Works List

I have been fortunate to work with some fantastic musicians in my life. Every work on this list was inspired in some way by the prospect of a great musician doing wonderful things. Recordings of some works are available on my Soundcloud page or my YouTube channel.

Stage Works

Bedtime Story (2013)
Libretto adapted by Wes Flinn
from a short story by Jeffrey Whitmore
(originally published in The World’s Shortest Stories, ed. Steve Moss
used by permission of Running Press, an imprint of The Perseus Books Group)
Man – Baritone
Woman – Mezzo-Soprano
Chorus (3 voices) – Soprano, Tenor, Bass
running time: c. 5 minutes

Large Ensemble
Scenes from A Canticle for Leibowitz (1992) – 2/2/2/2, 4/3/3/1, timp, 3 perc, hp, stgs
I. Fiat Homo
II. Fiat Lux
III. Fiat Voluntas Tua

Symphony no. 1 – Four Episodes from Shakespeare (1994) – picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, Eb cl, 3 Bb cl, bs cl, 2 bsn, 2 AS, TS, BS, 4 hn, 3 Bb tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 4 perc
I. The Capitol
II. The Balcony
III. Yorick
IV. The Dagger of the Mind

Concerto for Euphonium (1996) – 1/1/1/1, 1/0/0/0, perc, hp, pno, solo euph, string quartet, bs (pno reduction available)
I. Introduction and Tarantella
II. Adagio
III. Cadenzas-Battles

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (2002) – picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, EH, Eb cl, 3 Bb cl, bs cl, 2 bsn, 2 AS, TS, BS, 4 hn, 3 Bb cnt, 2 Bb tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 3 perc

Rational Exuberance (2004, rev. 2007) – 2/2/2/2, 4/2/2/1, timp, 2 perc, hp, stgs
(Recorded by the Czech Philharmonic – Robert Ian Winstin, conductor – Masterworks of the New Era, vol. 15, 2009)
(Honorable Mention, 2009 College Orchestra Directors’ Association Composition Competition)

Ghost Mountains (2009) – picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 3 Bb cl, bs cl, 2 bsn, 2 AS, TS, BS, 4 hn, 3 Bb tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 3 perc

Celebration (2010) – string orchestra

Concerto Grosso (2010) – double string orchestra

Variations on a Greek Folk Tune (2010) – 2+picc/2+EH/2+bs cl/2, 4/3/3/1, timp, 4 perc, stgs

Plains and Pines (Paraphrase on the UMM Hymn by J. Ralph Williams – 2012) – picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 3 Bb cl, bs cl, bsn, 2 AS, TS, BS, 4 hn, 3 Bb tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 3 perc

Sinfonietta for Winds (Symphony no. 2) (2015) – picc, 2 fl, ob, Eb cl, 3 Bb cl, bs cl, bsn, 2 AS, TS, BS, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 3 perc

Concerto for Tuba-Euphonium Quartet with Strings and Percussion (2016) – 2 solo euph, 2 solo tuba, 2 perc, stgs

Tuba Concerto (2019; orchestration forthcoming)
(available from Cimarron Music Press, 15 Corrina Lane, Salem, CT 06420, 860-536-2185,

Chamber Ensemble/Solo
Three Pieces (1991) – solo euph
I. Fanfare
II. Lullaby
III. Tarantella

Three Color Pieces for Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble (1992, rev. 1994) – 3 euph, 3 tuba
I. Earth Tones
II. Cool Blue
III. White Hot

Suite (1992) – AS, pno

Similes – Five Miniatures (1993, rev. 2009) – fl, Bb cl, bsn or vc
I. Like An Overture
II. Like A Tango
III. Like A Circus
IV. Like A Song
V. Like It Or Not

Quintet for Brass No. 1 (1993) – 2 Bb tpt, hn, tbn, tuba

An Unperfect Actor (after Sonnet XXIII – 1994) – solo AS
for Jonathan Ahl

Sonata (1996) – Bb cl, pno

Cartoon Music (Quintet for Brass No. 2 – 1996) – 2 Bb tpt, hn, tbn, tuba
I. Titles/Pow! Bam! Whap!
II. L’amour d’elefant
III. A Game of Cat and Mouse
IV. Hoe-Down Gone Wrong/Closing Credits

Diversions (1996, rev. 2008) – euph, marimba
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivo

Sinfonietta for Brass and Percussion (1998) – 3 tpt, 2 hn, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 2 perc

