Flight 208

Date of Award


First Advisor

Laurence Wallach

Second Advisor

Karen Beaumont

Third Advisor

John Myers


Flight 208 is a thirty minute opera that I wrote and produced. It is about the flight of an airplane and the exploration of social tensions and power dynamics that occur when the plane encounters a storm and has a crash landing. The audience is involved as participating passengers who board ‘the plane’ and even sing at the end to create an impactful immersive experience. Part of what informed my writing was an interest in cultural (musical) rituals, music as narrative, and subversive drama. The piece is scored for two violins, cello, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, baritone saxophone, three parts for mixed percussion, tenor, and two alto singers. It was performed by Contemporaneous a NY-based ensemble, five actors, and three student singers. The written thesis covers my intentions and inspirations in making the piece, the overall planning and process, a musical analysis of techniques and material used, and finally a self-evaluation. Included is a video recording of the performance on DVD.


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