The Noteables

The Smith College Noteables were formed in 1982 and we wear navy blue! I was part of this a capella group for four years and was Pitch/Musical Director for two. Check out the Noteables YouTube channel and Facebook page!

Here is our cover of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel it Still” arranged by myself, Jordan Moody, Liz Curran-Groome, and Grace Hehir. Soloist is Jordan Moody.

*More videos coming soon!*


My other a cappella arrangements include:

“Peace of Mind” by Boston

“Somebody to Love” by Queen

“Grows Old” by Thirdstory

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes (Pentatonix version)

“Wait for It” from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, performed by Leslie Odom Jr.… Read the rest

Song of the Santa Ynez

This project was completed in May 2018. The visual element is rough early cut footage from The Santa Ynez River Wilderness directed by Michael Love. I composed a score for full orchestra after studying the footage and orchestrated it using Cubase.

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Chelsea’s Lullaby: for piano

This is a short piece written for Marisa Hopwood’s short film, The Vacant Flame. A somber snapshot into an ambiguous time and place, the film depicts a married couple struggling with their conflicting perspectives on each other and their marriage. Chelsea plays a lullaby on the piano for her husband, Mark, at a moment when his emotional perspective – what he hopes for their relationship – takes the stage. 

Excerpt from The Vacant Flame:


I’ve been thinking of writing a
song for you. Would you like to
hear it?

MARK does not answer just waits patiently for CHELSEA to

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Haiku: for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, and Vocal Percussion

This composition was completed in December 2017 and was performed by The Smith College Noteables.

*Performance video to come*


Program Note ~

I – Abscission

Tori Clayton

Noa Kaufhold

Annabel Utz

Charlie Bauer

Mackenzie Dreese

II – Crystallization

Cara Dietz

Maggie Painter

Liz Curran-Groome

Emily Prendergast

Jordan Moody

Phoebe Weissblum

Meg Kikkeri

Text by Tori Clayton:
Time grows old I feel it still.
Rivers and roads will run to you.
Creep upon the young nightingale.

Take my heart with you.

III – Metamorphosis

Tori Clayton

Meg Kikkeri

Olivia Dufour

Rowyn Davis

Mackenzie Dreese


A note about the piece ~

While writing this piece, I was reminded of both the trials and the enriching experiences of a year at school, especially how transformative each can be.

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Stage Five: for Soprano, Piano, and Bass Flute

This composition was completed in May 2016 and was performed by members of Wet Ink Ensemble Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels, and Erin Lesser.


Performance Notes

Program Notes~

I wrote this piece with the fifth stage of the sleep cycle in mind – the cycle where dreams become most active. I wanted to start off with a more relaxed state of deep sleep, so I incorporated the breathing technique of 4, 7, and 8 – inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds  – used to help one fall asleep into the time signature in the first section of my piece.Read the rest