Stepping Stones (2019) - for oboe, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, Bb bass clarinet, bassoon - 2:00
Commissioned by the Music in Schools Initiative at Yale School of Music
Listen to the recording here.
Stepping Stones was composed for an 8th grade reed quintet created by Ethan Lippert and the Music in Schools Initiative through the Yale School of Music. As a former 6th-12th grade band director myself, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to write for a young chamber ensemble and incorporate my own experiences and pedagogical goals for students at this ability level. This piece reminded me of the many adventures I have had while hiking and fishing where I have had to step across rocks in order to cross a river or stream. Some of these trips may have ended with me falling in the water, but all of the trips were fun and memorable!