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

Teaching, Fellowships, and Residencies

Incidental Music Players, Pittsburg, PA, 2014-2015 Season
Composer in Residence

Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Bennington, VT, 10-17 August 2014
Composer Fellowship

Self-Employed, October 2010-April 2011, November 2013-present
Private Instructor in Music Composition

Southwest High School, Minneapolis, MN, 15 November 2012
Guest Lecturer
Worked with student composers in a master class.

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 31 October-2 November 2012
Guest Lecturer, Music Theory I
Taught two sections of undergraduate music theory.

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.

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.


Incidental and Theme Music for Cooking with Frank N. Foode for clarinet, cello, piano, and percussion, 2014
Commission from Biology Fortified, Inc.

Trio for flute, viola, and harp, 2014
Commission from the Incidental Music Players
World premiere 5 October 2014 at First Unitarian Church, Pittsburg, PA

Percussion Duo, 2013
Commission from pianist Jennifer Hedstrom and percussionist Sean Kleve of Clocks in Motion
World premiere 13 December 2013 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Other performances/broadcasts by Clocks in Motion:

  • 5 March 2014 at the H. Lewis Dance Building at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
  • 13 April 2014 for Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen in Madison, WI, broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio
  • 25 May 2014 at the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, New Hazlett Theater
  • 29 May 2014 on Rich Samuels’s Anything Goes on WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, WI

Sonata for Euphonium, Trombones, and Percussion, 2012
Commission from euphonium player Brett Keating
Music inspired by the photography of Xavier Nuez

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.
Broadcast on Air from Another Planet hosted by Liam Moore, WSUM 91.7 FM, Madison, WI, 27 August 2013.

Selected Works and Performances

Wind Quintet, 2014
Written for the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Bennington, VT, 10-17 August 2014

Time Sonnets, 2014
Premiered 29 March 2014 by Jerry Hui, baritone, and Phillip Dorn, piano, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI

Music for Orchestra in However Many Incarnations, 2011
Winner of the annual UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest
Broadcast on The Inoculated Mind hosted by Ariela and Karl Haro von Mogel, WSUM 91.7 FM, Madison, WI, 25 April 2011.
Featured in 77 Square, an arts supplement to the Madison, WI paper, Capital Times.

Aubades, 2010-2011
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
Broadcast on Air from Another Planet hosted by Liam Moore, WSUM 91.7 FM, Madison, WI, 27 August 2013.

Music for Oboe and Violoncello, 2007
Premiered by Daron Kirsch, cello, and Scott Erickson, oboe, at Waterworks Tallahassee, FL

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

Lecture Recitals

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.
Via the Void featured on Composers Circle on 12 August 2013.

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
Principal Trombone

Mercury Players Theatre, Madison, WI, September 2008
Principal Trombone

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
Principal Trombone

Winona State University Wind Ensemble, September 2000-May 2004
Principal Trombone

Committee and Service Work

CONsole Room, Bloomington, MN, 16-18 May 2014

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
Vice-President, President

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.