Reflective Surfaces

Performed by the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra

Duration – 8′

Written – 2021

for Orchestra


I am intrigued by reflective surfaces because we use them to make decisions, form judgments, and draw conclusions about ourselves. Mirrors can show us honest and unbiased images yet we still are destined to find ways to undermine our worth. Of course reflective surfaces are also beautiful and radiant visually, but only when contextualized with beautiful and radiant light. There’s a more poetic parallel to self worth that I could’ve explored but while I was writing I found myself simply inspired by some of my favorite reflective objects. Objects such as handheld mirrors, lightbulbs, wine glasses, windows, rings, ice, clock faces, and handbells.