I am a student of Octavio Más-Arocas at Ithaca College. In Ithaca, I have served as the Orchestra Director to Savoyards Ithaca for two seasons and has led them on their productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Rupert Holme’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I have also served as principal conductor for the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, Sinfonietta, and Gamer Symphony; as assistant conductor for Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras; and as guest conductor for Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Prior to moving to Ithaca, I founded and led the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra, the first community orchestra at Vanderbilt University, for four years. At Vanderbilt University, I had the opportunity to conduct the world premieres of Elliott Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson (Full Version) with the internationally-renown violinist Peter Sheppard-Skærved and Facebook Chronicles. These world premieres were sponsored by BMI and received great acclaim by the composer who attended the concert. In Nashville, I also served as production assistant to Jim Gray, one of the most prominent arrangers and orchestrators in Nashville. With Mr. Gray, I supervised recording sessions, prepared music, and engraved manuscripts.
I have collaborated with internationally-recognized soloists such as Jeremy Wilson (formerly, Vienna Philharmonic), Peter Sheppard-Skærved (Royal Academy of Music, London), and Malcolm Bilson, and he has studied with respected conductors such as Neil Varon, Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Donald Schleicher, and Octavio Más-Arocas.
As an advocate for contemporary and new music, I have worked with and premiered many works by professional and student composers including Elliott Schwartz, Chinary Ung, Marianne Ploger, Charles Rochester Young, Michael Rose, Sean William Calhoun, Emmanuel Berrido, Dallas Howard, Amy Thompson, and Elena Specht.
When I am not conducting or studying scores, I am cooking, orchestrating, hiking, canoeing, computer programming, reading, and writing.