Thank you for taking to the time to learn a little about me and my music. I am a neo-romantic, post-modern composer. The music that I write is always intended to communicate emotion in a very personal way and often it communicates extra-musical ideas. My music runs the gamut from silly fun to ecstatic joy to profoundly serious. I believe that a new piece of music ought to be unique and yet can be so while still employing some musical elements from the past. Please take the time to sample some of my work and I believe you will be rewarded!
My compositions have been performed throughout the United States by orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Hartford Symphony as well as concert bands of Michigan State University, California State University, Fullerton and the Alabama Materiel Army Band, Fort Sam's Own and Kent State University. My choral music has been performed on both sides of the continent; my chamber music has been performed in the U.S as well as in Europe. I have been honored to have many commissions from ensembles in the United States.
I studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz at Michigan State University (DMA), Oscar Bettison at Peabody Conservatory (MM) and Judah Adashi at Peabody Preparatory. As a student at the HighScore New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy, I worked with Paul Moravec and Christopher Theophanides. While a student at Peabody Conservatory I also received an MM in theory pedagogy.
Prior to discovering my passion for composition I was a professional conductor and hornist. I received my MM in orchestral conducting from New England Conservatory and my BM in horn performance from California State University, Fullerton.
In addition to composing I am a college professor. In Spring semester, 2017 I was the visiting assistant professor of music at Washington College, teaching music theory II & IV & Introduction to Music. I now teach at the College Of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD.
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My wonderful and amazing wife, Rachel and I live in the woods in Maryland which we share with countless fauna and flora.