Awards & Honors

  • Recipient of a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University for a new work for chorus and orchestra for the Cantata Singers, 2018.
  • Recipient of a commission from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress for a new work for the Afiara String Quartet, 2014.
  • Recipient of a commission from the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music for the composition of Love Wanders There for the Vox n Plux ensemble, 2013.
  • Recipient of a recording grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund, for recording The Coming of Age, 2012.
  • Recipient of a grant from the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, for recording The Coming of Age, 2012.
  • Named Artistic Director of the Morrison Artists Chamber Music Series in San Francisco, 2011.
  • Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence grant for recording The Coming of Age, 2011.
  • Composer in Residence, Festival of New American Music, Sacramento, California, November 2009.
  • Recipient of a MetLife Creative Connections Grant in support of Autumn 2009 tour of LE PIANISTE with pianist Marilyn Nonken.
  • Recipient of an Argosy Foundation Grant in support of the composition and recording of LE PIANISTE, a multimovement piano work for Marilyn Nonken based on works by the visionary Chilean painter Roberto Matta.
  • American Music Center CAP Grant to support premiere performances of Equinox, for clarinet and chamber orchestra by
  • the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, 2008.
  • Recipient of an American Composers Forum Subito Grant in support of the recording of The Way Things Go for flute and piano, 2008.
  • Recipient of a Ross McKee Foundation grant in support of the composition and performance of Le Pianiste (to be premiered in spring of 2009), 2008.
  • Recipient of a MetLife Creative Connections grant through Meet the Composer in support of the premiere performance of Insect Voices, 2007.
  • American Music Center CAP Grant to support premiere performances of Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments by Network for New Music, 2007.
  • Recipient of a recording grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University for New Millennium recording project, 2007.
  • Commissioning grant from the Pew Charitable Trust for Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments for Network for New Music in Philadelphia, 2006.
  • Recipient of a recording grant from the Argossy Foundation for New Millennium recording project, 2005.
  • Recipient of a faculty research grant for recording from San Francisco State Univ. 2005.
  • Recipient of the 2005 Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • 2004 Joint Aaron Copland House and Hoff-Bartelson Music School commission for A Machine for Interpreting Dreams.
  • Commissioning award from the Paul Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, 2002, for a new work for the Cygnus Ensemble of New York.
  • Mary Flagler Cary Trust commission for the composition of a new work for soprano and chamber ensemble for
  • the Guggenheim Works and Process serires, 2001.
  • Barlow Foundation commission for the composition of a percussion duo for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 1999.
  • Alice M. Ditson Fund grant to support post production of a compact disc recording of recent chamber music for the CRI label, 1998.
  • Composer in Residence, Festival of New American Music, Sacramento, 1997.
  • Commisioning Grant from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, 1997, for a new work for the Laurel Trio.
  • Commissioning grant from the Paul Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, 1995, for a new work for the New Millennium Ensemble.
  • Winner of the 1995 Boston Chamber Ensemble competition for VIOLUMINESCENCE, for violin and chamber orchestra, 1995.
  • Second Prize, Music Teachers National Association Annual Composers Competition for TWINNING, for violin and piano, 1994.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Recording Grant, 1994.
  • June in Buffalo Festival Participant, 1994.
  • Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Grant, 1994.
  • Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1993.
  • Wellesley Composers Conference Fellow, 1993.
  • Meet the Composer Grants, 1991 and 1984.
  • Jerome Foundation Commissioning Grant, 1990.
  • Edward MacDowell Colony Norlin/MacDowell Fellow, 1982
  • Margaret Jory Copying Assistance Grant from the American Music Center, 1982.
  • Prometheus Orchestra Composition Competition winner for Piano Concerto, 1982.
  • Roslyn Schneider Eisner Award for Creative Achievement, 1982.
  • Nicolo di Lorenzo Prize in Musical Composition, First Prize, 1981.
  • George Ladd Grand Prix de Paris for Musical Composition, 1978-1980
  • Alfred Hertz Memorial Fellowship, 1977.
  • University of California Regents' Fellowship, 1976.