New projects in the works

New works in progress
I am thrilled to announce two new concert works in progress:

The first is a work for triple string quartet commissioned by Providence, R.I. based Community Music Works and The Kronos Quartet will be performed in November 2013 by the Kronos Quartet, the Providence String Quartet and a quartet of students from CMW.

The second work is a piano sextet for clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, pianist Sally Pinkas and the Apple Hill String Quartet.  This work  is co-commissioned by the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, ASU Gammage at Arizona State University and The Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College.  The premiere will take place in November 2013 at Dartmouth College followed by a second performance at ASU in early 2014.


The Son of Man West Coast Premieres begin today 5/5/13

In Peninsula Women’s Chorus’ third collaboration with Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, one hundred voices will join in the West Coast premiere of “The Son of Man” by Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom. The poetry of Khalil Gibran, best known for his work, The Prophet, comes alive in a dramatic oratorio by Syrian-born composer, Kareem Roustom. Join us for the West Coast premiere of Son of Man, presented by the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus in collaboration with the Peninsula Women’s Chorus. Immerse yourself in the mystical poetry of Gibran’s Jesus, the Son of Man in a thunderous setting for chorus, organ, orchestra, and percussion.

This concert series will feature excerpts from this Middle Eastern-infused, modern day oratorio set to the poetry of Kahlil Gibran, consisting of reflections on the ministry of Christ. Rounding out the program are reflections on the power of women with Libby Larsen’s “I Just Lightning.” Peninsula Women’s Chorus will also present a brand new commission from Frank Ferko, “Alma Submerged,” in this program with something for everyone!  Details here.

January 19th 2013 World Premiere of “Hanjale” for solo cello

January 19th 2013 – World premiere of “Hanjale” for solo cello by cellist Jason Calloway. January 19, 2013 at 8PM. Harold Golen Gallery. 2294 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood Art District, Miami FL, 33127.   Details here. This work is part of a series of solo and duet pieces I’m writing as musical reflections on the ongoing tragedy that is Syria.  Other works include “Letters Home” 2012 (Clarinet and viola or cello) and “A Muffled Scream” 2013 for solo clarinet.  All three scores including a solo Mandolin version of “Hanjale” are available here.

All proceeds from sheet music sales will be donated to Mercy Corps who are operating at Syrian refugee camps in the region.

‘Buhur’ by Roustom @ NY Public Library concert January 12th, 2013

Nearer to East – Chamber Music from the Arab World

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:30 p.m. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium

Avoiding exotic and orientalist clichés, this thoughtful program of contemporary classical music from the Arab world and beyond brings together a collection of passionate, eloquent, and bold works reflecting the past yet speaking in the idioms of the present.

Composers represented in this performance include: Karim Al-Zand,  Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-TurkMohammed FairouzZaid Jabri, and Kareem Roustom.


Christine Moore, soprano – Kathleen Tagg, piano

Laura Falzon, flute – Rupert Boyd, guitar –

Kevork Mourad, visual artist



Jen Berman, Viola

Hamilton Berry (guest) Cello

Jonathan Engle, Flute

Arthur Moeller, Violin

Ben Ringer, Clarinet


“Budrus” Wins the PUMA Creative Impact Award 2012!

Congratulations to director Julia Bacha and everyone at Just Vision on winning this major award for a documentary film that has “made the most significant positive social or environmental impact.”  Read more about the award here.  Also, congratulations to the makers of the excellent Gasland for their Jury Commendation.

My score to Budrus is available here.

Roustom signs publishing deal with ECS

I’m thrilled to announce the beginning of a publishing relationship with ECS publishing.  The first work to be published is “Hot Tea, Mint and Olives” (S.S.A. and piano) with poetry by Ibtisiam Barakaat.  My new home at ECS is here.  You can hear audio of “Hot Tea, Mint and Olives,” as performed by the Boston Children’s Chours, here.