A native of Richmond, Virginia, I serve as an assistant professor of Music and director of the Laurier Wind Orchestra. Before joining the Laurier Faculty of Music, I served as an assistant professor of Practice in Conducting, assistant director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin, and instructor of Wind Conducting at Auburn and Grambling State University.
Before teaching at the university level, I served as a music director and activities coordinator at Somerset Prep Academy in Washington, D.C., and as a band director for Richmond, VA, Public Schools. I hold degrees from Norfolk State University, George Mason University, and Auburn University. Currently, I serve as the Tau Beta Sigma National vice president for Professional Relations, building relationships within the college band teaching profession.
An internationally sought-after educator and conductor, I am an active researcher, presenter, author, and guest conductor appearing at state, national, and international conferences and events. Most of my research publications and works are in the Music Educators Journal and the Teaching Music Magazine. I am honored as a 2017 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Mike Moss Diversity Conducting Fellow, a 2018 CBDNA/National Band Association Masterclass Conducting Fellow, a 2019 U.S. Army Band Conducting Fellow, and a 2019 Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute Fellow.
As a passionate advocate for improving educational opportunities through diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, I serve on the Composer Project Advisory Board and as the Special Projects Manager for United Sound, Inc. This organization strives to remove barriers and foster social change through music. I am also the Co-founder of I See You: Affirming Representation in Music, an organization aimed to affirm Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in all fields of music.
I am incredibly honored and excited to be part of the Laurier community and Faculty of Music which develops each person and helps them find their place in the world. Laurier is committed to helping people get where they want to be. Come to Laurier and let us help you achieve your dreams and aspirations!
I have always dreamed of being a Wind Ensemble conductor, inspiring and empowering others in and through music; that dream has come true- thank you, Laurier. One of the greatest gifts about the Laurier community and the music profession is knowing everyone has a story and experience to share. What we do in life is not necessarily about us but the many lives we can positively enrich, influence, and impact along the journey. A few goals for myself and the Laurier community are to continuously strive for authenticity, remove barriers for all, keep service at the forefront, be an inspiration to each other, and uphold the institution's mission, purpose, values, and vision.