"Against the Grain" is a 9 minute piece for a small wind ensemble and string trio. It was originally commissioned by Dinosaur Annex for the Young Composers Festival of 2009 and was performed by members of Dinosaur Annex and the Community Music Center of Boston wind ensemble. There are solos for alto saxophone and Bb clarinet. The piece received an Honorable Mention from the International Alliance of Women in Music New Music Search in the Judith Lang Zaimont category in 2010. The purchase of the score will include a full score and parts.