I am an award winning composer, educator and performer located in the Orlando, FL area. I have been named the runner up winner in the Christian Worldview Film Festival scoring competition, and was also was awarded 4th place in the 2019 Indie Gathering film scoring competition.
I currently run my own music studio in Longwood, FL, where I teach lessons to all ages, on a variety of instruments, focusing on performance, technique, music theory and ear training. As a teacher, my hope is to bring a love of learning and a balanced musical education to the lives of students, inspiring them to become passionate for music in a new way. I am the Music Director for Ascension Lutheran Church, playing the organ and conducting the choir. I play piano and organ at Rollins College, as well as weddings, parties, special events, and improv shows at SAK Comedy Lab. I love to accompany choirs and soloists, compose and arrange music for various ensembles, and produce authentic MIDI mockups using orchestral samples. In 2021, I taught Keyboard Harmony, a class for music majors at Rollins College. From 2018 to 2020, I taught Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Choir, Praise Band, Pep Band, Rock Band and Choir Club at The Master’s Academy in Oviedo, FL. The Choir Club was selected to perform at Disney’s Candlelight Concert.
In 2017, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College with a Music major and an International Business minor. My achievements include completing Honors in the Major Field, being named Outstanding Senior Scholar in the Expressive Arts Division, and winning many other awards and scholarships including the Ralph Lyman Baldwin award and the Presser scholarship. Although my concentration was in piano and composition, I also spent multiple semesters studying orchestration, MIDI sequencing, recording, conducting, piano pedagogy, organ and jazz.
My lifelong love of music began as at age 6 when I started playing drums in my hometown of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. I continued growing musically when I was young, playing drums and keyboards at church. My study of classical piano began when I was fifteen while attending Northwest Florida State College, where I performed in several recitals and competitions and earned my A.A. degree. I have been named winner or finalist in many competitions, such as the Wednesday Music Club Piano Competition and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition where I played Ravel’s Concerto in G, which I subsequently performed with the Rollins orchestra in 2016. In 2017, I competed in the WDAV’s Young Chamber Musicians Competition with the “Kepler Trio”, consisting of myself, Keenan Kushner, and Eric Rokni. I have participated in masterclasses led by artists Anne-Marie McDermott, Trio Solisti, as well as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. I have also composed many original works, as well as performed, conducted, and arranged music for events at Rollins such as the Presidential Inauguration, Christmas Vespers, and choral, chamber and orchestra concerts. My arrangement, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/ Carol of the Bells for orchestra and choir is regularly performed by the Bach Festival of Winter Park at their Christmas Concerts.
I am an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity at Rollins, having served as treasurer and vice president. One of the objects of the organization is to advance music in America, and I did this by frequently performing at retirement homes and hospitals. Back home in Santa Rosa Beach, I performed at the Music for Missions benefit concerts that raised funds to support an orphanage in Guatemala as well as other mission trips. My Christmas Piano Concert in 2017 raised money for the Manna Project, a food pantry at Ascension Lutheran.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife, traveling, playing baseball, softball, pickleball, football, frisbee, card games, board games, video games, watching movies and rooting for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
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