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CURRICULUM VITAE

In addition to the below information, my Research and Creative Work can be found using the navigation tabs at the top of the screen. These include Publications, Unpublished Work, Research in Progress, Research Interests, Clinical and Workshop PresentationsResearch Paper and Poster Presentations, and Dissertation.


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EDUCATION

TEACHERS COLLEGE, 
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

August 2019–May 2022

Doctor of Education in College Teaching

Music and Music Education

This degree program is comprised of all Ed.D. requirements plus 9 credits of course work relevant to the higher education context: Teaching Applied Music in College, Internship in the Teaching of College Music, and Teaching and Administration of Music in Higher Education.

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

August 2002–May 2008

Master of Music in Organ Performance

Cognate in Music Theory

This degree program is designed for students seeking professional career preparation including the development of artistry, technique, scholarly research, and the ability to play music of all periods with integrity and knowledge of specific performance practices. During this time, I studied organ with Dr. Karl Schrock (DMA, University of Michigan).

JACOBS SCHOOL
OF MUSIC,
INDIANA UNIVERSITY

August 1993–May 1998

Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Teaching and Trumpet

This degree program prepares students for State of Indiana K–12 All-Grades certification in Instrumental–General Music. Graduates are trained to work with general music classes, instrumental music classes, and ensembles in public schools with specialization in the band area.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Higher Education

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND COORDINATOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION

Adelphi University
Assistant Professor, September 2022–present; Coordinator, September 2023–present

Music education students at Adelphi University receive individualized attention and enjoy small class sizes. These pre-service teachers learn the skills necessary to launch their careers in music from a distinguished faculty of actively engaged educators, performers, and composers. I'm excited to join the students and faculty at Adelphi University this fall as a full-time, assistant professor of music education. Follow this link for more information on the Department of Music at Adelphi University. 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Teachers College, Columbia University
September 2021–May 2022

I was the Course Instructor for the Elementary and Secondary Student Teaching Seminars (A&HM 4701 and 4711) which meet jointly for two hours each week. All music education students that are currently student teaching are enrolled in one of these courses. Topics include but are not limited to lesson and curriculum planning, assessment, learning theory, classroom motivation, learning exceptionalities, teaching toward social justice, web-based portfolio design, and skills for seeking professional employment.

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RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Higher Education

STUDENT TEACHER SUPERVISOR

Teachers College, Columbia University
September 2019–May 2022

As a Student Teacher Supervisor at Teachers College, I worked with student teachers in the field under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Parkes. My study at Teachers College, grounded in social justice and critically reflective practice, informed how I supported preservice teachers as they constructed new understandings of learner-centered strategies for teaching music using problem- and inquiry-based instruction. We considered instructional planning, relationship building, instructional methodologies, and assessment strategies. We developed the capacities of professional conduct and communication that will help them navigate challenging interpersonal dynamics and seek out opportunities for mentorship and continuing education. The Teachers College formative and summative evaluation forms were seated in the Danielson Framework, and I supported students as they worked toward state required exams as well as the edTPA.

ASSISTANT INITIAL CERTIFICATION COORDINATOR

Teachers College, Columbia University
September 2019–May 2022

In this role, I assisted Dr. Kelly Parkes with the accreditation duties for the Teachers College Music and Music Education Program. This experience provided me with a hands-on understanding of the procedures and responsibilities associated with initial teacher certification and institutional accreditation.

APPLIED MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

Teachers College, Columbia University
January 2020–May 2022

Teaching applied music at Teachers College provided a unique opportunity to combine my prior experience as a private lesson teacher of adolescents with a Teachers College course of study designed to address the teaching of adults in a constructivist and learner-centered applied studio context. After completing this course of study, I was hired as an applied studio teacher of organ and voice in the Teachers College Music and Music Education Program.

GRADUATE RESEARCH ADVISOR

Montclair State University
September–December 2021

In this role, I assisted Dr. Laura Dolp, Associate Professor of Music at Montclair State University, by supporting graduate students who developed research questions best served by qualitative research methodologies in her course Historical Research Techniques. This support included one-to-one consultations as they planned research proposals, prepared to navigate the Institutional Review Board process, and began collecting and analyzing data.

COURSE ASSISTANT

Teachers College, Columbia University 
July 2020–July 2021
Arts Assessment (Summer 2020, Summer 2021); Choral Pedagogy (Autumn 2020); Foundations of Music Education (Summer 2020 (2 sections), Autumn 2020, Summer 2021 (2 sections))

In assisting these courses, I honed my communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills in both traditional and virtual contexts, particularly learning from examples set by Teachers College faculty. I was asked repeatedly to assist for the Foundations of Music Education and Assessment Strategies in the Arts courses due to my collaborative and collegial approach as demonstrated in previous sessions.

