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2016

A Hopeless Romantic

Film

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2017
SATB Chorus and Piano

A LIGHT

Choral

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2018
for medium voice and piano

A PRAYER

Solo Voice

text by Langston Hughes

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2020
soprano and string quartet

A Wonderful Hearing

Choral

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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.

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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.

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2015
Voice

AS FREE

Electronic

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2019

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

Film

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Amazing Grace

Film Cues

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2019

And They Lynched Him on a Tree

Film

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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.

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Born For This

Film Cues

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Born For This Conducting

Film

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Bruce Almighty

Film

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Bruce Almighty Film Demo

Film

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2019
for baritone and piano

CARO MIO BEN

Solo Voice

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

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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.

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Celestial Heavens

Film

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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.

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2020
string quartet

Dark Washington

Film

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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.

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2016

ELEMENTS

Electronic

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2013

Eastern Moaning

Electronic

Film Cue with Middle Eastern influence.

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2016

Emma's Dreams

Film

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

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Emmas Dreams - Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest

Film

Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest WINNER

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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.”

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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.

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Fighting Kahl

Film

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Film Demo

Film

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Fun at the Carnival

Film

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2016

Funky Money

Film

Feeling 70's Funky...

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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.

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Film Cues

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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Film Cues

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2016
SATB Chorus

HE IS

Choral

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Irreplaceables (documentary)

Film

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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.

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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.

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2019

Leah's Fugue

Film

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2019
Quartet

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

Choral

Let America be America again.

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2016

Memories Of Summer

Film

A mellow jazz composition...

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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

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2015
SATB chorus and piano

My Everything

Choral

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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.

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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

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2014
Piano and String Orchestra

Out Of Love

Film

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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.

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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.

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2006
Baritone and Piano

Prayer and Solitude

Choral

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2013
TTBB chorus

Psalm 15

Choral

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2013

Purpose

Electronic

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2014
computer generated sounds

Rainy Season

Electronic

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Riding the Danube

Film

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2008
SATB Chorus and Piano

SANCTUS

Choral

An original composition using the Sanctus from the Latin Mass.

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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.

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2019

Sailing Through Space

Film

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Selflection

Film

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2018
piano

Sleep Well

Solo Voice

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2019

Space and Time

Film

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2014
Wind Ensemble

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Film Cues

Hymn Arrangement of Sweet Hour of Prayer

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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.

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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.

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2008
TTBB Chorus

TRAIN'S A'COMIN

Choral

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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.

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2017
TTBB chorus, piano and organ (optional)

UNITY

Choral

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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.

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2017
tenor saxophone, trumpet and rhythm section

White Only. Colored Only

Chamber Music

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2016

Who Among Us?

Film

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

Film

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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.

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2015
piano trio (violin, cello and piano)

be still and know

Small Ensemble

This piece was inspired by an interview with Oprah Winfrey

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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.

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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.

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2020
flute and violin

stir crazy

Small Ensemble

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

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2016

the rain that falls

Electronic

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2016

the wind that blows

Electronic

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2017
violin and cello

where two or three are gathered

Chamber Music

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Carlos Simon