A native of Toronto, I am currently the conductor and artistic director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at Arizona State University, where I conducted the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and the Lyric Opera Theatre.
I hold Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Calgary, Master’s Certificate in Conducting from the University of Calgary Wind Conducting Program, and a Master of Music degree in Musicology from the University of Manchester (England), where I conducted the Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensembles and the New Music Ensemble, as well as civic, professional and youth orchestras and new music ensembles across the country.
Across the globe, I have conducted string and full orchestras, symphonic and jazz bands, chamber music, contemporary music ensembles, and opera and have taught and conducted musicians at all levels, from novice to professional.
On top of my role as conductor and associate professor of music at Wilfrid Laurier University, I teach courses in conducting and orchestration.
I am active internationally as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician in North America, Great Britain, Europe and South America.
Research includes the development of conducting and conducting pedagogy, using digital media, and further studies into emotional contagion and effective gestural communication.
Directed study in advanced conducting method and technique.
Books/dissertations using my past research to move forward in the area of using technology as a tool to assist conducting pedagogy. The following are some examples:
My desire to continually grow as an artist and an understanding of the human spirit helps me to engage people to strive for excellence in their own work. Vision, resonant leadership, enthusiasm, creativity, rigor and professionalism are principles that make up who I am as an educator and artistic leader. I believe that students must inevitably become empowered, informed, responsible individuals who value the quality of engagement through experiential encounters and connected knowledge, with the ultimate objective of the educator to become obsolete.