EDUCATION

DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS in Composition-Theory, 2012 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Urbana, Illinois

A. Mus. D. Thesis:  Generating Resonance and Illusions of
Polyphony Using Methods of Heterophonic Diffusion

MASTER OF MUSIC in Film Scoring and Multimedia, 2015
New York University. New York, New York

BACHELOR OF MUSIC in Composition, 2002
Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Oberlin, Ohio

MASTER OF ARTS in Composition, 2006
Eastman School of Music. Rochester, New York

 M.A. Thesis: The Path to Resonance: Heterophonic Diffusion
in Boulez’s Memoriale and  Ligeti’s Requiem 


HONORS and AWARDS

  • Graduate Fellowship, Department of Music, UIUC (2007-08)
  • Howard Hanson Prize, Eastman School of Music (2004)
  • Paul Sacher Award, Eastman School of Music (2003-06)
  • Oberlin Honors Recital, Oberlin Conservatory of Music (2002)
  • Participant, Midwest Composers Symposium (2000, 01)
  • Dean’s Talent Award, Oberlin Conservatory (1997-2002)
  • First Prize, Oberlin Composition Award (1997)
  • First Prize, NGSCA Herbert Zipper Award (1997)
  • Chamber Music America Commission (2017)
  • ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize (2016)
  • Alan Menken Scholar, New York University (2014-15)
  • Honorable Mention, American Composers Forum’s
    National Composition Contest (2015)
  • Society of Composers and Lyricists Mentee (2014)
  • Honorable Mention, Minnesota Orchestra
    Composer Institute (2011)
  • UIUC Orchestra Commission, University of Illinois (2010)

WORKSHOPS

  • BMI-NYU Television Workshop (2017)
  • BMI-NYU Advertising Workshop (2017)
  • ASCAP-NYU Film Scoring Workshop (2017)
  • Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop (2015)
  • SCL Mentorship Program NYC (2015)

LECTURES, RECITALS AND SYMPOSIA

  • "On Michael Jackson", Iowa State University (2016)
  • "Rebel Without a CauseAn Examination of Dissonance in the Time of Consonance", Music & the Moving Image, New York (2015)
  • “The Light Elusive” on my compositional style and my work, Mt. Holyoke College  (2012)
  • les étoiles secrètes, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, Northwestern University (2012)
  • “On the future of American Music” a look at current trends in the new music scene, University of Illinois (2011)
  • “The Path to Resonance” Creating resonance through heterophonic diffusion, University of Illinois (2011)
  • “Gradus ad Urbanensis” on my compositional style and eating filumena lionheart, University of Illinois (2009)

RESIDENCIES

  • Composer-in-Residence, Artifact Dance Project. Tuscon,AZ (2009—2010)
  • Artist in Residence, The Banff Centre. Banff, AB (2003)
  • Roundtable Composer, International Contemporary Ensemble. Chicago,IL and NewYork,NY (2001-03)

PRINCIPAL TEACHERS

  • Lewis Nielson (1999-2002)
  • John Luther Adams (1998-99)
  • Randolph Coleman (1997-98)
  • Roland Martin (1996-97)
  • Livingston Gearhart (1993-96) 
  • Mark Suozzo (2013-2015)
  • Zack Browning (2007-09)
  • Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (2003-05)
  • David Liptak (2002-03)
  • Richard Hoffman (2002)

MASTERCLASSES, ET CETERA

  • Bernard Rands, Martin Bresnick (2003)
  • John Adams, Richard Hoffmann (2002)
  • Ingram Marshall, David Rakowski (2001)
  • James Tenney, Kevin Volans (2000)
  • Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland (1999)
  • Brian Ferneyhough, Tan Dun (1998)
  • David Felder, Warren Benson (1997)
  • Mac Quayle, Mark Snow (2017)
  • Meredith Monk, Toby Twining (2010)
  • Steven Stucky (2009)
  • David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann (2008)
  • Charles Wuorinen (2005)
  • Krzysztof Penderecki, James Dillon (2004)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

ADJUNCT LECTURER
Hofstra University — Hempstead, NY
August 2016 — January 2017

  • Prepared curricula and taught courses to advance students understanding of sound design creation for broadcast media, theater and film using industry standards, DAWs and recording techniques. 

PRIVATE COMPOSITION INSTRUCTOR - UIUC
September 2009 - June 2012

  • Guided students in private lessons through the process of composing their music.

AURAL SKILLS IV INSTRUCTOR -
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

January 2010 - May 2011

  • Designed course materials, including syllabus, exams and instructional methods.
  • Taught classroom lectures on sight-singing, dictation and other ear-training skills.
  • Evaluated students one-on-one on their progress throughout the semester.

THEORY IV INSTRUCTOR (Graduate Teaching Assistant)                 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

August - December 2009

  • Taught and assisted large sized classroom lectures as well as review and listening sessions.
  • Designed course materials, including review materials, handouts and exams.
  • Evaluated students on their progress throughout the semester.

THEORY & AURAL SKILLS III INSTRUCTOR
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
August - December 2010

  • Contributed to course materials, including exams and instructional methods.
  • Taught classroom lectures on sight-singing, dictation and other ear-training skills.
  • Led discussions on form, analysis and harmony. 

COMPUTER MUSIC INSTRUCTOR & TEACHING ASSISTANT -     
Eastman School of Music

  • Taught lectures and demonstrations on electronic and computer music production and software along with demonstrations of recording and engineering techniques.
  • Maintained lab computers and audio equipment.
  • Organized and recorded samples for the Eastman Computer Music Center database including instrumental and vocals.

PRODUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL    
EXPERIENCE

CONDUCTING and PERFORMING        
EXPERIENCE

  • Concert Series Director, The Sound Exchange Project with National Taiwan Normal University (2011), Huddersfield University (2010)
  • Concert Producer, Composition Department Concerts, Urbana, IL, 2007-present
  • Freelance Music Engraver, Videographer and Graphic Designer, 2002 - present
  • Preliminary Judge, 14th and 15th Annual Salvatore Martirano Awards, 2010-11
  • Music Curator, Here-Here Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2003 - 06
  • Concert Producer, Ossia New Music, Rochester, NY, 2003 - 04
  • Board of Directors, Audio Engineer, Classical/Freeform DJ, WOBC-FM, 1997 - 2002
  • Concert Producer, New Student Works, Oberlin, OH, 1998 - 2002 
  • Founder, Music Director, Conductor and Performer for The Sons of Berio, Ensemble Rocket:X, 1998 - present
  • Freelance Performer: Piano, Violoncello, Contrabass, Percussion, Accordion and Theremin, 2001 - present
  • Guest conductor, UIUC New Music Ensemble, 2009
  • Stage Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and Set Design for The Toilet and Beckett, 2000, 2004
  • Guest conductor, Cellist and Board Member, Ossia New Music, 2003 - 2004 

 

 


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

PUBLICATIONS

  • Society of Composers and Lyricists, 2014—present
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 2007—present
  • American Composers Forum, 2005—present 
  • A Collection of Miniatures for Solo Violin, Myne Press, 2006