A Brief History

I have enjoyed a relatively successful career as a professional pianist, vocalist, director, producer and educator.

I taught upper school music at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth from 2007-2010. Prior to that I was the full time director of Fine Arts at Aledo United Methodist Church where, in addition to providing direction and coordination for 5 weekly ensembles, I also produced 5 full scale musical theatre productions and one CD release.

I have developed a professional working relationship with Tony Award winner Betty Buckley and am honored to have served as her rehearsal pianist here in Texas. I have prepared her for several concerts and also accompanied her in a preview concert last Spring at the Modern in Fort Worth.

I am the staff accompanist for the Texas Christian University Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Allison Ward. I conducted a 16 piece orchestra for TCU’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town in 2004. I played for the national tour of Mamma Mia and have conducted and/or provided musical direction for over 40 professional musical productions in local Equity stages.

I am currently on staff at University of North Texas as accompanist for associate professor Marjorie Hayes’ musical theatre class. Ms. Hayes often grants me the honor of teaching UNT theatre majors practical music theory concepts and sharing my experience as a musical director. I have also served as an adjunct faculty member at Tarrant County College and as staff accompanist for the Texas Wesleyan Singers.

My history as a vocalist began with an exceptionally successful high school program at Judson High School under the direction of Mike Mitchell. Our choir sang as the TMEA honor choir in 1992. I made the All State chorus the following year as a Bass II.
I first attended college at the University of Texas in Austin to work with Craig Hella Johnson. He selected me to join him in one of the first performances of “Christmas at the Carillon” (1995) in a group that later evolved to become Conspirare.

I moved to Fort Worth the following year to study at Texas Wesleyan with Tim Ishii (UNT one o’clock alum) and Jeff Walters. At one point I had the distinction of being enrolled in 8 ensembles in a single semester. I learned a ton about performing and I would not trade it for anything. However, I did not make much progress towards obtaining my degree. I rapidly became overwhelmed by professional opportunities and my studies yielded to these opportunities to support my now growing family.

I am now returning to school to finish what I started seventeen years ago. I am currently finishing out my core requirements at Weatherford College, so that I may transfer to a school of music in the Fall of 2011 with the hopes of graduating in Spring 2012 and continuing right into graduate work.

Preparing to leave home

I am about to embark on a nine-week national tour by bus and it was suggested to me that there might be a few people curious about what life is life on “the road.” Since I am about to have buckets of extra time on my hands I thought it would be fun to share a semi-daily journal entry with those that might be interested.  This is the first entry to get things started.

Just to set the stage here.  I am 29 years old, married to my wife Mary and father to my son Max.  I have worked as a musician since high-school and have enjoyed a steady increase in successes.

My current employer is the Aledo United Methodist Church.  I am their Director of Music and Fine Arts.  They have graciously granted me a sabatical (leave of absence) so that I may join the National tour of The 3 Redneck Tenors as their Musical Director.

Basically, I will be playing keyboards, leading the 5 piece band and maintaining high standards for the cast of the show on a tour of cities across the United States (mostly east coast).  We travel by bus built in the ’80’s, and once owned by Disney on Ice.

This show was just created so it’s really still being developed as we tour.  It has been exciting, and challenging to be part of such an ambitious project from almost the begining.  I hope to continue to report on the ongoing adventures of our little tour.  I hope it will be entertaining to some and that it will provide an outlet for me whilst away from my friends and family back home.