Secular or sacred, and everything between, I aim to infuse an element of uplifting energy into my songwriting, crafting songs with a message that will touch the minds and hearts of my listeners. I hope my music will inspire a chain reaction of encouragement and care to others.
I hold an MM in sacred music from Westminster Choir College and a BA in music performance and education from Eastern Mennonite University. I am the Associate Editor of School Choral and Classroom Publications at Alfred Music Publishing. I have studied composition and organ privately and am a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op, Carolina Contemporary Composers, and ASCAP. Throughout my life I have ministered as a musician in Protestant and Catholic churches as well as Jewish synagogues in congregations ranging from 100 to 11,000 members. Currently, I serve as Music Director and Organist at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. At heart I have an ecumenical and inclusive outlook when it comes to music ministry, and this pours through into my songwriting and composing.
I have taught piano and voice and have conducted choirs of all ages and skill levels, both privately and in classroom settings. As a performer, I have sung in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and for several years at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, VA. I have been a member of early music groups including: Rutgers University Collegium Musicum, Vox Fidelis, Stanford University Early Music Singers, and the Josquin Singers (part of Bay Area Classical Harmonies), and most recently, Duke University Vespers Choir and Concentus Carolina (based in Chapel Hill, NC).
When I am not performing or writing, I immerse myself in the possibilities of song all around me. From the dance-like, rhythmic swaying of tree branches to the squawking calls of wild birds, or even the constant hum of human-made machinery...music in some form surrounds us all. Taking time to be still and make these discoveries, I realize what a gift it is to be part of it!