I am an American composer in a variety of styles. My works for band, orchestra and chorus have been performed in over 40 countries by ensembles such as theHolland Symphony Orchestra, Reading Pops, Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra, The Buddy Rich Band, Oklahoma School of Dance, Newburg Symphony, Coachella Valley Symphony, Symphonic Pops of Long Island, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Izmir Youth Orchestra, singers Ingrid Mapson and Seran Bilgi and countless other professional and educational ensembles.
Among my favorite works are interactive multimedia works such as WaTER Dance (for six dancers, six musicians, and interactive electronics), Movie Music (for any number of musicians, dancers, and live painters), and my ballet pieces Hope Dance, ABC Dance, and Les Jongleurs.
My music has won awards in the Anton Stadler Composition Competition, the Parade of American Music Composers Competition, and the 360 Jazz Initiative. I have received composition grants from the American Music Center, the University of Oklahoma School of Music, and the Robberson Fund.
I am currently Director of Jazz at Grove City College where I teach music theory and composition.
I studied composition with Leonardo Balada at Carnegie Mellon University and Marvin Lamb at the University of Oklahoma as well as jazz theory and arranging at the Mannes School of Music with Rich Shemaria and Phil Markowitz. I hold degrees in Composition (DMA, BFA), Music Theory (MM), and Educational Technology (MEd).