A little about me

 

I am a Cincinnati native. I earned my BM in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the direction of Clare Callahan and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I have also studied with David Case at the University of Oregon (School of music), as well as, Jazz guitar with Mike Denny and Chris Sorenson and started my training at the Musical Arts Center in Cincinnati. 

During my time at CCM I performed in master classes from internationally acclaimed artists such Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Robert Belinic and Rupert Boyd and participated in classes given by Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Carlos Perez, Johannes Möller, Daniel Lippel and others. 

I am an active composer, whose compositions are primarily solo guitar works. I briefly studied composition with Terry McQuilken at the University of Oregon, Orchestration at CCM and took private lessons with Jennifer Jolley (Composition Professor at Ohio Wesleyan, President and Co-founder of N.A.N.O. Works Opera Company). A budding interest in this field has led to performances of my own works at CCM’s Something Different, Classical Revolution and a commission by The Ascend Project. 

I am honored to serve the community through my work with non-profits and other arts organizations. I am the current President of the Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society, as well as, a member and guitar adjudicator for the Ohio Music Educators Association. I am a dedicated pedagogue whose students have won both state and regional gold medals through the Royal Conservatory of Music. I currently teach at Indian Springs Academy of Music, The Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Leaves of Learning, Frederick Douglass Elementary, as well as, my Home Studio.