Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

D.M., Horn Performance and Literature, May 2015

            Minors in Music History

University of Northern Colorado

            M.M, Horn Performance, 2011

San José State University

            B.M, Horn Performance, 2009

            Minor in Geology

            Graduated Cum Laude


Principal Horn Teachers

Jeff Nelsen - Indiana University

Former hornist with Canadian Brass, Founder of Fearless Performance


Dale Clevenger - Indiana University

            Former principal hornist with Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Richard Seraphinoff - Indiana University

            Natural horn soloist and builder

            2011-2014, Natural Horn

Marian Hesse - University of Northern Colorado

            Grammy winning hornist with Chesnut Brass Company



Additional horn study: Paul Avril, Luca Benucci, Merdith Brown, Mathew Croft, Dave Griffin, Elizabeth Freimuth, Martin Hackleman, Roger Kaza, William Klingelhoffer, Tom Sherwood, and Scott Temple


Performance Experience

Fiati Five Woodwind Quintet: 2012-Present

            Varano, Italy

New Mexico Philharmonic: 2014- Present

            Substitute Horn

Santa Fe Symphony: 2014- Present

            Substitute Horn

New Mexico Winds: 2014-Present

Enchantment Brass Quintet: 2014-Present

Indiana University Associate Instructor Brass Quintet: 2012-2014

            Bloomington, Indiana                                                             

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic: 2011-2014

            Second Horn  

            David Bowden, Musical Director

            Columbus, Indiana

Indiana University Baroque Orchestra: 2012-2013

            Baroque and Natural Horn

            Stanley Ritchie and Michael McCraw- Conductors

            Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University Philharmonic: 2011

            Second Horn

            Arthur Fagen, David Effron and Carl St. Clair- Conductors

            Bloomington, Indiana

Utah Festival Opera: Summers 2007, 2011

            Principal/Second Horn

            Barbara Day Turner, Conductor

            Logan, Utah

University of Northern Colorado Graduate Woodwind Quintet: 2009-2011

            Greeley, Colorado

University of Northern Colorado Orchestra: 2009-2011

            Principal/Second horn

Canto Deo Choir: 2010

            Denver, Colorado

Greeley Chorale: 2010-2011

            Greeley, Colorado

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra: 2007-2009

            Palo Alto, California

San José Wind Symphony: 2005-2007

            San José, California


Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of Horn: 2015-Present

University of New Mexico

  •  Teaching undergraduate and graduate horn majors
  • Coaching chamber ensembles
  • Teaching Brass Methods course
  • Performing with the faculty wind and brass quintets
  • Administrative and recruitment duties for the Horn Studio

Associate Instructor of Horn: 2012-2014

Indiana University

●      Teaching private lessons to all non-major horn students

●      Performing with the IU Associate Instructor Brass Quintet

●      Administrative and recruitment duties for the Horn Department             

Group Class Instructor: 2012-2014

Studio Forza, Bloomington Indiana

●      Clef and Canvas- a music and art appreciation/history class taught to adults in a Schubertiade setting

Graduate Assistant of Horn: 2009-2011

University of Northern Colorado

●      Managed a private studio of 6-10 music performance and education students

●      Performed in the UNC Graduate Woodwind Quintet

●      Administrative and recruitment duties for the Horn Department

Private Instructor: 2002-Present

●      Maintained a private studio of horn students in various places I have lived


Lecture Experience

Something Borrowed: Advancing Your Career through reimagining concert culture.

Arizona State University Horn Studio: 2015

Project Jumpstart Guest Presenter: 2013

            Indiana University

●     “Creating and Running a Successful Studio”- Lecture to the students of the Jacobs School of Music on how to create and run a private music studio in a saturated market

●      Jacobs School of Music Featured Entrepreneur

Academic Excellence Week Lecturer: 2009

University of Northern Colorado

●      “Benjamin Britten- A Composer for the People”- Lecture to faculty and students in celebration of academic excellence week

New Music Guest Presenter:  2010

San José State University

●      Presented lecture to composition faculty and students on writing new music for the horn


New Music Commissions

To Hold Your Head High Above the Water: 2016

  • Composed by Whitney George
  • Premiere at Chamber Music Campania
  • Premiere by Fiati Five

Double Horn Concerto: 2014

●      Composed by Jason Thorpe Buchanan

●      Premiere at the Eastman School of Music

●      Awarded the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Grant through the International Horn Society

●     March 2014 with Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble featuring myself and Jeff Nelsen

Come on, Rain Down: 2013

●      Composed by Ryan Chase       

●      Solo horn and string quartet

●      Premiered in Bloomington, Indiana

●      Themes based on the Radiohead song, “Paranoid Android”

Words Escape from Me: 2013

●      Composed by Tonia Ko

●      Solo horn and string quartet

●      Premiered in Bloomington, Indiana

Glass Echoes: 2012

●      Composed by Tonia Ko

●      Solo horn

●      Premiered in Bloomington, Indiana

The Point at Which Light Shines Through: 2010

●      Composed by Corey Keating

●      Three movement work for horn and piano

●      Premiered in Chicago, Illinois

Three Observations: 2008

●      Composed by Jason Thorpe Buchanan

●      Three movement work for horn and live electronics

●      Premiered in San José, California


Trio for Cello, Horn and Piano: 2007

●      Composed by Patrick Chan

●      Three moment work for cello, horn and piano

●      Premiered in San José, California


Entrepreneurship Experience

Artistic Fellow at Chamber Music Campania: 2013-Present

●      Cross-disciplinary chamber music festival in southern Italy

●      Participated in round-table discussions about the issues musicians are facing in the 21st   century such as:

●       Best practices for audience engagement

●      Confronting the Divide: the intersection of the "popular" and "classical" music industries 

●      Redefining the music-performance degree

●      The artistic viability of the self-funded musician 

●   Performed several concerts with the Fiati 5 woodwind quintet through innovative concerts at Non-traditional venues


Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Studio Forza: 2012- 2014

●      Music and art studio based in Bloomington, Indiana that offers accessible arts experiences designed to unleash the power of student’s creativity

●      Offers private lessons, group classes and events

●      Duties include, marketing, market research, website design and maintenance, poster design, concert organization, performing, bookkeeping, managing staff and teachers


Creator of “Be a Music Major for a day”                                                        2007-2011

            San José State University and University of Northern Colorado

●      Program designed to give high school students the music major life for a day

●      Used as an educational and recruitment tool

●      Duties included designing the schedule, organizing faculty performances, campus tours, t-shirt design, and marketing

Co-created Art and Music Concert                                                                                       2008

            Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity, San José, California

●      Concert featuring chamber music and new art inspired by the concert repertoire

●      Duties included securing venue, performers, artists, and marketing

●      Concert proceeds went to fund music education outreach program


Professional Memberships

International Horn Society: 2008-Present

Golden Key Society: 2008-Present

Mu Phi Epsilon: 2005-Present

             Inducted at San José State University, Phi Mu Chapter