Assistant Professor of Music
On faculty since 2012
MM, Temple University, 2011
BM, Lee University, 2008
National Association of Teachers of Singing
College Music Society
Being given the opportunity to teach has been one of the most challenging periods of my career. The stage and performing music holds such a draw for me because it allows me to be a creator of and share some of the most beautiful music ever written. The conversation with an audience, whether through an operatic role or in a recital, is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Exhilarating in that as each moment arrives, it is gone; terrifying in that very personal, vulnerable feelings and thoughts are being put in front of hundreds of people. The conversation that I am a part of in the classroom is very similar, but it affords me one advantage: dialogue. I can get feedback on the impact music has on my students and the world around us on a daily basis. Introducing my students to Chopin, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Quilter, Poulenc, Marx, Schumann, Britten and Puccini (among others), and then seeing what they take away from their lives and works is always exciting. My favorite moments are when the conversation leads to issues of truth and wrestles with human nature. I think this is the reason why I gravitate towards the romantic/20th century composers. Puccini and the verismo movement, Verdi, along with the art songs of Poulenc, Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Thomson stand as some of my favorite compositions.
Travel (especially when performing) is my most favorite activity. I enjoy a well-made cup of coffee, cooking great food and getting a great deal on a musical score! My wife, Christa, and I love fall, and almost anything that involves apples, pumpkins and bon-fires. I am a self-admitted computer nerd and it always shocks people to know that I am an avid technology follower. When we’re able to get some free time, it’s usually spent playing with our dog, Toby, or eating...we really, really love food.