Current Project

A set of pieces for piano duet, to be premiered by the composer and Illinois Wesleyan University pianist Nancy Pounds.


“Quiet Poem” from Sandpails, a setting of the poetry of James McGowan, is programmed in the 2018-19 season of the ensemble AcquaTroupe, in collaboration with World Oceans Arts, a consortium that presents arts events throughout North America.

The premiere of Songs of Ourselves for two trombonists, two percussionists, pianist and baritone, Vayo’s first collaboration with Ohio Poet Laureate Amit Majmudar, will take place on October 27 at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. The work was composed for baritone James Martin, who will sing the premiere.

Recent News

Shades of Play was included in the early-March touring program of the Altered Sound Duo: March 6th, The Bakery (Atlanta, GA); March 9th, Valdosta State University (GA); March 11th, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; March 12th, Crosstown Arts (Memphis, Tennessee); March 13th, University of Memphis; March 18th, University of South Carolina.

On March 30 at the University of New Mexico, the national conference of the Society of Composers included a performance by the Boston-based ensemble Sound Icon of Vayo’s Chambers for viola, percussion, electronic keyboard, conductor and audience.

On January 11, the Altered Sound Duo premiered Shades of Play for soprano saxophone and percussion during the Navy Band Symposium at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Vayo performed  improvisations with shakuhachi virtuoso Shawn Head during Head’s concert at Illinois Wesleyan University on Feb. 8, 2019.

Vayo’s website was chosen for inclusion in the Library of Congress Commissioned Composers Web Archive, a research collection. (Vayo’s Signals was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundations in the Library of Congress.)

Vayo received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 composition competition of the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble based in London, England. The award was given for Vayo’s Sandpails, which sets poetry by James McGowan.

Soprano Kate Tombaugh sang “The Place I Love,” an aria from Fertile Ground, during her October 18 performance at the University of Southern Indiana, in Evansville.

Soprano Lisa Neher performed Tell Me What You Think Of Me: A Monodrama in Twenty-Six Letters, a humorous piece for singing actor, in two concerts presented by the Iowa Composers Forum: on October 6 at Cedar Rock House in Quasqueton, and on October 7 at Montauk Historic Site in Clermont.