Anonymous Student Compliment or Complaint


for baritone or tenor and piano








As a professor at the University of Florida, I established an on-line feedback system where the students could send me anonymous compliments or complaints. For three semesters, it was barely used except for things like "write more legibly" or "use breath mints."

Then, in the Spring Semester of 2011, I received 111 anonymous compliments and complaints. Most of them were, in fact, not complaints or compliments at all, but absurdist poems written by my students. Wanting to use this as a libretto, I wrote and premiered this piece for my students at the University of Florida's Society of Composer's, Inc. concert It went on to win the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Competition.