Review

“Review” was one of three finalists in the 2010 National
Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition.

Performed 31 October 2011 at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore.

I Can Hardly Wait! (a very short comic opera)

Summer vacation is drawing to a close and little Cathy is excited to start kindergarten. Ms. Romano, her teacher, feels differently about her return to the classroom.

In Flight Until Mysterious Night (excerpt)

“Pulsing, jazz-inflected rhythms propel [this] work forward[.] … [Beck’s] juxtaposition of largely accessible and recognizable pitch and rhythmic material with the occasional sharp left makes for compelling and interesting listening.” – NewMusicBox: Sounds Heard

Sonata No. 3 for violin & piano

Composed in 2012 for Roger Zahab, this work was premiered by Mr. Zahab, violin, and Robert Frankenberry, piano, in Pittsburgh on January 27, 2014.

The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel – Act I, Sc. 2 (excerpt) – Quintet (“Yearning”)

Petty thieves Ed and John Biddle and their accomplice, Jenny, are on
the back streets of Pittsburgh. Ed dreams of a better life; later, we see
that Catherine (Kate) Soffel, the wife of a prison warden, also shares
similar dreams.

The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel – Act II, Sc. 2 (excerpt) – Aria

Catherine (Kate) Soffel, the wife of a prison warden, reaches a decision.

The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel – Act II, Sc. 2 (excerpt) – Duet (“Caught”)

Catherine (Kate) Soffel is accused by her mother, Margaret,
of going back to the prison after Kate had promised she
would not return there.

The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel – Act III, Sc. 1 (excerpt) – Trio (“Escape”)

“[S]uperb … more successful compositionally …
than many new works seen at major opera houses.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel – Act III, Sc. 2 (excerpt) – Finale

Following the death of the Biddle Boys, Catherine (Kate) Soffel,
stands on trial for her role in their escape.

Laughter in Jericho – a chamber opera in one act (excerpt)

“Laughter in Jericho” is a fictional account of the confrontation at Ruby Ridge in 1993. In this excerpt from the 1997 production in New York City, Ray’s wife has just been killed. Sung by Mark Peters, Ray comforts his daughter, revealing both his anger and his loss.