Professor of Music
|Ph.D||Music Education/Conducting||Florida State University|
|MME||Music Education/Conducting||Florida State University|
|B.S.||Music Education K-12||University of South Florida|
Fall 2017 marks my 39th year as a professional music educator. I previously taught for 15 years as a High School Band Director in the Florida Public School Systems of Brevard and Leon County.
Simultaneously, I was the Instrumental Music Supervisor for Leon county public schools for the last seven years in secondary education. I taught adjunct Music Theory for Tallahassee Community College and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at FSU before accepting the post as Associate Director of Bands at Western Kentucky University.
In 1999, I accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at The College of Saint Rose. At Saint Rose, I have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and served as Interim Music Department Chair, Assistant Department Chair, and Department Chair from 2004 to 2014. In 2009, I founded the Saint Rose Summer Youth Music Program (SrSYM) and served as its director for the first five years. I have adjudicated and guest conducted wind bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western and Eastern Europe. I have served as the conductor for The Empire State Youth Orchestra Wind Orchestra from 2001 to present.
My areas of expertise are in instrumental conducting, literature research, conducting and music pedagogy methodology. I believe in positive reinforcement as part of a skill set for teaching music in an accurate 3:1 ratio. I believe that most students expect you to be honest with them in assessing their performance in a direct yet encouraging manner.
Throughout my teaching career, I have proffered that musicianship should be the foundation for any music career. Music is a performing art, and the mediums of performance, composition, improvisation, digital replication, and teaching must be practiced-based and channeled through a high quality of musicianship. It is important for student ensembles to experience the best literature written for their collective instruments at the highest possible performance standards.
I have presented wind band literature, conducting clinics and workshops throughout the United States and Eastern and Western Europe. My articles and research have been published in several professional journals including The NBA Journal, The School Music News, The NYSBDA Newsletter, The Bluegrass News and The Florida Director, and The State Department of Florida.
I hold professional memberships in NAFME, NYSBDA, NYSSMA, NBA, CBDNA, The New York State Association of College Music Programs, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda (Honors), Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, and am Lifetime Member of The Florida Bandmasters Association. In 2014, I co-authored the second edition of, “Music For Concert Band: A Selected Annotated Guide for Wind Band Literature,” which is published by Meredith Music Publications. I am currently a certified adjudicator for major music organizations in New York and Florida and have served as a clinician/adjudicator for “Festivals of Music” since 1995.