Category Archives: Biography

Back to gathering inspiration

I guess it should be a welcome theme. Finish a project, try to get started on the next. I’m finding myself listening to lots of Felix Mendelssohn, playing some of it, and loving it so much. And today I’m trying to get to know Charles Gounod’s music better. I had known a couple of his pieces before, but today I discover his Funeral march of a Marionette, and it really moves me.

His music that comes at me from the Amazon artist station is deeply emotional, and I suppose that is to a great extent what music is meant to do. It grabs at any sadness or grief that is deep in your heart, and lets you just feel it. I can hardly catch any of the French in his opera lyrics, but the melodies, harmonic progressions, and orchestrations are still moving me, and I think it is true, that if the singer or musicians are pulling from inside them when they play or sing the music, that it transcends the language barrier.

I think this is just as true for instrumental music. You have to make more translations for yourself when you work on interpretation, but it can definitely communicate your feelings, and it can help the people listening to process their own emotions.

I didn’t think much about this aspect of music when I decided to follow the music path at 15 years of age, but I don’t regret taking that road.

(For those who don’t know that story, I’ll share it briefly here. In Sweden, when you are in 9th grade, you get to choose a program for your last three years of school called Gymnasiet. I had gone to a school that had an auditioned music program for grades 4-9. I learned a lot about music then, but aside from that, I was also a pretty good student, and I aspired to reach greatness in science on a separate path, that might take me away from full dedication to music. I knew I had a good chance of success in getting into the school of my choice, so it was important that I tell the admissions which was my first choice and which was my second.

I made it a matter of prayer, and I consulted with my mom about it too. I have never regretted choosing music as my main field of study, and I have cherished the experiences I had at Södra Latins gymnasium as a music student, and everything that it subsequently led to, with regards to further study of music, and a life full of music creation.)

I’m toying with ideas for my next project, and all the listening will hopefully help inspire me to make a piece that will also grab at your heart when you hear it.

I’m back online!

Some of you know that I used to have a website with my music on it. I wasn’t very active updating it for some time, and then we had an unfortunate event where it was all deleted. I continued to write music in the meantime, and it is my intention to get as much of my music as possible up on this website.

I started as a singer, but even as a young child, I started making up my own songs. As soon as I learned how to notate music, I wrote them down (probably third grade or so). I was so excited when we got a computer in 1998, and I got to try out some music notation software. It was so much faster to write with the computer to help me.

As my senior project in high school (Södra Latins gymnasium in Stockholm, Sweden), I endeavored to write an opera. It was thrilling. I envisioned my classmates and other students as the stars of my opera, and wrote out the entire libretto, based on Erik Lönnroth’s Swedish interpretation of the Finnish epic Kalevala. I wrote a few scenes based on this, and had some of the music read by the school orchestra.

I went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 2002, and I found my tribe in music theory, composition, and improvisation. There were so many talented musicians around me, and I loved writing new things for them to play. Two of my highlights: a capstone project I authored, composed, and directed; The Exchange, and the Symphony Orchestra playing some original music I wrote.

In 2005, I decided I needed some insider orchestra experience. I picked up the clarinet, and played with a non-auditioned orchestra to get my feet wet. It was a lot of fun. I played for about a year, and then another adventure started – marriage and children.

The year was 2010. My eldest was about to turn 4, and we visited a music school. We decided to sign her up for Suzuki viola. As many of you may know, that means I got to learn to play as well! I LOVED playing the viola. Yes, it didn’t sound awesome in the beginning, and I know that my neighbors hated it, but I persisted anyways. I taught myself for about a decade, and took lessons from a few teachers, including Dr. Jeremy Starr, in 2020/2021. I still play, and I currently play with two community orchestras, the American Fork Symphony, and the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra.

I have written several pieces for trombones, trumpets, strings, voice and other settings since my time at BYU and the composition program.

I am currently open to working on new projects. Talk to me about what you’d like! Choral arrangements, new songs, chamber music, unusual combinations, orchestra, strings, wind, brass, percussion, scoring for film, music dramas, etc.