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3/26: Juventas Premieres The Emerald Necklace

Juventas New Music Ensemble will premiere Oliver’s newest work The Emerald Necklace on its March 26 program “Lungs of the City.” The concert celebrates Frederick Law Olmsted, widely considered the father of American Landscape Architecture. The Emerald Necklace was co-commissioned by Landscape Music, the American Wild Ensemble, Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts […]

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3/12: Kalliope premieres Bonne Année

Kalliope Reed Quintet will premiere Oliver’s Bonne Année on March 12. Commissioned by Kalliope, this effervescent work pays homage to New Year’s Even in Paris. Oliver writes: For centuries, Paris has been a beacon for artists and intellectuals from around the world, who travel to the city’s hallowed grounds to partake in its culture and […]

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2021 Cum Laude Award Winner!

The Cum Laude Music Awards named Oliver a 2021 Winner, recognizing In the Direction of Dreams in the category of Best Clarinet Trio. The prize includes a CD recording, performances in Spain and a broadcast on Spanish Radio Television. Oliver composed In the Direction of Dreams in 2018 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the […]

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2021 Cum Laude Finalist

Oliver is a Finalist for the 2021 Cum Laude Award, one of only two from the United States.  The recognition is for In the Direction of Dreams (clarinet, cello, piano), which is featured on his new album Watershed. Read more at

10/30: Assabet Valley Mastersingers perform ‘We Exist’

The Assebet Valley Mastersingers (Robert Eaton, Director) will perform We Exist (lyrics by Naseem Rakha) in Shrewsbury, MA. We Exist responds to the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, VA with a call for love and respect of people of all races, faiths, and genders. The program, entitled “Songs of Unity” also includes contemporary choral music by […]

9/11: Juventas “Is There a Word That Means Return?

Juventas New Music Ensemble will perform Oliver’s chamber work Is There a Word That Means Return in its September 11 season opener “Memory & Hope.” With powerful lyrics by author Meghan Guidry, Is There a Word That Means Return? speaks to holidays as moments of heightened awareness of the empty chairs at our tables, from […]

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