I strive to live fully and passionately, immersed in creative expression. One form of this creativity is composing music. I write in a modern classical style with jazz influences. I want to spread the joy of music through both my performing and writing.
I earned my degree in composition with primary study on tuba at the Eastman School of Music. Two years after graduating, I was commissioned by the University of Vermont to compose a work for full orchestra in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since moving to Washington, DC, I have performed with Washington Musica Viva, the Modern Brass Trio, Great Noise Ensemble, the Landon Symphonette, and the Monumental Brass Quintet, amongst others, and have composed original works for the first three groups. I've also performed with the Go-Go Symphony and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in a concert featuring the music of Quincy Jones.
For several years, I taught music theory and tuba at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Currently, I’m the tuba player in the Symphony of the Potomac, and one of the resident composers and performers in the Great Noise Ensemble, which specializes in contemporary classical music. I recently composed new trios for clarinet, cello, and piano, and alto sax, tuba, and piano, both commissioned by Washington Musica Viva. This past year, I was commissioned to compose a new work for full orchestra by the Symphony of the Potomac, which was completed and is scheduled to be performed in June, 2021. And I’ve been awarded several Individual Fellowship Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.