Teaching Experience

Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named after two of most influential men in US history, George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Director of Instrumental Activities – Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble (Founder)

Oversee, lead, and conduct Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble including all on- and off-campus recruitment, arrangements, and administration.

Direct rehearsals preparing students for 4 annual performances.

Serve as Musical Director of Annual Musical / Opera.

Teach: Conducting, Fundamentals of Music Theory, Music Theory I & II, Chamber Music, Applied Clarinet, and Introduction to Music.

Plan and organize Overseas Biennial Tour.

Achievements:

  • Transformed fledgling community orchestra into highly regarded 75-member orchestra comprised of both students and professional mentors playing side-by-side.
  • Founder of the University Wind Ensemble.
  • Drove adoption of lauded music education certification program including adding multiple new courses such as Conducting, Instrumental Techniques, Fundamentals of Music, intensive study of conductors and their influence “Maestro!,” and international course taught in Israel “The Musics of Israel.”
  • Invited as guest conductor for +40 international symphonies and orchestras throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Funding from Class of ’65 for “Excellence in Teaching” for development of Opera Workshop Program, and special funding for residencies of nationally acclaimed and world renowned musicians.
  • Recorded fivecritically acclaimedCDs sold throughout US and world.

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY (JMU), Harrisonburg, Virginia · 8/1987 – 6/1988

Comprehensive university part of statewide system with motto “Knowledge is Liberty.”

Director of Orchestral Activities – JMU Symphony Orchestra

Administered, directed, and recruited for JMU Symphony Orchestra.

Led three weekly rehearsals preparing students for multiple concert performances throughout academic year.

Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Chamber Music and Woodwind Techniques.

Achievements:

  • Infused orchestra with high-caliber talent, actively recruiting high-potential students via school visits and personal contacts with high school orchestra directors.
  • Championed 1st Annual James Madison University Honors Orchestra comprised of +100 advanced high school students from 4 states: Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.
  • Instrumental in launching university symphony’s 1st tour to New York City metro area (Spring Tour ’88), successfully raising funds through visited high school donations.

BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY (BSU), Bemidji, Minnesota · 8/1986 – 7/1987

State university attracting students from region, country, and around world.

Director of Orchestral Activities – Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (BSO)

Directed, managed, and recruited for Bemidji Symphony Orchestra; comprised of students and community members.

Prepared BSO for 3-4 regular on- and off-campus performances.

Formulated and executed strategic plans to generate local and regional publicity, support, and civic pride.

Achievements:

  • Grew orchestra’s budget by +400%, from $10K to $50K, driving intense fundraising and grant writing.
  • Established BSO as highly regarded program enriching cultural tapestry of city, founding and leading Orchestra Board of BSO (n.k.a. BSO Symphony Guild) including publicity and long-range strategic planning; BSO grew impressively at time, and is currently independent 501(c)3 nonprofit.
  • Spearheaded First Weekend for High School String Players galvanizing talents of statewide musicians.
  • Launched special orchestra programs including series of community concerts for youngsters, Kinder-Concert Series, and commissioning of Minneapolis composer Dr. Janika Vanderveide to write composition-honoring orchestra’s 50th anniversary “Journey to the End of the Shaking Lands.”
  • Commenced Guest Soloist Series featuring multiple resident artists such as Dr. Jack Winerock from University of Kansas.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

HERITAGE THEATER, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA · 9/1988-2014

Music Director and Pit Orchestra musician.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO, Greeley, Colorado · 8/1981-6/1983

Conductor of University Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band (Graduate & Undergraduate) & Doctoral Graduate Assistant in Conducting.

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE, Allentown, Pennsylvania · 8/1979-6/1981

Director of Orchestra & Wind Ensemble, and Assistant Professor of Music, Musical Director of Opera and Theater Productions (Muhlenberg Theater Association).

MOUNT SENARIO COLLEGE, Ladysmith, Wisconsin · 8/1976-6/1979

Director of Instrumental Ensembles & Instructor of Music

PUBLIC SCHOOL EXPERIENCE:

Instrumental Music Director, WASHINGTONVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Washingtonville, New York.

Instrumental Music Director, CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Instrumental Music Director, AURORA HIGH SCHOOL, Aurora, Colorado.

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