I am an accomplished professional composer and performer, who is fortunate and daring enough to remain self-employed! I am a member of American Federation of Musicians local 153 and a writer member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
I was educated in the California public school system, graduating
from Temple City High in 1971.
I received my B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1975.
My M.A. came from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, in 1977.
For both degrees, I studied viola and music composition.
Viola instructors included: Loren Peters, Dr. Robert Gross, and William Preucil.
Composition teachers included: Dr. Robert Gross, Dr. Richard
Grayson, Dr. Richard Hervig, and Dr. D. Martin Jenni.
Of course, there was that most unforgiving teacher, Experience!
I have performed in numerous recitals as soloist or part of a chamber group from 1975-87. Many of these featured my own compositions or first performances of other new music. I worked as a section violist in the Santa Cruz County Symphony from 1981-87.
Most recently, I have performed as vocalist, presenting original music at specific events. However, I am now working primarily as a recording artist.
My work has been featured in several different venues, 1968 to present. Some highlights include: a full-length recital with related television performance by members of the Sigma Alpha Iota women's music fraternity in 1978; Recipient of the first commission awarded by the Santa Cruz New Music Works in 1982 for a trio called "Cold Wet and Soggy";
Created music and song lyrics for "Butterfly Dream" a play, translated from Chinese, performed at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1990;
performance of my 1978 hit, "Keys to Gracious Dining", for soprano and three tenors, at the 1993 Cabrillo Music Festival; provided music and sound affects for independent radio documentary on Telecommunications in 1994, (yes, it was aired nationally);
Two complete albums published to date: "Guide Dogs, First Hand", in 1998 and "The Guide Dog Glee Club", in 1999, now selling well in 8 countries.
I worked as a music copiest, 1977-80, transcribing lead sheets for local rock bands
Ear training instructor: 1977-95.
I served as union steward in the Santa Cruz County Symphony, 1985-87. I served the American Federation of Musicians in several capacities: board member of local 347 1985-86; Vice-President, 1986-89; President 1989-93 when local merged with local 153; Board member of AFM local 153, 1993-94; head of negotiating tteam for collective bargaining agreements in Santa Cruz County, 1989-93; board member, Northern California Chapter of Recording Musicians Association, 1995 to present.
I'm learning fast! Teachers include: Time, common sense, Score, and a little help from my friends!
Studio equipment training: Peter Elsea; Director of Electronic Music Studios, University of California Santa Cruz.
CD production mentoring: Clark Ferguson; Bearswamp Studios, Macungie, Pennsylvania
If you found this page dry and boring, enjoy reading fascinating
stories, or admit to being as nosy as I am, please feel free to
follow the links on this page. There you can read about the good,
the bad and the downright ridiculous! You'll learn how I got where
I did, became who I am, and what I did on the way! Not only will
you read about many of those formative contacts and experiences,
but I'll share the emotions and affects that resulted.
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