“Mr. Ames moves between projects like a master chef with an assortment of pans bubbling on the stove.”

- Mark Segal in The East Hampton Star



Major Concert Works

Works for chorus and orchestra, 40 or more minutes in length.  Oratorios, cantatas, Requiems.


Shorter Works for Chorus & Instruments

6 – 12 minute works for chorus and various instruments, suitable for high school, college, and community choral ensembles.

Opera & Music Theatre Works

Works for the operatic or theatrical stage: full-length & one act, many suitable for either.


Works for Young Voices

One Act or full-length music-theater works, often written collaboratively with adolescents.


Song Cycles

Story Sequence songs – set to the poetry of James Agee, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and our own American folk song heritage.


Choral Octavos

Shorter works for chorus, a cappella, with piano, or with optional instruments. 


Critical Acclaim

“Ames' score is an eclectic mix of heady atavistic rhythms, jaunty counterpoint, and meaty ballads with an intriguing melodic tension that validates the characters' turmoil.”

~New York Newsday