I've been teaching choir since I graduated college over 10 years ago. The majority of my experience comes from teaching middle school in suburban New Jersey, but now I'm employed as a high school chorus and piano teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I host the Find Your Forte Podcast, and speak/present/keynote at state and national conferences in music education and podcasting.
I focus on creating a choral experience that changes the lives of not only the choristers, but audiences as well. My goal is to create life-long singers and great human beings.
Teacher of the Year every year (in my own mind)
Bachelor of Music in Education (with voice concentration) - Westminster Choir College
I'm probably the sappiest choir director you'll meet. Sometimes I can’t help getting emotional in front of every new choir I speak to about the power of choral music to transform the lives of singers and those they touch through performance. Having spent my entire professional life with middle and high school musicians, I know how to bring the energy. When I'm not directing choirs at Cibola High School, I host the Find Your Forte podcast, a choral music niche show aimed at helping my audience (affectionately named “Choir Nation“) step up to the podium with purpose each day…which they do because they’re awesome. I'm a Pennsylvania native, but have lived my whole adult life in Princeton, NJ (and the last year in Manhattan, NYC) before moving to Albuquerque to teach at Cibola HS. I still direct the teen group Impulse Handbell Ensemble, a unique project that has taken me to places I never thought I'd be professionally. Viridis, my other choral project, is a chamber vocal ensemble with a name most don’t pronounce correctly upon first read. (It's VEE-ree-dees, if you were wondering!) Viridis has been fortunate enough to sing alongside GRAMMY winners Kenny Rogers, Linda Davis, and The Chieftains. Speaking is one of my most favorite activities, as your children will soon tell you. I often get asked to present interest sessions at conferences in both music education and (most recently) podcasting. In July of 2016, I spoke at Podcast Movement, the world's largest podcasting conference. I will also be the keynote speaker for the Iowa Choral Directors Association Annual Symposium in July 2017. As a classically-trained baritone, I sing pretty if you ask me to. I never turn down the opportunity to sing an aria or two in a Handel oratorio, Bach cantata, or concert opera. I am actively involved with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Chorus America organizations. I am a proud alumni of Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ).