About Me

Dedicated and experienced Performer and Instructor of Music, Theatre, Sound and Art. Thirty years of industry experience as a Performer, Composer, Sound-Designer and Audio Professional.​​

Private, Small-Group and Classroom Instruction:

Piano, Theory and Composition: Personalized lesson plans for private instruction geared to each individual student. Classical technique and repertoire taught, with a strong affinity for and inclusion of Jazz, Rock and Popular styles. Music theory, history and composition integrated into all lessons. Specialist in complex rhythm structures, extended techniques, free improvisation and experimental music for those students reaching more advanced levels.

Theatre and Sound Design Classes: I have developed and taught courses in theatre and sound-design for elementary, middle and high-school students since 2005. These technical classes learned to operate a complete theatrical sound system (mics, mixers, effects and computerized cue playback), design and edit cues, and put their skills to use running sound for a full-length show. Also, as part of each class, the students wrote and performed an original “radio play” with all sound effects performed by them, live, as Foley.

Art Classes: Developed and taught year-long courses in modern visual art for students in grades 4-6. Through both lectures and hand-on experimentation, students learned the processes and techniques used by some of the masters of 20thcentury art and created their own works in the styles of Duchamp, Rauschenberg, Calder, Goldsworthy, Picasso, Pollack and many others.

Theatre:
Music Direction and Sound-Design for the Theatre.  30+ years experience as a Musical Director and Sound Designer bringing a  distinctive design and musical style to each production. I am experienced as both a conductor and accompanist for musical theatre, as an arranger and composer for original work, and as a designer for the stage with particular skill in emphasizing detailed environmental sound and a unique use of the performance space. I frequently work with live electronics and digital processing of the on-stage action and provide sound for integrated film and video. A co-founder of San Diego’s Sledgehammer Theatre, I have designed for productions ranging from the avant-garde to musical theatre and the children’s stage.

Sound Engineer:
Professional audio engineering for live events, theatre, music, corporate events and broadcast. Specialist with deep experience in live sound for broadcast and video/web production, digital audio editing, mixing, and mastering in fast-paced environments.

Composer and Performer:
Keyboardist specializing in modern and contemporary repertoire, electronics, improvisation, and integrating music and experimental theatre. Graphic scores, text scores, extended techniques and live electronics. Grants awarded from local and national organizations including Jack Straw, and Composer to Composer.

Employment History:

Independent Artist and Instructor:                                                                         2005 – present

Microsoft: Program Manager and Producer; Redmond, WA                                    1997 – 2005

MSNBC: Audio Lead; Redmond, WA                                                                         1996 – 1997

BBI Engineering: Lead Audio Engineer; San Francisco, CA                                       1990 – 1996

McCune Audio: Audio Engineer; San Francisco, CA                                                  1985 – 1990

Education:
Master of Fine Arts: Music; Mills College, Oakland, CA                                                     1993
Bachelor of Arts: Music; University of California, San Diego                                             1985

Professional Affiliations:
MTSA – Music Teachers National Association
WSMTA – Washington State Music Teachers Association, Eastside Chapter

References and work samples available on request.