Degree(s): PhD Music Education, University of Georgia, In Progress
MM Conducting, Winthrop University, 2015
BM Music Education, The Hartt School, 2007
Former Employment/Employer(s): Graduate conducting assistant at Winthrop University; Music Director at Charlotte Youth Repertory Theatre; Self-employed private lesson teacher; Trinity Episcopal School; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools
Current and/or Former Creative Projects: I'm currently teaching band and orchestra ensembles and private lessons at Moi Girls' High School in Eldoret, Kenya via Skype and yearly visits to the school. I'm also involved in including world music traditions in public school music education, playing bluegrass music and conducting musical theatre pit orchestras.
Advice for Current Students: Take advantage of every musical opportunity that comes your way whatever it might be. Be musically adventurous and say “yes" to new projects that might be a bit out of your comfort zone. Finally, realize how lucky you are to be studying and performing music on a daily basis!
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? All is well with my wife and I and of course our dog. North Carolina has been good to us, but of course we miss being in the North East and being able to get to NYC, but still get up at least once a year. We try to travel as much as time and money will allow and meet musicians wherever we go.