I firmly believe that young musicians are far more capable than we give them credit for and that, given the chance, they will always impress you. I also believe that music for young musicians should be of the same quality as the more advanced music--which is why I haven't written a lot of it. To put it plainly, on a certain level I'm afraid to because I know that I have hidden behind virtuosity and sound effects.
Radiance was my first attempt at introducing modern techniques to young musicians: mixed/asymmetrical meters, aleatory, and strident sonorities. Writing this was a learning experience for me, and having it performed was a real joy.
Radiance was first performed in 2011 by the Cabot Junior High South Symphonic Band, with John Prater conducting.