I hold a Master of Music degree in Performance from Oklahoma City University where I studied with David Steffens as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Western Ontario where I studied with Jill Ball.
As an orchestral musician, I perform regularly with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ’n’ Classics Rock Symphony. I have also performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London (Canada) and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
As a theatre musician I have appeared both onstage and as a pit musician at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. I have played numerous other community theatre shows with Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Woodstock, Theatre Ancaster and Theatre Norfolk.
I am very passionate about music education and take the development of the next generation of percussionists very seriously. As an active educator, I direct the Percussion Ensemble here at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the summer, I am on faculty at the Inter-Provincial Music Camp and Southampton Summer Music. In the broader arts community of Waterloo Region, I also direct the Percussion Ensemble at Cameron Heights CI in Kitchener and the Drumline at Sir John A. MacDonald SS in Waterloo.
My chamber ensemble, Duo Percussion has toured the province of Ontario performing concerts for general audiences as well as numerous school shows. We have been guest artists with the Guelph Chamber Choir, Bell’Arte Singers and Oriana Women’s Choir. We deliver workshops to students of all ages in an effort to expose them to the vast world of percussion. By the end of 2016, we will have returned from a tour in the US Midwest including Oklahoma and Texas.
My latest passion and area of interest is the percussion traditions of other cultures. My graduate research focused on the flute and percussion music of Indonesia, Japan and Bali. I have also spent time studying both Ewe and Borborbor drumming in Ghana.
I am proud to be an artist for Pearl/Adams Drums and Concert Percussion as well as Dream Cymbals and Gongs.
It is a privilege to be a part of this extremely talented music faculty here at Laurier. I believe that to teach is to inspire the mind and I think that students learn music performance best by being challenged through the discovery process. The ability to think creatively and the capacity for students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own creative output is, in my opinion, one of the most important lessons they need to learn as a music student, if not as a citizen of our society and global community.
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