Professor of Music
On Faculty Since 2004
One of the things that I observed when first introduced to the music department at Covenant and that remains fundamentally true of our program is the camaraderie that permeates our work and relationships. The students, staff, and faculty genuinely love each other, and we seek to encourage and support the work to which each of us has been called. This stands in stark contrast to the cutthroat competition that characterizes much of the musical culture. While we acknowledge that we all have been given different abilities and have developed those abilities to differing degrees, this always has the ultimate purpose of celebrating the abilities of others and promoting better stewardship of our own. A degree of competition can be motivating, and we are keenly aware that faithfully responding to our callings as musicians may require demonstrations of our gifts; however, our default posture is oriented toward building others up for the greater goal of glorifying God together with the gifts He has given.
- B.A. Music, Calvin College
- M.M. Composition, Western Michigan University
- Mus.D. Composition, Northwestern University
Interests / Specialization
- Composition & Music Theory
Selected Professional Work
- Songs of Ascent (for soprano and Pierrot ensemble)
- A Better Resurrection (for mezzo-soprano, violoncello, and piano)
- Three Chorale Preludes (for organ)
- Alliances (for wind quintet)
- Enology (for violin, viola, and violoncello)
Get to know your professor
Q. If you could compete in an olympic sport, what would it be and why?
A. Bobsled, because I like the cold and I like to go fast.
Q. Favorite movie?
A. Sunset Boulevard
Q. Favorite local restaurant?
A. The Flying Squirrel
Q. Favorite food?
A. Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza
Q. What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?
A. Seeing my wife
Q. If you could teach any other major, what would it be?
Q. Personal Interests/Hobbies
A. Fishing, waterskiing