Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


School of Music

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Lias

Second Advisor

Mr. James Adams

Third Advisor

Dr. Scott LaGraff

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Paul Sandul


The central element of this thesis is Grey Areas, a newly-composed dramatic piece in four movements for baritone and chamber ensemble. The work is highly personal in both its subject matter and its musical execution; it also contains a unique movement order that changes depending on the age of the baritone. Along with the written portion of this document and full score, I completed a studio recording of the entire composition as part of the project. Composers (by necessity) are more frequently functioning as their own recording and mixing engineers for their own works. I have been able to gather a variety of skills related to the recording arts and sought out opportunities to employ them in this project. In order to meaningfully add to the greater body of research, I describe both the creative aspects of my compositional process and the technical aspects of the recording process.

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