Hello Students and Families!
I am thrilled to take over as Rocklin Academy Gateway’s new band and music teacher. I have taught music at numerous places including Christian Brothers, River City, Hiram Johnson, and Loretto High Schools, as well as Sacramento Country Day School. The first instruments I played as a child were the piano and clarinet, but I’ve also played the saxophone, and flute, and still spend much time playing my guitar.
In addition to teaching, I have had the opportunity to conduct the choirs and orchestra at UC Davis, as well as several other local groups including the Empyrean Ensemble, the Choir of St. Cecilia, and the West Sacramento Community Orchestra. As a vocalist, I currently perform with the Sacramento Mastersingers, and also Men in Blaque out of Southern California, with whom I have traveled widely, including participating in the Edict International Music Festival in Niš, Serbia during the summer of 2019.
I hold a Bachelors degree in music from UC Irvine, Masters degrees in choral conducting (UC Irvine) and theology (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary), and a Ph.D. in musicology (music history) from UC Davis, and I am proud to serve on the board of the California Choral Directors Association.
I have spent my career working as a teacher and musician because I am inspired by the power of music to change lives and to unite people, but I am equally passionate about telling people like you about the countless academic, social, and emotional benefits that music education bestows on those who study this amazing and fun discipline. If you’re interested in learning more about these benefits, just ask me or click here: “benefits of music education.” You will be amazed at what you discover.
I look forward to meeting all of you very soon. We're in for a fantastic year!!!