

Large Ensemble

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

see more
for orchestra

2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

Large Ensemble

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

see more
for orchestra

2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

Large Ensemble

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

see more

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

see more

Riding the Danube

Film

see more

Film Demo

Film

see more

Selflection

Film

see more

2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

see more

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

see more

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

see more

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

see more

Bruce Almighty

Film

see more

Born For This Conducting

Film

see more
15
cOMPONENT divider

Fun at the Carnival

Film

See More

Fighting Kahl

Film

See More

Celestial Heavens

Film

See More

Amazing Grace

Film Cues

See More

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

See More

Selflection

Film

See More

Film Demo

Film

See More

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

See More

Born For This Conducting

Film

See More

Riding the Danube

Film

See More

CATCH ON FIRE

Small Ensemble
saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

See More

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

See More

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

See More

Born For This

Film Cues

See More

Bruce Almighty

Film

See More

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

See More

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

See More

Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

See More
2006

Prayer and Solitude

Choral
Baritone and Piano

See More
2008

SANCTUS

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

See More
2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral
TTBB Chorus

See More
2013

Psalm 15

Choral
TTBB chorus

See More
2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

See More
2013

Purpose

Electronic

See More
2014

Out Of Love

Film
Piano and String Orchestra

See More
2014

Rainy Season

Electronic
computer generated sounds

See More
2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues
Wind Ensemble

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

See More
2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Solo Voice
medium voice and piano

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

See More
2015

AS FREE

Electronic
Voice

See More
2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

Small Ensemble
string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

See More
2015

be still and know

Small Ensemble
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

See More
2015

My Everything

Choral
SATB chorus and piano

See More
2015

Feelings About Baltimore

Chamber Music
Piano

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

See More
2015

GENERATIONS

Electronic
computer generated sounds

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

See More
2015

LICKETY SPLIT

Small Ensemble
cello and piano

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

See More
2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

See More
2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

See More
2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

See More
2016

Who Among Us?

Film

See More
2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

See More
2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

See More
2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

See More
2016

HE IS

Choral
SATB Chorus

See More
2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

See More
2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

See More
2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

See More
2017

A LIGHT

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano

See More
2017

AMEN! (2017)

Large Ensemble
for symphony band

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

See More
2017

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music
violin and cello

See More
2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

Large Ensemble
for orchestra and female narrator

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

See More
2017

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

See More
2017

UNITY

Choral
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

See More
2018

Sleep Well

Solo Voice
piano

See More
2018

THE BLOCK

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

See More
2018

A PRAYER

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano

text by Langston Hughes

See More
2019

CARO MIO BEN

Solo Voice
for baritone and piano

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

See More
2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

See More
2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

See More
2019

Between Worlds

Solo Works
for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

See More
2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Large Ensemble
Wind Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

See More
2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

See More
2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

See More
2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

See More
2019

DEAD FIRES

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

See More
2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Choral
Quartet

Let America be America again.

See More
2019

THIS LAND

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

See More
2019

Space and Time

Film

See More
2020

move it

Solo Works
for solo flute or alto flute

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

See More
2020

loop

Small Ensemble
string trio (violin, viola, cello)

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

See More
2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Small Ensemble
string quartet

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

See More
2020

JOURNEY

Small Ensemble
string orchestra or string quintet

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

See More
2020

Dark Washington

Film
string quartet

See More
2020

stir crazy

Small Ensemble
flute and violin

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

See More
2020

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral
soprano and string quartet

See More
2020

NIGHT TRIP

Opera
chamber opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

See More
2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

See More
2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

See More
16
cOMPONENT divider

Fun at the Carnival

Film

See more

Fighting Kahl

Film

See more

Celestial Heavens

Film

See more

Amazing Grace

Film Cues

See more

Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

See more

Selflection

Film

See more

Film Demo

Film

See more

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

See more

Born For This Conducting

Film

See more

Riding the Danube

Film

See more

CATCH ON FIRE

Small Ensemble
saxophone quartet (sop sax/a sax/ten sax/bar sax)

As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, no other memory stands out more than being a part of a “tarrying service”. The “tarry service”, usually on Friday nights, was for those members (mostly teenagers) who had not received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

See more

Wish I Didn't Miss You - Angie Stone Live In Warsaw

Film

See more

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

See more

Born For This

Film Cues

See more

Bruce Almighty

Film

See more

Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

See more

Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

See more

Written in Stone

Orchestral

The theme that he and his librettist have chosen — acceptance of same-sex marriage within the black church — is a challenging one.

See more
2006

Prayer and Solitude

Choral
Baritone and Piano

See more
2008

SANCTUS

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

See more
2008

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral
TTBB Chorus

See more
2013

Psalm 15

Choral
TTBB chorus

See more
2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

See more
2013

Purpose

Electronic

See more
2014

Out Of Love

Film
Piano and String Orchestra

See more
2014

Rainy Season

Electronic
computer generated sounds

See more
2014

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues
Wind Ensemble

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

See more
2014

NIGHTFALL (…while you were dreaming..)

