Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Music Theory and Composition (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Ferdinando DeSena

Second Committee Member

Dennis Kam

Third Committee Member

Robert Gower

Fourth Committee Member

Alan Johnson


Concertos performable by upper-intermediate to advanced-level soloists and orchestras are numerous for most instruments. The organ is an exception, having limited repertoire available for organ and orchestra. The extensive listings of repertoire for youth concerto contests embody literature from varying periods and levels of difficulty. The organ, though accepted in numerous contests, has limited options regarding available repertoire. This organ concerto is written in a response to that void, and is composed to be of a comparable difficulty level to the keyboard concertos currently performed at youth concerto contests. The level may be identified as: “Advanced High School: Difficult; College: Moderately Difficult.” The orchestra size required is of modest size, reflecting the instrumentation of concertos already on the contest lists. The concerto is cast in the traditional three-movement format, however, Movement I segues directly into Movement II. The compositional style employs elements such as modal lines, synthetic scales and non-triadic harmony. Recurring melodic and rhythmic gestures unify the composition. The movements are: I-Intrada; II-Basso Ostinato; III-Flourishes and Fanfares. An electronically realized version of the orchestra part is included for rehearsal purposes.


strings; intermediate level; string; woodwind; winds; brass (379026 kB)