The mirage that exists most prominently in each of our lives is the one we place on ourselves. Our image is painted by the ideas of who others say we are and the person we think we have to be. Mirage represents that moment when the illusion of this invented persona is lifted and you finally see yourself and you’re so much more than you thought you were. Writing for a woodwind ensemble has its difficulties, but the best feature of this ensemble is that there are so many instrument colors. The goal was to put these colors to good use by creating choirs: clarinet, saxophone, and flute/double reed. Clarinets have a warm sound that blends well and plants a solid foundation. This allowed the melodic ideas in the oboes, flutes, and saxophones to really stand out without one instrument overpowering the other. The piece moves through simple progressions and melodies that layer and expand until it reaches the final point when everything is resolved and there is an element of satisfaction both musical and personally.