Areas of Expertise
Research/ Production: Jazz Combo
Teaching Areas: Jazz Improvisation
Education & Training
- M.M., Manhattan School of Music
- B.A., Roanoke College
What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process?
When the sound system works.
What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?
The residual character development that almost always comes from watching someone dedicate themselves to something they believe in.
What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?
Name a play, film, or recording that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. Share why you made this selection.
Everyone should own Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country Music. It's the best American songs sung by the most soulful American singer.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Executive Director of the Jefferson Center
- Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Roanoke City Public School system
Honors & Awards
- Won VH1 Save the Music grant for 18 elementary schools, bringing $200,000 worth of instruments into the hands of children.