Growing up, I was an extremely clumsy kid and did not excel in any sport, despite being built like a linebacker. I always found my home in music and started on the Saxaphone. At the end of each day, I would drag my saxophone case on to the bus and bonk practically every kid in the head while trying to get to my seat. Finally, the bus driver had enough and told me I could no longer bring my saxophone home on the bus. I will always be thankful to that school bus driver. Looking for a change of instrument, I signed up for chorus and have been singing ever since!
Growing up in Anne Arundel county Maryland, I sang in All-County Chorus, MD All-State Chorus, as well as numerous musical theater groups such as Children’s Theater of Annapolis, Talent Machine Company, Colonial Players, Pumpkin Theater, and Annapolis Summer Garden Theater. I attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, and before graduating high school joined the chorus of Annapolis Opera Company. After high school, I moved to New York and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Master of Music from Bard College Conservatory, and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Maryland College Park. I have studied and performed at the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute and Potomac Vocal Institute. I have been lucky to perform as a tenor soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera and even Theater Aachen in Germany!
I have been teaching for over 10 years and have worked with students from age 10 to 70! Previously, I have taught at Towson University and Northern Virginia Community College, where I was on faculty for seven years. My goal is to help students become better musicians, whether they want to perform as a soloist, as part of an ensemble, or be a well informed audience member who likes to attend performances and support other musicians! I enjoy figuring out each student’s learning style and tailoring our approach to make music learning both educational and fun.
When I am not in the studio or on the stage, I am probably hiking in the woods or in the kitchen trying to prepare a new recipe. My favorite color is orange and my favorite singer of any genre is Celine Dion.