I write music that mixes features of many genres, combining elements from pop, bluegrass, jazz, and ‘contemporary classical’ minimalism.
This variety reflects my musical training and experience. Trained as a violinist in both classical and jazz, I have played major halls in the US and Europe, debuting at age thirteen with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor. Other highlights include performances by invitation for a former President and First Lady, solos with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia, and Bloomington Symphony (MN), radio and TV broadcasts, a performance at the Kennedy Center for the opening of a James Wyeth exhibition, and performances alongside Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, and Paquito D'Rivera. I have composed for ensembles ranging from full symphony orchestras to construction machinery, and have debuted recent composition projects at National Sawdust and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
In addition to my musical background, my academic research and faith influence my writing. As a PhD candidate at NYU, I research the history of musical listening practices, which has shaped my interests in interactive composition projects. More recently, my turn towards writing sacred music reflected a decision to follow Jesus, after a set of experiences in meditation and surrounding events in early 2018 reshaped every area of my life, including my music.