For Alto Flute and Percussion (1999 – 2000, rev. 2007) – alto fl, perc

Wedding Music (Quintet for Brass No. 3, 2006) – 2 Bb tpt, hn, tbn, tuba
I. Bridal March
II. Meditation
III. Recessional
(available from Cimarron Music Press, 15 Corrina Lane, Salem, CT 06420, 860-536-2185,

Escapade (2008) – vln, vc

Euphemera (2009) – solo euph

Next Exit: Seven Roadside Attractions (2013) – Bb tpt, tbn, pno
I. Mystery Spot
II. Rock City
III. Corn Palace
IV. Cheshire Cheese Press
V. Darwin Twine Ball
VI. Pedro’s South of the Border
VII. Roswell

pARTita (2013) – solo vln
I. The Old Violin (after Hartnett)
II. Musical Angel with Violin (after da Forli)
III. The Merry Fiddler (after Hontorst)
IV. Violin Service (after Arman)
V. Two Views of Paganini (after Ingles and Delacroix)
VI. Composition in Low Angle of a Violinist (after Carracci)
for David C. Cole

Vegas Vespers (2013) – 3 tbn, 1 bs tbn

Small Movements for a Big Harp (2013) – hp
I. Prelude
II. Sarabande
III. Machine in the Ghost (moto perpetuo)
IV. Mean Tones
for Shana Norton, with gratitude

Great Speckled Variants (2013) – gtr
for my father, John K. Flinn

Minnesota Movements (2013) – 2 euph, 2 tuba
I. Prairie Prelude
II. Minnewaska Sunrise
III. Land of 10,000 Scherzos
IV. Last Tango in Bemidji
V. Minnesota Nice Polka

Four for Six (2013) – 2 tpt, hn, tbn, euph, tuba
I. Prelude
II. Trios
III. Aria
IV. Gigue

Quartet: Punctus contra Punctum (2014) – 2 vln, vla, vc
I. Palindrome
II. Passacaglia
III. Prelude and Pfugue

Fanfare and Metamorphoses for double trombone quartet or ensemble (2016) – 6 tbn, 2 bs tbn
for Andrew Glendening, with gratitude

Lost Music for twelve players (2017) – fl, 2 Bb cl, bs cl, AS, TS, BS, hn, Bb flugel (doubling Bb tpt), tbn, 2 perc
for Simon Tillier

it is all nonsense (2017) – AS, pno
for Preston and Ann

Truly God’s Chosen Instrument (2017) – BS, pno
for Kendall Ramsey

Variations on a Riff (For All the Saints) (2018) – SS, AS, TS, BS

Rhapsody (2018) – solo Bb cl with fl, timp, vibraphone, percussion (small cym, cym, SD), vln, vla, vc, cb
for Simon Tillier (and Gertrude)

In Memoriam CSG (2018) – Bb tpt, drum set

Woody Creek Breakdown (2018) – fl
for Tammy Evans Yonce
God’s mercy on you swine!

Tuba Concerto (2019) – tuba, pno
(available from Cimarron Music Press, 15 Corrina Lane, Salem, CT 06420, 860-536-2185,


The Urban Legends Series
Urban Legends (2014) – SS, AS, TS, BS
I. Elvis at the Burger King
II. Sasquatch
III. Five-Second Rule
IV. From Inside The House

Urban Legends II: Bloody Mary (2014) – accordion, vc
for Roberto Botello

Urban Legends III: Backward Masking (2014) – pno

Urban Legends IV: Sewer Alligator (2014) – 4 bs tbns
for Mike Dobranski, who had the idea

Urban Legends V: Helen (2015) – mezzo sop
for Lisa Neher

Urban Legends VI: Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky (2015) – vla, fixed media
for David Cole, always trying to walk on the moon

Urban Legends VII: Firecracker in the Bell (2015) – fl, bs tbn, vibes

Urban Legends VIII: Chupacabra (2016) – fl, SS, AS
for Alan Theisen

Urban Legends IX: Area 51 (2016) – fl, AS
for Misty and Al

Urban Legends X: Mothman (2017) – fl (w/glissando headjoint), tbn
for Tammy Evans Yonce and Art Haecker

Of All The Things We Mean To Do (text by A. A. Milne – 1993) – sop, pno
I. Halfway Down
II. Solitude
III. Politeness
IV. The Morning Walk
V. The Mirror

In Tempore Belli (2004) – sop, pno
I. The Unknown (Donald Rumsfeld, adapted by Hart Seely)
II. Land of the Discount Price, Home of the Brand Name (Harryette Mullen)
III. Ball’s Bluff – A Reverie (Herman Melville)

Shenandoah (2008) – sop, pno

Psalm 120 (2009) – sop, euph

River Songs (2009) – sop or mezzo, pno
I. My River (Emily Dickinson)
II. Crossing the River(Sylvia Plath)
III. To the River (Edgar Allen Poe)
IV. Crossing (J. Robert Oppenheimer)

Carter Songs (four songs on texts by the 39th President – 2012) – tenor, 3 cl, bs cl
I. On Using Words
II. A Committee of Scholars Describes the Future without Me
III. The County Boss Explains How It Is
IV. Battle Prayer

IN RE: Obergefell v. Hodges (text by Associate Justice Anthony P. Kennedy – 2015) – baritone, pno (optional SSATB chorus)

The Firebombing (text by James Dickey – FORTHCOMING) – fl, cl, vln, vc, perc, tenor, pno


Three Poems of Robert Frost (1992) – SSAATTBB
I. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
II. Acquainted with the Night
III. The Road Not Taken

Psalm 138 (1993) – 2/1/2/1, 1/2/2/1, timp, 3 perc, pno, org, SATB

Carol (text by Thomas Merton – 1997) – SSAATTBB

Introit: This Is The Day (1997) – Org, SATB

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing (1998) – 2 tpt, 2 tbn, timp, org, SATB, handbells

April (text by Thomas Merton – 2000) – Ob, SSAATTBB
Winner, 2000 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Contest

And I Saw A New Heaven (2005) – Org, SATB

Set Me As A Seal (2007) – Org, SATB

God Be In My Head (2009) – SATB

Five Lenten Psalm Settings (2010) – SAB

Requiem (2011) – 2 pno, org, perc, S solo, T solo, SATB,
also available for 2(+picc)/2/2/2, 4/3/3/1, timp, bells, chimes, perc, hp, S solo, T solo, SATB, stgs
I. Requiem and Kyrie
II. Absolve, Domine
III. Offertory
IV. Sanctus
V. Agnus Dei
VI. Lux Aeterna
VII. Libera Me
VIII. In Paradisum
(to the beloved memory of Darlene Flores DeVera)

The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross (2014) – SAB (with S and B solos), organ
(narration by Joshua L. Melvin)
I. Father, forgive them
II. I assure you
III. Dear woman
IV. Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani
V. I am thirsty
VI. Father, I entrust my spirit
VII. It is finished
(for the First Baptist Church of Mount Gilead, OH, Rev. Joshua L. Melvin, pastor)

An Irish Blessing (2016) – SATB

Nothing Stays The Same on the River (2017) – SATB
(text by Athena Kildegaard)

Beware the Ides of March (1993) – lead sheet

Where In This Chart Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994) – AS, TS, BS, 2 tpt, tbn, gtr, pno/keyboard, bs, drums, perc

Don’t Touch That Dial (1995) – AS, TS, BS, 2 tpt, tbn, gtr, pno/keyboard, bs, drums, perc

Gloriemusik (1996) – 3 soprano bugles, 2 mellophones, 2 baritone bugles, euphonium bugle, contrabass bugle, snare drum, quad tenor drums, bass drums, xylophone

Bridgework (1997) – 3 soprano bugles, 2 mellophones, 2 baritone bugles, euphonium bugle, contrabass bugle


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  2. Dear Wes Finn

    Googling my name (to keep from doing fruitful work), I learned you composed an opera based on my short-short story “Bedtime Story.” I wrote the story for a lark years ago and the damned thing has appeared in a bunch of languages and forms that include Spanish & Farsi, movies & ballet.

    I’d love to hear (and see, if possible) your operatic version. Is it on youtube by any chance? Several film versions are.

    The story even appeared in the L.A. Times obituary for Steve Forbes, the late publisher of the San Luis Obispo, CA, weekly paper in which it was first published. It’s also in “The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative,” Cambridge University Pressm and “Brevity: a flash fiction handbook,” Columbia University Press.

    All best,

    Jeff Whitmore

    P.S. I enjoyed your blog.

  3. Holy crap! I gotta log in more! I just now saw this comment!

    It was staged by the North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks). I wasn’t able to be at the performance, though I’m told it went well.

    I’ll see what I can find.

    What an honor. Thank you.


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