I have been a musician all my life; I always enjoyed singing (though my stage fright as a child was terrible compared to now) and
did choir all throughout elementary and middle school up until about 8th grade after moving to Wisconsin the previous year.
Throughout these years I had accumulated multiple different instruments, but guitar was the one that had stuck the most when I got a
full-size electric guitar for my 15th birthday, and have been playing since and now own bass, electric, acoustic, classical, and 12
string guitars. By my sophomore year of high school I had gotten back into choir and fell in love with it, especially since it helped
me to get over my performance anxiety, also playing guitar for some of our concerts. By junior year I had joined the a capella choir,
and senior year I did solo & ensemble festival and also joined 7th Heaven, the jazz choir, on top of a capella and mixed choir. After
struggling to decide on an education major to do for college, I decided music with a choral emphasis would be the most enjoyable path
for me, and was highly encouraged to pursue such by my high school choir director Mrs. Jan Knutson.
As it stands I am currently a member of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck, a participant in sNATS/NATS and have competed state-wide among other vocalists, and am also learning piano. After passing the audition for my major, I was also awarded a $2000 scholarship for my musical abilities and potential as a singer. I currently study voice under Professor Brian Leeper, who has immensely changed the way I sing and further encouraged my passion for singing. In November of 2017 I was also given the opportunity to perform with singer/songwriter Judy Collins as a member of her ensemble for Amazing Grace and Song for Sarajevo. In April of 2018, the UWW Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Symphony Orchestra combined to perform Ralph Vaughan William' "Toward the Unkown Region" where we had performed with the highly-praised guest conductor David Hoose, who also conducted the Chamber Singers for our performnce of Edward Elgar's "O Wild West Wind".
I also offer private voice and/or guitar lessons, which you can contact me about on the home page.
Quick fact: my vocal range spans across 3 octaves, from D2 to D5, although I am a practicing Tenor.
Languages Sung In
Past Performance Locations
Bring Him Home - Claude-Michel Schönberg
*I Attempt From Love's Sickness to Fly - Henry Purcell
*Go Lovely Rose - Roger Quilter
Dream Valley - Roger Quilter
Take, O Take Those Lips Away - Roger Quilter
*The Salley Gardens - Benjamin Britten
*The Ash Grove - Benjamin Britten
*Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair - John Jacob Niles
*Proud of Your Boy (Aladdin) - Alan Menkin
Lonely Room (Oklahoma) - Rodgers and Hammerstein
Lonely Town (Street Scene) - Kurt Weill
*No. 3 "Ye People, rend your hearts." (Elijah) - Felix Mendelssohn
*No. 4 "If with all your hearts." (Elijah) - Felix Mendelssohn
*Rain Has Fallen - Samuel Barber
*Sleep Now - Samuel Barber
*I Hear an Army - Samuel Barber
*Gia Il Sole Dal Ganges - Alessandro Scarlatti
*Vittoria, Mio Core! - Giacomo Carrissimi
Sebben, Crudele - Antonio Caldara
*Che Fiero Costume - Giovanni Legrenzi
Amarilli, Mia Bella - Giulio Caccini
Zueignung - Richard Strauss
Allerseelen - Richard Strauss
Die Mainacht - Johannes Brahms
*Die Forelle - Franz Schubert
*Der Tod, das ist die kuhle Nacht - Johannes Brahms
*O komme, holde Sommernacht - Johannes Brahms
*Piece used for undergraduate vocal studies class and/or solo competition performance
In terms of personal skills and attributes as an educator, I possess an easily adjustable personality that is both flexible in work ethic and humor. I’m passionate about working with people of all ages and one of my favorite aspects of being human is that no matter how old you get, there’s always something your students can teach you regardless of their background or prior knowledge. Communication is one of my biggest values, and making sure my students understand material that I teach them is the top concern, and my goal is to make students feel comfortable with me so they may communicate any concerns or questions they may have – both subject-material wise and with personal life matters as well especially in a case that a student may be struggling emotionally. Constantly am I evaluating and having others evaluate my methodology of teaching certain things, and making sure that I’m finding other possible ways to such things is a big concern of mine as someone who will be teaching two vastly different subjects. In regards to organization and flexibility, I believe my work ethic is probably my strongest suit – obviously managing my work and staying on top of things is a high concern, but setting aside personal time to make sure I can help any struggling students is my top priority.
