Arranger

I arrange for various ensembles including big-band and strings, but I’m best-known for my vocal arrangements. My charts are sung by vocal groups around the world from Arnprior to Zurich. My arrangements have been noted for their fresh, innovative sound, lush harmonies, and user-friendliness.

Existing Arrangements

My vocal arrangements span from Bach to Stevie Wonder, from two parts to ten. To see what arrangements I’ve written, it’s available as a  pdf, or as a sortable Excel spreadsheet. The list changes faster than I can update, so if there’s something you want, just ask.

Custom Arrangements

I can also write custom arrangements for existing professional ensembles or for “on-demand” projects such as albums, film and television, and jingles. As a professional vocalist and vocal coach, I understand what singers need for a full-sounding but easy-to-sing chart, and can write according to detailed specifications of time, genre, and voice type. Rates vary by project so contact me for an quote based on your needs.

Recording “Learning Tracks”

Along with fellow vocalist Suba Sankaran I can  make Learning Tracks for any charts you might  have. You send ’em, we sing ’em… with  separate mixes for each voice part.

Learning tracks are beneficial in many ways. For amateurs and professionals alike (even strong sight-readers), learning tracks can cut down rehearsal time by about 75%, and I now use them with all my professional groups. Not only is the learning process faster, but it’s much easier for singers to practice on their own, arriving fully-prepared for rehearsals.
Once you try them, you’ll never go back!

Composer

From a neo-classical choral opus to an unabashed rock song, I’ve probably written it. I’ve been very slowly writing songs for years, but am currently devoting more time to composing. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few songwriting awards, including the John Lennon International Songwriting Award (Best Jazz Song, 2005 Session 1) and a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (Best Pop/Rock Original, 2006). My compositions have been performed by some of Canada’s premiere ensembles, including Cadence, the Victoria Scholars, Xara Women’s Chorus, and the Canadian Chamber Choir. I’ve also co-written music for television and film libraries, including CTV and MTV Canada.

Listen

Fortunately, since I own my own studio, I can usually record my pieces as I write them. I have a couple of albums on the go. Don’t Fix What’s Broken is centred around my more contemporary writing. Alter Ego catches all the rest, from neoclassical choral works, to a South African-flavoured piece inspired by the inauguration of President Obama, to a satirical political-disco. To buy a song or album, or to learn more about the songs and read the lyrics, simply click on the album cover. Happy listening!