Solo Voice
medium voice and piano

Art songs have long been an interest of mine. The vocal works of Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg have always seem to ignite my passion for composing music

See more
2015

AS FREE

Electronic
Voice

See more
2015

ELEGY: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE

Small Ensemble
string quartet or string orchestra or saxophone quartet

This piece is an artistic reflection dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power; namely Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

See more
2015

be still and know

Small Ensemble
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

See more
2015

My Everything

Choral
SATB chorus and piano

See more
2015

Feelings About Baltimore

Chamber Music
Piano

These are my feelings on the crimes of BOTH the oppressor and the oppressed in Baltimore and throughout the country.

See more
2015

GENERATIONS

Electronic
computer generated sounds

My patriarchal heritage shows three generations of preachers. My great grand father, Bishop Henry C. Brooks, who began preaching in 1925, my grandfather, Bishop Charles W. Hairston in 1947 and my father Bishop Carlos O. Simon, Sr. in 1994. I chose to use audio clips from past sermons after discovering old LP and several old cassette tapes of sermons from my great grandfather and grandfather.

See more
2015

LICKETY SPLIT

Small Ensemble
cello and piano

As young boy, I worked with my grandfather during the summers paving driveways in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was a task master. Things had to be done the right way and with haste when he asked for it in his own playful way.

See more
2016

Plagues of Egypt - Excerpt

Orchestral

As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing and learning about the mystic and powerful stories of the bible. The story of the ten plagues of Egypt was one particular story that created compelling imagery.

See more
2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

See more
2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

See more
2016

Who Among Us?

Film

See more
2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

See more
2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

Score for the First Runner Up for the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

See more
2016

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Cover)- Paula Champion

Solo Works

"The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12:31 NLT

See more
2016

HE IS

Choral
SATB Chorus

See more
2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

See more
2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

See more
2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

See more
2017

A LIGHT

Choral
SATB Chorus and Piano

See more
2017

AMEN! (2017)

Large Ensemble
for symphony band

My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

See more
2017

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music
violin and cello

See more
2017

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

Large Ensemble
for orchestra and female narrator

This piece traces the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman.

See more
2017

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

See more
2017

UNITY

Choral
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

See more
2018

Sleep Well

Solo Voice
piano

See more
2018

THE BLOCK

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south.

See more
2018

A PRAYER

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano

text by Langston Hughes

See more
2019

CARO MIO BEN

Solo Voice
for baritone and piano

An arrangement of this classic aria from the 24 Italian Art songs collection.

See more
2019

AMEN! (2017 rev. 2019)

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece pays homage to my family's four generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. My intent is to re-create the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that I enjoyed being apart of while growing up in this denomination.

See more
2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

See more
2019

Between Worlds

Solo Works
for solo violin or solo cello or solo double bass

Bill Traylor was born a slave in Alabama in 1853 and died in 1949. He lived long enough to see the United States of America go through many social and political changes. He was an eyewitness to the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration.

See more
2019

SWEET CHARIOT

Large Ensemble
Wind Ensemble

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is perhaps one of the most well known African American spirituals. As beautiful and rapturing as its melody is, it should be.

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2019

ASCAP presents Songwriters: The Next Generation - Millennium Stage (April 10, 2019)

Film

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2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

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2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

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2019

DEAD FIRES

Solo Voice
for medium voice and piano

These words were written in 1922 at a time when African American were making progress in a severely hostile American society.

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2019

Let America Be America Again- Tony Arnold and Third Angle Quartet

Choral
Quartet

Let America be America again.

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2019

THIS LAND

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ gentle, welcoming words in her poem, “New Colossus”. Lush, bright harmonies in the strings are used to represent hope and unity.

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2019

Space and Time

Film

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2020

move it

Solo Works
for solo flute or alto flute

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

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2020

loop

Small Ensemble
string trio (violin, viola, cello)

The pandemic of COVID-19 has continued to influence my social, professional and personal life in ways that I never imagined.

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2020

WARMTH FROM OTHER SUNS

Small Ensemble
string quartet

Between 1916 and 1970, the mass exodus of African-Americans leaving the rural South, seeking homes in the urban West, Midwest, and Northeast became known as the Great Migration.

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2020

JOURNEY

Small Ensemble
string orchestra or string quintet

Journey is inspired by the following poem: Life is a Journey From once proximal end to other.

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2020

Dark Washington

Film
string quartet

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2020

stir crazy

Small Ensemble
flute and violin

Commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Music Academy in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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2020

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral
soprano and string quartet

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2020

NIGHT TRIP

Opera
chamber opera

The uncles arrive in Chicago after dark at their sister’s apartment to pick up their niece Conchetta. Big city music. Conchetta is thrilled to go “home” to see her relatives—her grandmother, her aunts, her “play aunts.” She sings about the rough world of the big city and longs for the small town life in Tennessee.

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2020

FATE NOW CONQUERS

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece was inspired by a journal entry from Ludvig van Beethoven’s notebook written in 1815: “Iliad. The Twenty-Second Book But Fate now conquers; I am hers; and yet not she shall share In my renown; that life is left to every noble spirit And that some great deed shall beget that all lives shall inherit.”

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2021

Tales: a folklore symphony for orchestra

Large Ensemble
for orchestra

This piece explores African American folklore as well as Afrofuturists stories. This work is commissioned by the Sphinx Organization for its 25th Anniversary and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

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