I believe my abilities as a musician are definitely beyond my level of being able to explain them currently – my subject knowledge is strong but I have yet to delve into the best methods of teaching various aspects of the subject. I can easily recognize the form and analysis of a piece and recognize its subject matter and historical development, sight sing, and diagnose errors in singers to figure out what their current problems with technique and sound may be. I’m highly confident in my choral conducting abilities currently as well as my technique as a performer, and have a strong record of achievement in musical performance.
Regarding choral pedagogue, I have a strong background in choral curriculum and repertoire planning and have plans to develop a highly comprehensive high school curriculum – regardless of necessary adjustments that may be made down the line, I believe I can turn my students into near collegiate-level musicians regardless of their prior background, and I’m currently working on finding the best methods of assessment for such material. Classroom management is my current concern, however. I would like to find the most appropriate methods of controlling my classrooms in non-negative manners of course; my biggest concern is building positive relationships with all of my students so that they enjoy coming to class every day and want to get work done because they enjoy learning and want me to teach them more.
My biggest concern in terms of professional development is being able to effectively bring younger students to the academic potential of collegiate students. As someone who grew up in a school district in Michigan that placed almost no value in musical performance abilities, I was lacking in exposure to the true musician experience. After moving to Wisconsin and performing around the state in my high school choir, I realized the importance not only of performing arts, but of the value of taking students out into the world for real academic experiences. Performing with massive combined choirs from out of town and in different places all around my town made me value my skills as a performer more than ever before, and as an educator I believe making sure that students get those opportunities is absolutely critical. My biggest goal is to be able to take my students out on a choir tour around the state once a year, and maybe every other year follow the tradition of my high school’s choir in touring New York City. Of course the students primarily will have taken choir to sing and have fun, but I believe they should be able to get the true academic experience that high-level musicians are offered.
My current strategies involve intense research in choral and vocal methods and literature on the subjects especially; any information on both pedagogue and analysis is greatly invaluable. I primarily study methods of teaching and of diagnosing problems that may arise in performance – errors on vocal technique, physical issues, sound issues, and so on are my big concerns. I believe that proper curriculum planning and connection between other teachers will allow me to develop the most effective plan for teaching music to unexperienced students to bring them up to a pre-collegiate level or beyond, at least in terms of theory and score analysis that students can use to properly read and understand their scores.
In my personal experience with musical ability in relation to other subjects, I’ve found that my skills have vastly improved unexpectedly – as a computer scientist, I have found my ability to diagnose issues in reading code has become immensely faster as my ability to sight-read open score music has improved, in terms of both vertical and horizontal optical scanning. I also find myself memorizing chunks of information by remembering their function and diagnosing them, rather than by terminology alone. Music is extremely important in its ability to improve cognitive performance in students, regardless of subject matter; this is something I have discussed with both my previous choir and computer science teachers, and both sides agree with the conclusion of similar areas of the brain being used in STEM subjects and musical performance. It has been proven that music can significantly improve our skills in exercising, reasoning, visual attention, creativity, and motor skills  which is a valuable resource for students of any kind or subject, as the skills are highly applicable to other sciences and arts . Great scientists and artists alike have been musicians, including Albert Einstein who played violin and piano as a means of boosting productivity in developing his theories . With music being so beneficial in developing physical and cognitive abilities, I believe that the subject is of upmost importance in child development and plays an irreplaceable role in life experiences and physiological growth.