GRADUATE STUDENT INTERNSHIP – SECONDARY GENERAL MUSIC METHODS

Montclair State University
January–May 2020

As part of the Teachers College course Internship in the Teaching of College Music, I observed Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo teach secondary general music methods including her presentation of exemplar general music lessons through the social justice lens of climate change. Later, her students and I practiced crafting and presenting lessons through other social justice lenses such as poverty, ecology, war, protest, and spirituality. This was a moment of great growth for me as a teacher educator generated by the deep study of what it means to intertwine music pedagogy and social justice.

CO-CREATOR, CO-TEACHER

Western Michigan University
January 2019–May 2019
Choral Methods Course Embedded in Secondary Classroom

During my secondary teaching career, I co-designed and co-taught a university music methods course embedded in my high school classroom. I provided third-year undergraduates with direct coaching in ensemble-based pedagogies, motivation and assessment strategies, voice science and pedagogy, conducting skills, and piano accompaniment technique. I gave formal formative feedback to students on a weekly basis using university checklists, rubrics, and observational documents.

GRADUATE CHORAL ACCOMPANIST

Western Michigan University
August 2002–May 2003

As the accompanist for the Western Michigan University Chorale, I developed an understanding of choral pedagogy and collaborative piano techniques in an experiential and high-stakes environment. When repertoire was unaccompanied, I sang in the ensemble. This experience was a powerful, artistic, and transformative time for me who, at this point in my study, had been trained solely as an instrumental musician. During this time, the Chorale performed at the 2003 American Choral Directors Association National Convention under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller, now the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

2003 ACDA Performance Video 1  2003 ACDA Performance Video 2

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RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

P–12 Education

SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL AND CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATOR

Portage Public Schools, Portage, MI
June 2002–June 2019

My experience teaching public-school instrumental and choral music provided me with a uniquely diverse and well-developed skill set that informs how I prepare preservice music educators for a variety of classroom contexts.

Administrative skills applicable to higher education.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE EDUCATOR

Portage Public Schools, Portage, MI
September 2015–June 2019

My work as the music director and producer of high school musicals supported rigorous pre-professional preparation for students including a peer-mentorship program that paired our technical and performing students with industry experts. By working together, we encouraged a safe, creative space prioritizing cutting edge technologies and methodologies that helped students explore potential career pathways while enjoying the best of this creative and expressive art form.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE EDUCATOR

Portage Public Schools, Portage, MI
January 2008–June 2019

During my career in musical theatre education, I produced and music directed over 30 musicals for scholastic programs. My approach balances the secondary musical theatre program with the rest of the performing arts programs and prioritizes vocal health and the exploration of multiple musical genres throughout the school year.

SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATOR

Coldwater Community Schools, Coldwater, MI
August 1998–June 2002

My first professional position as a music educator prioritized a co-teaching model. My experience in this instructional context strengthened my commitment to building collaborative teaching partnerships with colleagues, community members, and students.

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RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Drum Corps International and University Marching Band

TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR, COLOR GUARD

The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Rosemont, IL
2000­, 2001, 2002, & 2003
Drum Corps International World Champions, 2000, 2001, & 2002
Drum Corps International Silver Medalists, 2003
Drum Corps International Color Guard Caption Award Winners, 2000 & 2002

TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR, COLOR GUARD

Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps, Appleton, WI
1999 & 2000

CAPTION HEAD, COLOR GUARD

Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, La Crosse, WI
1997 & 1998

INSTRUCTOR, UNIVERSITY FLAG CORPS

The Indiana University Marching Hundred, Bloomington, IN
1996 & 1997

MARCHING MEMBER, COLOR GUARD

The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Rosemont, IL
Performance Tour of Japan - Smaller ensemble selected from the 1995 World Championship Corps
1996

MARCHING MEMBER, COLOR GUARD

The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Rosemont, IL
1994, 1995, &1996
Drum Corps International World Champions, 1995
Flag Section Leader, 1995
Steve Brubaker Scholarship Recipient, 1995

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Organ

ORGAN SOLOIST, ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR

Biennial Concerts for Organ and Wind Band
May 2005–May 2011

The Portage Northern High School Department of Bands presented biennial concerts featuring music for wind band and organ. Selected repertoire included David Gillingham's Prophecy of the Earth, Camille Saint-Saëns' (arranged for band by Earl Slocum) Symphony No. 3, Arthur Wills' (arranged for band by David Papenhagen) The Fenlands Symphonic Suite for Organ and Brass: The Vikings, and Alfred Reed's Alleluia! Laudamus te.

