University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2011
Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition
Doctoral Minor in Music Theory
Dissertation Composition: Music for Orchestra in However Many Incarnations
University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2007
Master of Music in Music Composition
Thesis Composition: Poem for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra
Winona State University, December 2004
Bachelor of Science in Music Education – summa cum laude
Capstone Projects: Senior Recital (Trombone); Student Teaching with the Urban Teacher Education Partnership in St. Paul, MN
College Teaching Experience
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 31 October-2 November 2012
Guest Lecturer, Music Theory I
Taught two sections of undergraduate music theory.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Music, September 2006-May 2009
Teaching Assistant, Music 111, “The Elements of Music”
Semester-length music theory course designed for non-music majors.
Related Teaching Experience
Southwest High School, Minneapolis, MN, 15 November 2012
Worked with student composers in a master class.
Richard R. Green Central Park School, October 2011-May 2012
Community Education Instructor
Designed and taught a yearlong curriculum covering current American popular music.
UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, Summers 2010 and 2011
Instructor of Advanced Theory, Grades 9-12
Taught weeklong classes on counterpoint, Roman numerals, 12-tone matrices, composition.
Self-Employed, October 2010-April 2011
Private Instructor in Music Composition
Other Teaching Experience
Minneapolis Public Schools, September 2011-May 2012
St. Paul Public Schools, February-June 2005
Duo for Piano, Marimba, and Vibraphone, 2012
Commission from pianist Jennifer Hedstrom and percussionist Sean Kleve
Sonata for Euphonium, Trombones, and Percussion, 2012
Commission from euphonium player Brett Keating
Music inspired by the photography of Xavier Nuez
World premiere sometime next year at the Musikhochschule Luzern in Switzerland.
Le Triangle d’Or for reed trio, 2009
Commission from the reed trio Le Triangle d’Or
Premiered at the 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison New Music in April Festival.
Selected Works and Performances
Music for Orchestra in However Many Incarnations, 2011
Winner of the annual UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest
Broadcasted on The Inoculated Mind, WSUM 92.7 FM, Madison, WI, 25 April 2011.
Featured in 77 Square, an arts supplement to the Madison, WI paper, Capital Times.
Collaboration with UW Creative Writing Fellow Traci Brimhall and soprano Jennifer Lien
Aubade with a Broken Neck for soprano and piano, 2010
Midwest Graduate Music Consortium Honorable Mention, Chicago, IL
Ephemeral Movements for piano, 2007
Performance at the Knapp House Music Night, Madison, WI
Incidental and vocal music for the play, The Interrupted Dream, 2007
Collaboration with director/playwright Harlan Chambers, University of Minnesota Xperimental Theatre
Seated Man for mezzo-soprano and piano, 2006
UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Composition Contest Selection
First Suite for five trombones, 2004
UW-LaCrosse New Music Festival
Dance for wind ensemble, 2004
Premiere by the Winona State University Wind Ensemble conducted by Donald Lovejoy
Trombone Solo, “Blitz” for trombone, piano, and timpani, 2003
UW-LaCrosse New Music Festival
Original Composition: Via the Void for Pierrot ensemble and two percussionists, September 2011
“Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in the Arts”
Conducted the premiere performance of Via the Void.
Presented a paper regarding the construction of the piece and the nature of collaboration across disciplines.
Introduced by Gabriel Pionkowski, visual artist with whom I collaborated
Jacob Druckman’s Dark Upon the Harp, March 2010
“The Spectrum of a Sound: (Towards?) a Universal Continuum to Measure Color in Music”
Conducted a performance of Druckman’s setting of psalms for soprano, brass quintet, and two percussionists.
Presented a paper about Druckman’s use of color while discussing my ideas about what color in music means.
Madison Savoyards Pit Orchestra, Summers 2008-2010
Mercury Players Theatre, Madison, WI, September 2008
UW-Madison Badger Bones Choir, September 2005-May 2007
UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, January-May 2006
UW-Madison Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, September 2005-May 2006
Winona State University Piano Ensemble, Septemer 2001-May 2004
Duos, Trios, Quartets, Quintets for 4 to 20 Hands
Winona Symphony Orchestra, September 2000-May 2004
Winona State University Wind Ensemble, September 2000-May 2004
Committee and Service Work
Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, Spring Semesters 2007-2011
Music Composition Judge
Wisconsin Art Song Project, September 2008-May 2009
Advisory Board Member
Winona State University Chapter of the MENC-The National Association for Music Education, August 2001-May 2004
Other Related Work Experience
UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, September 2006-May 2011
Advisory Board Member, Project Assistant
Mills Music Library, September 2005-May 2011
Student Staff – Reference and Circulation
Awarded the Library Staff Service Award for outstanding service to the UW Library System.
Recording of Laura Schwendinger’s CD, 3 Works, September-November 2008
Orchestra Personnel Manager
American Composers Forum
Minnesota Music Teachers Association
Music Teachers National Association
Society of Composers, Inc.