I have been playing music for almost my whole life. It started with band classes in 5th grade, but soon turned into playing and singing for rock bands, symphonic orchestras, churches, and choirs all over the greater south Seattle area. I studied music at Green River College but a majority of my knowledge came from several amazing private teachers in the Seattle area, extensive self study, and volunteering at choirs and schools.
This odd mix of knowledge has made me a decent jack-of-all-trades musician. In a single choir performance, for example, I sang, played drumset and glockenspiel, conducted, and had the choir sing an original composition.
While I do those things in performance, my main loves are actually teaching and composing. I've been teaching for over eleven years and am generally known as the person to refer students to when traditional lessons aren't working well as I adept my teaching style based on the student.
As a composer, I am heavily influenced by minimalist, and contemporary composers such as Arvo Part, Henryk Gorecki, and Ola Gjeilo, as well as renaissance music, chant, and the English composers of the 20th century Hoslt and Vaughn Williams. I primarily write for choir, but I've also some some soundtrack work.
Along with composing for choir, I have also been working on my choral conducting and directing skills. I am currently the assistant artistic director of the Market Street Singers, a community choir in here in Ballard, as well as volunteer with Ballard High School's choral program.