ORGAN SOLOIST, COLLABORATIVE ORGANIST

Los Grandes Alleluyas, Francisco Marroquín Organization for the Arts, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala
May 2010

This organ and trumpet concert tour was sponsored by the Guatemalan Universidad Francisco Marroquín and included works for solo organ, trumpet and organ, and selections from Handel's Messiah featuring a university choral ensemble. 

ORGAN SOLOIST

Midwest Regional Recitals
Michigan: Battle Creek, Coldwater, Holland, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph; Indiana: Evansville, Tell City
1999–2020

I have been engaged regularly as a recitalist throughout the American Midwest. Engagements include programs organized by the American Guild of Organists, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

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RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Organ

MUSIC DIRECTOR, ORGANIST

The Congregational Church of Manhasset
June 2023–present

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MUSIC DIRECTOR, ORGANIST

First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI
August 2004–July 2019

During my tenure at First Baptist Church, I had the pleasure of playing a recital quality mechanical action organ built by Orgues Létourneau (Opus 55 technical details). I managed the maintenance, stewardship, and tonal refurbishment for both the organ and a Fazioli concert grand piano. I was the conductor of the Chancel Choir and coordinated many combined choir events with the Portage Northern High School Department of Choirs and other local ensembles. Other duties included mentoring our organ scholar, hosting local, national, and international organ recitalists, programming community charity and benefit concerts, and overseeing the piano fleet including divestment and acquisition. One of the standout events that I coordinated was an annual worship service featuring the Western Michigan University Seminar Summer Music Camp choirs and brass ensemble. These worship services were bookended with prelude and postlude recitals featuring collaborations between the students and myself as organist. The service itself was highlighted by three hymn arrangements of my design that featured a variety of techniques: free introductions, brass arrangements, modulations, reharmonizations, obligati, descants, organ interludes, codas, and a cappella and antiphonal treatments.

APPRENTICE ORGAN BUILDER

Lauck Organ Company, Otsego, MI 
June–August 2008; June–August 2009

I sought out this apprenticeship to develop my understanding of organ building and tonal finishing in order to inform my practice as a performer. My experiences included stripping and refinishing, soldering electrical components, building new wind regulators, and re-leathering electro-pneumatic pouches, wind regulators, tremulants, wind lines, and chests. A standout project during this apprenticeship was a complete rebuilding and tonal refurbishment of the three manual, 58-rank Æolian-Skinner (Opus 965 technical details) at Grand Rapids Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2009. This organ was originally built in 1937 and represents much of what exemplifies the Æolian-Skinner tradition. My contributions to this project included most of the re-leathering, the building of a new wind regulator, and the reinstallation of the organ. Because of my skills as a performer, I was able to participate in the final stages of tonal finishing from the console during re-installation.

ORGANIST

First Presbyterian Church, Coldwater, MI
August 2000–July 2004

In this role, I was the organist and choral accompanist. Annual Christmas concerts included lessons and carols and congregational performances of selections from Handel's Messiah.

ACCOMPANIST

Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Dirk Garner, conductor
March 2003

The Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival was created in 1935 under the direction of Harper C. Maybee, the first chief administrator of the music program at what is now known as Western Michigan University. Festival participation peaked in the late 1950s when performances were given on two successive nights involving 1500 to 2000 voices from some 20 different schools each night. Today the festival typically hosts over 1000 students from 21 Southwest Michigan High Schools. The festival celebrated its 75th annual performance in 2013. Notable conductors have included Rodney Eichenberger, Eph Ehly, Jerry Jordan, Anton Armstrong, André Thomas, Doreen Rao, Jing Ling-Tam, Dirk Garner, Simon Carrington, Rollo Dilworth, and Francisco J. Núñez. (Information from www.wmich.edu accessed on August 30, 2021)

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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS

August 1998–present
Expires 2024

MICHIGAN PROFESSIONAL

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

November 2019
No expiration

ESTILL VOICE FIGURE PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATION

May 2020–present
Expires 2025

NEW YORK INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICAITON

May 2014

PORTAGE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PARTNERS IN EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR

August 2019–May2022

TEACHERS COLLEGE

DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

Fall 2022
No expiration

SOUNDTRAP EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION LEVELS 1, 2, & 3

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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