In 2012 I founded the Utah Uke Fest (Utah’s first ukulele festival) and continue to organize it on a yearly basis. I also direct UFO HUM (Ukes for Others: Happy Ukulele Movement) a performance/service group for intermediate ukulele players that performs for local audiences and area rest homes, as well as the UFO HUM Ukulele Youth Choir. I’ve taught hundreds of children, teens, adults and seniors how to play the ukulele through Ukulele Boot Camps and am the author of numerous ukulele learning materials, including a multi-level curriculum that allows students to track their progress by earning patches and rankings; Power Up Ukulele.
My progressive teaching style is highly influenced by Kodaly philosophy. Though traditionally this focuses solely on vocal music, as a vocalist with many years of performing experience I've come to believe each singer should learn to accompany themselves on an instrument. I personally feel the ukulele is the ideal candidate, as it offers better rewards to the beginner than just about any other readily available instrument, yet can still be taken to the heights of true mastery (look up Jake Shimabukuro).
I graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a master's in Music Composition. I later earned my Kodaly certification as a developmental music education specialist.
I've written operas, dozens of choral works, art songs, song cycles, pop songs, children’s songs, hymns as well as other works of chamber music . . . I’m also a hiker, recipe hacker, multi-media artist, choral conductor, baritone vocalist, ukulele/tuba/piano/pennywhistle and once-upon-a-time bassoon player, son, friend, husband, father, sci-fi and Tolkien fan, poet, book-lover, hymn-arranger, gardener, church organist, some-time animator, concert-producer, web-builder, and a collector of music toys and oddities.