The song cycle "Off the Beaten Path" for Medium Voice, Viola and Percussion was composed in 2015 at the suggestion of the dedicatee, violist Steven Wedell. There are five songs and four instrumental movements: 1. Prelude (Va, Perc, 0'47); 2. Psalm 61[Peterson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 2'09); 3. Solo (Va, 1'43); 4. The Road Not Taken [Frost] (Vce, Va, 3'27); 5. Solo (Perc, 1'23); 6. When Bells Stop Ringing [Dickinson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 1'08); 7. The Clock Strikes One [Dickinson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 1'19); 8. Duo (Va, Perc, 1'43); 9. Psalm 100 [Peterson] (Vce, Va, Perc, 1'30).
The voice range is an octave and a fifth from A3 to E5.
Light percussion is required: Castanets, Cowbell, 2 Inverted flower pots as church bells, Glockenspiel, Rain stick, Ratchet, Tambourine, Temple blocks, Triangle, Pedal hi-hat, Snare drum (sticks and brushes), Small (high) and large (low) wood blocks.