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concert music

adventure awaits

as i grew older


carousel march

days of winter


elegy for string quartet

fanfare to an adventure

finger painting

moving string quartet no. 1

oceans heart fantasy for two flutes and orchestra

oceans heart fantasy for two flutes and piano

postcard from champ de mars


shenandoah, our home

sonatina for solo piano

teton range

the ant bully

the big catch

the birds

the chase

the crane

the river runs silver

the sea foam

the toy shoppe

time gone by

to the stars

turn the page



where we belong

Orchestra  | - - timp; 4 perc; hp; pno (cel) - str

ca. 6 minutes

The Toy Shoppe is more than just the title of this piece. It is an idea, a place, a memory in which children and adults are invited to a world of magic and love.

I can remember looking through the windows of toy stores in Chicago during Christmas time with my mother. Walking through the stores in awe and never wanting to leave. The joy it brought and the excitement it created shaped me as a child and how I grew up. But now as an adult, I feel a longing for toys, a distant memory I have when I look at old pictures or walk by those windows. Just as one grows through time, so does this piece. Starting off by walking into the Toy Shoppe, a child in wonder by all around him, gazing at every single toy, eager to play with all of them. Running around, laughing, playing, being a child. But as the piece evolves, the child becomes a man and is now walking through the Toy Shoppe, seeing all the toys he once played with and admired. As he exits, he reminisces on his past, but knows that his feelings and memories of toys, much like the Toy Shoppe, will always be open.

the toy shoppe

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