About Me

 

 

I'm a pianist/arranger/director/singer from Atlanta, GA. I graduated from Emory University with a BA in Piano Performance and will have a MM in Collaborative Piano from NYU in the Spring of 2017.  I have a passion for arranging, especially a cappella music, and sci-fi movies, and have a secret green thumb. I currently live in New York City with my super supportive girlfriend and our two goldfish Dmitri Shostakofish and Igor Strafinsky. 

 

Additional Skills

  • Finale
  • Melodyne
  • Mainstage
  • Max/MSP
  • Reason
  • ProTools
  • Audacity
  • Musical Analysis
  • Sight reading
  • Transcribing
  • Orchestrating
  • Arranging
  • Music Directing

Principal Teachers

Piano:

  • William Ransom
  • Gary Motley

Collaborative Piano:

  • Grant Wenaus
  • Deborah Thoreson

Awards and Honors

  • Best Collaborative Recording, CASA’s Arrangement Contest 2013
  • Best Arrangement, ICCA’s Quarter-Finals 2013
  • Steinway Society Scholarship 2011
  • John Philip Sousa Award 2010
  • 1st place at GMEA Piano Competition 2009 & 2010

Copyist

Freelance 2014-Present

  • Create clean scores from scratch, manuscript, or audio and edit existing scores
  • Write and manage parts (vocal, instrumental, and percussion)
  • Expertise using Finale 2014, Sibelius, and MuseScore as well as MusicXML file format

Arranger and Orchestrator

NYU Steinhardt Vocal Performance Department 2015-Present  

  • Transcribe to create complete scores, piano/vocal scores, lead sheets, and/or reductions
  • Create orchestrations for projects including shows/musicals
  • Write transition, play-off, and exit music appropriate for the given production
  • Worked with Dr. Joe Church to create a full score based only on audio recordings and director’s notes for a remounted production of Pins and Needles

NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2015

  • Acted as music director, leading rehearsals, coaching performers, and directing musicians
  • Arranged and orchestrated music for the pit orchestra
  • Served as rehearsal and performance pianist and conductor

Emory’s Dooley Noted (Co-ed A Capella) 2009-Present

  • Currently act as chief editor and consultant for all arrangements, guide decisions about repertoire, arrangement style and method, assign work to arrangers, and teach and coach novice arrangers
  • Arranged for vocal ensemble varying in size from 12 to 20 singers including soloist and vocal percussion, styles including pop, rock, R&B, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, and country
  • Served as music director from 2011-2013

Music Instruction

NYU Steinhardt, Adjunct Faculty and Staff Accompanist 2015-Present

  • Teach multiple sections of Keyboard Skills, a series of classes teaching command of basic piano skills required for undergraduate music majors at NYU.
  • Instruct graduate and undergraduate non-music majors, ranging in experience from novice to expert, in weekly piano lessons.
  • Act as a vocal coach for singers

Private Instructor 2009-Present

  • Instruct piano, trumpet, french horn, music theory, and voice to private students as young as 4 years old ranging in experience from novice to expert

Mountain View High School 2011-Present

  • Arrange and copy music to be played by the band in rehearsal and performance
  • Instruct band on marching technique (corps-style and traditional), lead sectional rehearsals, coach individual students, and act as director in his absence

Choir Director and Accompanist 2009-Present

  • Serve as accompanist to NYU Children's Choir
  • Acted as a choir director and accompanist for various churches, Emory University, and Buford High Schoo