I have been involved in the Kansas City music world since I was 5 years old. As a native of Independence, Missouri, I grew up in a rich musical heritage that included choral, orchestral, and gospel genres.
As a student, I've studied at Brigham Young University, Central Missouri State University, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and have participated in a distance research program through The Florida State University. As a composer/arranger, I've written choral literature that spans from SATB to two-part youth choir settings. I have studied under and attended master-classes with Dr. Doug Helvering, Morton Lauridsen, and Stephen Paulus. In 2015, three of my 'Americana' arrangements will be published as a set of variations on American folk tunes by Santa Barbara Publishing Inc.
As a singer, I've performed with the BYU Singers, the Grammy nominated Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Vox Luminese Chamber Choir, and have recently recorded media projects with San Francisco based mens ensemble Chanticleer. I have been a chorister and soloist in the Highland Music Festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland, and have participated in concerts in Carnegie Hall, The National Cathedral, Christ-Church Abbey, and London's famed Southwark Cathedral. This year, I was selected to participate in the Tallis Scholar Summer Camp program, under directors Rebekah Gilmore and Peter Phillips.
As a conductor, I've worked with Mack Wilberg, Craig Jessop, Ron Staheli, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Peter Bagley, among others. I have directed the BYU-Idaho Jazz and Symphonic Bands, and am the assistant director the Center Place Singers. I am also the founder and artistic director of Knsas City based chamber ensemble Ancora Chorale. In addition to my conducting duties, I currently hold membership with Spire Symphonic and Chamber Choirs, Te Deum Chamber Choir, and the KC Men's Ensemble, with which I recently performed at the KCDA state convention at Grace Cathedral, in Topeka, Kansas. I am a current member of the American Choral Directors Association, ASCAP, and the Missouri Music Educators Association. I also operate a full voice and piano studio in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, and serve as a board Advisor for the Spire Choir organization.