Posted on May 19, 2019


University of Minnesota Ph. D 5/2005 Studied with Dominick Argento, Judith Zaimont, and Alex Lubet; Participant in masterclasses with Chen Yi and Philippe Manoury; Participant in Minnesota Orchestra Perfect Pitch Readings with mentorship of Aaron Jay Kernis

Darmstadt International Course for New Music 7/2002 Private sessions with Toshio Hosokawa, Tristan Murail, Johannes Kalitzke, Bernhard Lang, Robert H. P. Platz, Isabel Mundry, and Jennifer Walshe

Karlsruhe Musikhochschule, Germany 3-6/2002 Studied with Wolfgang Rihm and Sandeep Bhagwati

Cambridge University, England B.A. 1996, M.A. 2002 Studied with Dr. Daniel Chua; Private sessions with Alexander Goehr, Robin Holloway, Julian Philips; Theory/History professors included Alexander Goehr, Robin Holloway, and Hugh Wood

Butler University B.M. 1994 Studied with Dr. Michael Schelle

University of Indianapolis transferred 1992

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of Music Theory, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, South Carolina, Fall 2013-present

Teach Musicianship I-IV comprehensive 4-semester music theory and aural skills cycle; History of Rock Music; Composition Lessons; Advanced Music Theory Lessons; Music and Text Vocal Music Seminar and Composition.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, Fall 2010-Spring 2011

Classes included Music Theory 111 and 112, Form and Analysis, Band Arranging, 20th Century Counterpoint (graduate-level), and Composition Lessons (undergraduate and graduate)

Adjunct Professor of Music, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, Fall 2009-May 2010

Classes included Ear Training 1-3, and Music Appreciation half of Fine Arts class.

Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition, The Master’s College, Santa Clarita, California, Fall 2006-Spring 2009

Classes included Music Theory I & II, Music Theory III & IV, Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, 20th-Century Analysis, Arranging, Orchestration, Introduction to Composition, Composition Lessons, Songwriting, Composition Practicum, and Music Theory portion of Senior Seminar (Senior comprehensive review)

Invited Guest-Lecturer in Music Theory, University of Indianapolis, Spring 2004

Guest lectured in 20th-Century analysis

Orchestration Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota1999-2000, 2000-2001

Sight-Singing Examiner and Tutor, Music Theory Tutor, University of Minnesota Fall Quarter 1998 and Spring Semester 2000

Set Theory Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota Spring Quarter 1999

20th Century Analysis Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota Winter Quarter 1999


University of Minnesota Dissertation Fellowship, 2001-2002, Symphony in 5 movements for large orchestra, 85’

Heikki Sarmanto Scholarship (University of Minnesota), 2000-2001 [Single U. of M. composition scholarship awarded annually]

University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship, 1997-1998 [University-wide fellowship including full tuition and stipend]

Davies Jackson Scholarship, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, 1994-1996 [(Then) Bi-annual scholarship awarded to one U.S. student in any academic discipline including full tuition, annual stipend, and moving expenses]

Theodore Presser Scholarship (Butler University), 1993-1994 [Merit-based single composition scholarship awarded annually]

One-half tuition music award, Butler University, 1992-1993, 1993-1994 [Merit-based tuition scholarship]

University of Indianapolis Music School Award, 1991-1992 [Merit-based tuition scholarship]