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MM, Univ. of Arkansas, Conducting, Opera Studies, Composition/Theory. BM, Univ. of Arkansas, Voice Performance, minor in Theory/Composition.
2006 -- endowed chair in Music, Lawrenceville School.
2013 -- performed with Seal for President Clinton at the Clinton Initiative gala in NYC.
2011-2014 -- appeared on Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, Ellen, Dancing With the Stars.
2009 -- orchestral arrangements appeared on BBC's 'Live From Abbey Road'.
I've been singing and banging and strumming on things since I was 3 years old. I have played and sung all over the world and the U.S., in Cathedrals, Symphony Halls, arenas, ampitheatres, bars, and back lawns, and studios, making just about every type of music I can think of. I've worked with Grammy winner Seal, I've played for Pres.Clinton, and the president of Angola. I got to perform on Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, and others. I've sung opera, heavy metal, jazz, bluegrass, lieder, electro-pop and others -- and I've played and written those styles too. I studied music at a high level simply because I couldn't justify studying anything else, because nothing else has mattered more to me. I've been teaching music for 20 years, both in and out of institutional parameters; and I've played in rock and roll bands for longer than that. I bring a well-grounded but open-minded approach to teaching at all levels and interests.
20+ years private studio teaching 6 years as church choirmaster. 4 years as Director of Music at Lawrenceville School, Princeton, NJ. Toured with Grammy winner Seal for 3 years - piano, bass, vocals
Fundamentals remain the same at every level of expertise, and every age: whether we're referring to low breath support in singing, high wrist position at the piano, or how to use both amp tweaking and finger technique together to minimize 'clicking' in the bass guitar sound. These and all fundamentals which make up the foundation of any instrumental expression of music (including the voice, and especially the voice) do not change. Beyond that, I meet every student where they are. Every student is in a different place and coming with a different dream. Therefore, the greatest teachers are always grounded in fundamentals whilst remaining open and present in every moment to the needs, desires, and insights of the student.
When I really take a deep look at what is happening when I teach, I realize that in the end the student is teaching him/herself. I'm merely responding to a musical moment -- with a set of ears that I trust, and that happen to be attached to my body -- in a way that makes sense to the vast musical experience I have. "How can this be more beautiful?" "How can this be more secure?" "How can I say a thing to the student that clicks in her/his mind, such that they figure out for themselves how to make this more beautiful/secure/free/awesome/spine-tingling. All teachers teach with their 'Vibe', whether they know it or not..
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