University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Doctor of Musical Arts – Choral Conducting, 2016
- Dissertation (Defended June 2016): The Economic, Aesthetic, and Nonprofit Organization of Professional Vocal Ensembles: Toward a Theory of the Performing Arts
- Major Research Areas: Contemporary Music Aesthetics and Choral Repertoire, Extended Vocal Techniques, Organizational Leadership, Early Music Theory and History
- Primary Mentors: Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Dr. Giselle Wyers, Dr. Stephen Rumph
Master of Music – Choral Conducting, 2011
- Research Interests: Arnold Schoenberg’s vocal music, the music of Steve Reich
- Primary Mentors: Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Dr. Giselle Wyers, Prof. Joyce Guyer
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Music Education, 2004
- University of Wisconsin teacher certification
- Major Instrument: Trombone
- Primary Mentors: Dr. William Richardson, Dr. Bruce Gladstone, Prof. David Becker
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Bowling Green, Kentucky (2017–present) Interim Associate Director of Choral Activities, Visiting Instructor
- MUS 100-001 – Music Theory I (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 100/101– Music Theory I/II: Aural Skills (Co-instructor)
- MUS 200/201 – Music Theory III/IV: Aural Skills (Co-instructor)
- MUS 340-001 – Women’s Chorus (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 340/540-500/501 – Choral Society and Honors Choral Society (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 414 – Choral Materials (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 415 – Choral Methods (Instructor of Record)
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Atlanta, Georgia (2016–2017) Instructor in Choral Music and Music Education
- MUS 1083/3083/7083 – Master Singers (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 4830 – Internship in Music Education II (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 4260 – Practicum in Music Education (Instructor of Record)
- MUS 7220 – Choral Conducting and Performance (Instructor of Record)
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Seattle, Washington (2008–2012) Assistant Conductor, Teaching Assistant in Choral Music
- MUSEN 351/551 – Chamber Singers (Assistant Conductor)
- MUSIC 553 – Advanced Choral Techniques (Teaching Assistant)
- MUSIC 350 – Undergraduate Choral Conducting (Teaching Assistant)
- MUSIC 583 – Graduate Choral Conducting (Teaching Assistant)
- MUSIC 482 – Choral Repertoire (Teaching Assistant)
- MUSEN 307/507 – Recital Choir (Conductor and Teaching Assistant)
WEST ALLIS CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
West Allis, Wisconsin (2005–2007), Director of Bands
- Symphonic Band (Instructor of Record)
- Concert Band (Instructor of Record)
- Beginning Band (Instructor of Record)
- Marching and Athletic Bands (Extracurricular Supervisor)
- Jazz Ensemble (Extracurricular Supervisor)
- Music in Special Education (Instructor of Record)
Other Selected Teaching
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (2017), SingOut VI Guest Clinician
Various High Schools, Kentucky (2017–2018) Guest Clinician
Various Middle and High Schools, Atlanta, GA (2015–2017) Guest Clinician
Ruislip High School, London, UK (2013), Cover Supervisor and Music Technician
Wenatchee School District Solo and Ensemble, Wenatchee, WA (2010), Adjudicator
Kent School District Solo and Ensemble, Kent, WA (2010), Adjudicator
Bellarmine High School Solo and Ensemble, Tacoma, WA (2010), Adjudicator
Midsummer Musical Retreat, Walla Walla, WA (2009) Vocal Faculty
Madison West High School, Madison, WI (2004) Student Teacher
Spring Harbor Middle School, Madison, WI (2004) Student Teacher
Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton, IL (2000–2003) Marching Band Staff Member, Staff Arranger, and Drum Major Coach
CONDUCTING AND LEADERSHIP
Atlanta, Georgia (2017–present), Founder, Artistic Director and Vocalist
Fifth Hammer is a chamber ensemble specializing in the performance of contemporary vocal music. Its inaugural performance was given during Lent 2017 and presented three of Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Good Friday responsories, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 4, Christ Lag in Todesbanden, and David Lang’s the little match girl passion.
Atlanta, Georgia (2015–2017), Associate Conductor
CORO was comprised of two choirs: a semi-professional chamber choir and a chorus of talented high school-aged vocalists. As associate conductor, I shared in repertoire planning and preparation for both ensembles, and I facilitated and conducted joint performances. I rehearsed both the high school chorale and semi-professional chorus, offered vocal coaching and general choral instruction, and provided performing editions of early music.
THE RIOT ENSEMBLE
London, United Kingdom (2014), Guest Conductor
The Riot Ensemble is a chamber ensemble that specializes in contemporary music and is comprised of professional musicians from across London, UK. I worked with the group as guest conductor at various venues in London and at St. John’s College, Cambridge. I coached unconducted works, and I led recording sessions for the group’s first record, which was released on the Coviello Classics label in 2015. With the exception of Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations, all of the works I coached and conducted were world premieres by composers from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
VESPERTINE OPERA THEATER
Seattle, Washington (2012–2014), Music Director and Conductor
The Vespertine Opera was an independent, professional chamber opera company with whom I worked in a variety of capacities: first as a vocalist in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), then as music director for a piano-based production of the monodrama La Voix Humaine (Poulenc), and finally as music director and conductor of the chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia (Britten). In the latter two productions I coached all singers and prepared all instrumentalists. I conducted performances of the Britten. In all performances I worked closely with the company’s artistic director to develop musical interpretations in keeping with each production’s artistic vision.
LACOCK EARLY MUSIC COURSES
London, United Kingdom (2013), Guest Workshop Leader
The Lacock Early Music Courses have for many years offered participants the opportunity to sing with world-class early music specialists such as Andrew Parrot, Robert Hollingworth, and others. I led a one-day workshop covering repertoire by Thomas Tallis, Christopher Tye, and Jean Mouton for a group of ten participants, all of whom were professional and semi-professional UK-based singers invited by the founding director of the Lacock Courses. During the first part of the workshop, we discussed vocal technique, established a common language and an ensemble sound, and sight-read the music. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to honing and shaping each piece while discussing their respective meanings and histories. The workshop culminated in a final performance.
