I completed my first original composition Into the Forest of a Dream on May 12, 2014. I wrote the piece for Sound Hive, a contemporary music ensemble that I helped create. The instrumentation is for septet comprising flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, and cello. The piece is inspired by a memorable dream about an enchanted forest. In the dream, I couldn’t go into the forest, but could only look at its dim underbrush from the outside. There was, however, a faint enchanted glow cast over its sloping hills, and odd, cartoonish clouds, which hung low under the tree branches. With this piece, I intended to evoke for the listener the same magical feeling that I had when viewing the forest in my dream. The work premiered in Austin, TX on June 13th, 2014.