5.24.2014 - Joel is accepted to the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, for which he will write a short new work for piano.
5.8.2014 - Lightscape is nominated (along with some other really amazing folks) for a 2013-2014 Austin Critics’ Table Award for best composition.
5.8.2014 - Aurora Borealis performed by the California State University Los Angeles Wind Ensemble as a part of the John Swain Memorial Prize for Wind Ensemble Composition.
5.1.2014 - Commissioned to compose a new work for the Kenari Quartet, an amazing quartet that met during their tenure at Indiana University.
1.29.2014 - Aurora Borealis named the winner of the 2014 John Swain Memorial Prize for Wind Ensemble Composition.
12.10.2013 - Named ‘Finalist’ for The Intimacy of Creativity’s (Hong Kong) 2014 Call for Scores.
10.27.2013 - Molly Glentzer (The Houston Chronicle) on Lightscape - "The music evocatively captures the emotion of 'The Color Inside.'"
10.17.2013 - Lightscape premieres in James Turrell's new Skyspace, The Color Inside. Four more performances follow: 10.18 - private performance inside the new Skyspace, The Color Inside; 10.19 3 performances at 2, 3, and 4 PM inside the Skyspace.
7.1.2013 - The third movement of String Quartet No. 1, Lux, named a winner of the 2013 PARMA Recordings Composer Competition. The piece will be published in the 2013 Anthology of Music along with the other 9 winners.
6.11.2013 - Landmarks at the University of Texas at Austin has commissioned a new work for string quartet that will premiere at the opening of the new James Turrell Skyspace, which is being constructed atop the new Student Activities Center (SAC).
5.17.2013 - Da Camera of Houston's Sonja Harasim and Whitney Bullock gave a performance of Synchronicity in Purple Minor at The Menil Collection.
5.1.2013 - Aurora Borealis, Joel's first work for wind ensemble, named a finalist in the 3rd International Frank Ticheli Composition Contest.
3.14.2013 - Capital Public Radio's Nick Brunner (Sacramento, CA) comments on the SXSW performance The Peace of the Wild Things: "Gorgeous piece of music, just wafting along into the ether."
3.7.2013 - Lamar University premieres A Cardinal's Hymn, a tribute to musician Wayne Dyess, who passed away on February 27. The concert will featured a performance of Aurora Borealis.
2.23.2013 - Joint doctoral recital with Andrew Sigler at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre. Premieres include a new song on text of Wendell Berry for Amelia Ciskey called "The Peace of Wild Things," a trio called Incantation and Dance, and the first full performance of my revised String Quartet No. 1.
2.16.2013 - Aurora Borealis performed in Weigel Hall at the Ohio State University at the 2013 SCI National Conference.
1.31.2013 - A new transcription of a chorale work I wrote 8 years ago, Musica Dei donum optimi, premieres under the baton of Ryan Stewart Kelly at UT Austin.