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Anchor Chamber
2020 BLUE for Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Cello and Percussion, 15'

Commissioned by Access Contemporary Music. Premiere forthcoming (delayed by Covid)

2020 Welles Park for Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Cello and Percussion, 1'

Included on Lakeview Audio Tour on the App Gesso as part of ACM's Thirsty Ears Festival 2020.

2019 String Quartet No. 3, 25'

Commissioned by the American Music Project.  Premiere forthcoming (delayed by Covid).

2018 Trio: Seasons, for Flute, 'Cello and Piano 20'

Premiered by the Calumet Chamber Musicians.

2016 Songs and Dances, for 'Cello and Piano, 15'

Commissioned by and premiered at the 2016 Ear Taxi Festival by the Wurtz-Berger Duo.


2015 Childish Music, for Alto Saxophone and Piano, 12'

Commissioned by Amos Gillespie, premiered by Gillespie and Wurtz.

2014 Piano Quintet, String quartet and piano, 50'

Innaugural commission of the American Music Project.  Premiered by the Chicago Q Ensemble and Wurtz.

2010 La: Suite for Flute and Piano, 33'

Premiered by John Wachala, flute, and Wurtz.

2010 String Quartet No. 2, 24'

Premiered and recorded by the Chicago Q Ensemble.

2007 String Quartet No. 1, 26'

Premiered and recorded by the Chicago Q Ensemble.

2004 Ekhlas (pure), Clarinet in B flat, Piano, Percussion, 15'

Commissioned and premiered by Zeitgeist.

1999 Trio, for Flute, 'Cello and Piano, 12'

Premiered in Minneapolis, MN.

1997 Fugue for Clarinet in B flat, Violin, 'Cello, 5'

Premiered in Redlands, CA.

I. AllegroChicago Q Ensemble
00:00 / 02:29
IV. FugueChicago Q Ensemble
00:00 / 01:58
Childish MusicGillespie/Wurtz
00:00 / 14:50
Ekhlas Zeitgeist
00:00 / 15:20
I LongingWachala/Wurtz
00:00 / 07:49
Tranquillo (excerpt)
I. Dolcissimo - Moderato
III. Moderato - Allegro Moderato
Introduction: Andante appassioato
III. Song (Hurt)
Welles Park Palomar/ACM
00:00 / 01:13


Anchor Vocal Music
2020 Johnny Appleseed, SATB/Piano, 7'

Commissioned by Walter Payton Concert Choir.  Premiere delayed by Covid.

2017 Mi-mi, SSAATTBB, 5'

Recorded by Bella Voce.

2004, Message from the Soul, SATB, soloists, Narrator, Chamber Orchestra, 70'

Premiered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Text by Molana Shahmaghsoud Angha.

2003, Rosefreeze, Song Cycle for Alto and Piano, 12'

Text by Serena Johnson, Commissioned by the poet.

2001 Mariposa en arrullo, Song Cycle for Mezzo Soprano and piano, 25'

Awarded 1st place in the National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Competition.

2000 Five Songs after Rumi, Soprano and Woodwind Quintet, 20'

Poetry translated by Coleman Barks.

Mi-miBella Voce
00:00 / 05:31
I. Cuerpo de mujerThompson/Wurtz
00:00 / 04:48


Anchor Film/Theater
2019 Hall of Fishes, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, 'Cello, Piano, Percussion, 9'

Film by Jenifer Boles.  Commissioned by ACM and premiered at the Sound of Silent Film Festival

2011 The Mermaid, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, 'Cello, Piano, Percussion, 8'

Film by Osamu Tezuka.  Commissioned by ACM and premiered at the Sount of Silent Film Festival.

2003, The Wives of Henry VIII, keyboard, percussion, guitar, woodwinds, 70'

Incidental music for the production by 15Head: A Theater Lab.

2000, The Ritual, Piano and Organ, 12'

Film by Ning Li.  Score recorded by Wurtz.

1997 The Finn King's Daughter, Soloists, Narrator, Clarinet, 'Cello, 27'

Libretto by Amy Wurtz.


Anchor Orchestral
2021 Chicago Composers Orchestra 10x10 Commission

Collaboration with 10x10, Homeroom Chicago and visual artist Susan Giles. Premiere forthcoming.

2015 Our Lives Matter, String Orchestra, 11'

Commissioned and premiered by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra.

2013, Passage, 13'

Commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Composers Orchestra.



Anchor Solo
2021 Cycles, Piano, 75'

New work coming in 2021.

2020 I Can't Breathe, Piano, 6'

Written in memory of George Floyd and dedicated to all victims of racism. Premiered June 2020. 

2007, Meditation, piano, 15'

Dedicated to Nader Shah Maghsoud Angha.

2001, Nirvan, Piano, 25'

Commissioned and premiered by Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi.

1999 Suite for Violoncello Solo, 12'

Written in Redlands, CA.

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