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DMA, University of South Carolina
MM, Colorado State University
BA, University of Southern Colorado
PublicationsThe Orchestra Scores of Eugene Ormandy – Creating the Philadelphia Sound, published in 2017 by Edwin Mellen Press. This is a comprehensive study of the orchestral markings of Eugene Ormandy. His numerous changes and re-orchestrations of scores are annotated in detail An Orchestra Conductors Handbook for Locating Repertoire, Published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2003. This is a comprehensive book for conductors about programming music for various types of instrumental ensembles.
I currently serve as an Associate Professor of Music at Florida Memorial University; Former Conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony (2002-2013) and the former Director of the Jubilate Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Kingsport Symphony and Music Director of the Kingsport Youth Symphony I have conducted orchestras throughout the United States and Eastern Europe including the Maikop Philharmonic and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Russia and the Constantia Orchestra in Romania. I have also conducted the Alhambra Orchestra of Miami, FL on several occasions.
I am a certified orchestra adjudicator for the Florida Orchestra Association and has adjudicated orchestra festivals throughout the state of Florida including serving as the conductor for the Broward All County Silver Honors Orchestra in 2018. I attended the Tanglewood Music Center where I studied conducting with such musical notables as Gustav Meier, Charles Dutoit, Leon Fleisher, Maurice Abravanel, and Seiji Ozawa. While studying at the Conductor’s Institute in 1993, I had master classes with Donald Portnoy, Samuel Jones, Larry Newland, and Paul Vermal. I also studied with David Effron and Yuri Bekker at the Miami Music festival
I am an active cellist and composer and has had works performed by the Colorado Symphony and in Romania. MY composition, “Theme and Variations for Orchestra” was performed by the South Florida Youth Orchestra in January of 2003, and “In Memoriam” was given its world primer at the University of Miami in 2007. A winner of the Walter Charles Conducting Fellowship, Colorado Arts and Humanities Grant and the Allied Arts, Inc. grant, I have also been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.” A member of the Gustav Mahler Society, American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductor’s Guild, I have published a book on the Orchestral Scores of Eugene Ormandy, called The Orchestra Scores of Eugene Ormandy – Creating the Philadelphia Sound - published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2017.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado; my Master’s degree in music from Colorado State University and my Doctorate in Orchestra conducting from the University of South Carolina. I am a native of Pueblo, CO and grew up playing cello, first in the Pueblo Youth Symphony and latter with the Pueblo Symphony, Mozart Chamber Orchestra and Pueblo Jazz Orchestra. I am an avid reader of history and Russian novels, I collect classical music CDs and scores.
I have been teaching music for the past 25 years. First in the Public Schools in Tennessee and Florida and at the college level. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the piano and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
I use the Belwin Mills and String Builder books, also Klengel Technical Studies as well as Harvey S Whistler Position Books. Selected repertoire as the student advances. For beginning adults I try to determine exactly what they are wanting to achieve by starting an instrument at this point in life. For the beginner I determine what kind of talent they have and how to proceed with lessons. Learning an instrument is hard - and practice time at home is essential and must be consistent to progress. If you make a commitment to study - please devote time at home.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. I encourage students to find a method that works for them and one they feel comfortable with, thus, they progress faster and enjoy lessons more.
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