THE BOX IS EMPTY
Seattle, Washington (2011–2014) Founder, Artistic Director, Conductor
The Box Is Empty was a nonprofit chamber ensemble dedicated to performing new and contemporary music. As artistic director and conductor, I was responsible for establishing a vision for the ensemble. I implemented this vision through programming, choice of repertoire and personnel, and educational outreach. I conducted The Box Is Empty in American and Pacific Northwest premieres of works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, Michel Van Der Aa, David Lang, and Steve Reich, and commissioned works as well. As The Box Is Empty’s founder, I was responsible for the ensemble’s administration, marketing, and public relations.
THE FISHER ENSEMBLE
Seattle, Washington (2008–2011) Music Director, Vocalist, Trombonist
The Fisher Ensemble is an experimental opera company dedicated to performing the works of composer Garrett Fisher. As music director, I planned and conducted all rehearsals and worked with the Stage Director to ensure appropriate musical and dramatic interaction. I collaborated with the Artistic Director and Dramaturge in developing productions and consulted on orchestration. I conducted, sang, and played trombone with the group, depending on what each production required. This work culminated in a tour of the Northeast, with performances in New York, Boston, and Maine.
BLAINE MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Seattle, Washington (2008–2012), Music Director
Blaine Memorial UMC has an active music program with adult and children’s choirs and a contemporary praise band. As music director, I was responsible for the spiritual and musical growth of participants in the Blaine Memorial music ministry. I trained the choir in good vocal technique and ensemble singing, selected appropriate repertoire for Sunday morning and special services, and I led various spiritual studies throughout the church year. I also worked with various other instrumental and vocal church ensembles of all ages to ensure a high level of musicianship and participation in services and rehearsals. I oversaw the church organist, and I worked closely with pastors and other worship leaders to plan services and maintain a vision for the music ministry.
Other Selected Performing Experience
Southern Kentucky Choral Society, Bowling Green, KY (2017–present), Guest Conductor
Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA (2015–2017), Staff Singer
Chamber Cartel, Atlanta, GA (2014–2017), Guest and Substitute Conductor
Bent Frequency, Atlanta, GA (2015), Guest Chorus Member
Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Omaha NE (2015), Featured Performer
Cantus Ensemble, London, UK (2013–2014), Vocalist and Deputy (Sub) Conductor
Angel Orchestra, London UK (2013), Deputy (Sub) conductor
South London Chamber Concerts, London, UK (2013), Guest Conductor
Linden Baroque Opera, London, UK (2013), Chorus Member
Fulham Camerata, London, UK (2012–2014), Vocalist
Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society, London, UK (2012–2014), Vocalist and Deputy (Sub) Conductor
Various Freelance Work, London, UK (2012–2014), Conductor and Vocalist
Solaris New Vocal Ensemble, Seattle, WA (October 2011–2012) Vocalist
Ruvidolce Brass Quintet, Madison, WI (2002–2005), Trombonist
RECORDINGS, PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLICATIONS
“(Un)Conducting Andriessen: The Politics of 1970s Minimalism in Rehearsal and Performance Today.” Forthcoming paper to be presented at the Oxford Conducting Institute Conducting Studies Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 21–23, 2018.
Review of Anaitalrax: Twenty-five virtuoso piano studies by Erik Lotichius, Ralph van Raat, piano, I Care if You Listen, March 9, 2018, https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2018/03/tribute-legacy-erik-lotichius-anaitalrax-solaire-records/.
“American (Post-) Minimalism from the 1990s to Today.” Guest Lecture at Georgia State University, Music History: 1750–present, Dr. Christa Bentley, lecturer, April 29, 2017.
The Cathedral of St. Philip, American Canticle, Gothic Records, 2017, compact disc. (Author of liner notes)
“Conductors as Gatekeepers: Audiences, Repertoire, and Cultural Economics.” Paper presented at the Oxford Conducting Institute Conducting Studies Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, June 24–26, 2016.
“English Choral Masterworks: Music in Milton, Shakespeare, and Auden.” Pre-performance lecture given at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, May 14, 2016.
The Riot Ensemble, Approaching Dutilleux, Coviello Classics COV 91503, 2015, compact disc. (Conductor)
Chamber Cartel, A Million Acres of Sky, independent release, 2015, compact disc. (Conductor)
Solaris Vocal Ensemble, Floodsongs, Albany Records TROY1468, 2014, compact disc. (Vocalist)
Steve Peters, Lingua Franca, Present Sound Recordings PS1302, 2013, compact disc. (Vocalist)
Review of John Tavener: Choral Ikons by The Choir, James Whitbourn, Conductor, The Choral Journal (June and July 2012), 72–73.
Review of Sechs Motetten nach Worten von Franz Kafka by RIAS Kammerchor, The Choral Journal (September 2010), 77–79.
Review of David Lang: the little match girl passion by Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier Conductor, The Choral Journal (April 2010), 90. (Co-author with Jean-Marie Kent)
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Omaha, NE (2015), Selected Performance
Lacock Early Music Courses, London, UK (2013–2014), Choral Scholar
New Dots Contemporary Music Group, London, UK (2013), Call for Scores Selection Panelist
Royal Northern College of Music Conducting Masterclasses, Manchester, UK (2013–2014), Selected Participant
American Choral Directors Association Northwest Masterclass, Seattle, WA (2010), Selected Participant
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2007–2009), Joan Conlon Scholarship Recipient
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1999–2003), Tuition Scholarship Recipient
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST