Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I wanted to take this time to “officially” introduce myself and provide you with a few fun facts to better get to know me.
I received my musical training from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. I graduated in May 2003 with both a Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance and a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and in May 2009, I received my Masters of Music in Music Education. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University. I have two classes, three qualifying exams, and a dissertation to go. I will be attending my Residency (in Boston) this September. This past October, I finished the Music Foundations Program at the dubspot School for Electronic Music in New York City.
I have been teaching 4th and 5th grade instrumental music in Baltimore County for the past thirteen years. I currently teach beginning band and strings at Joppa View Elementary School and Seneca Elementary school. At Joppa View, I also teach two bucket bands, a jazz band, and run an electronic music club. I am looking forward to my new honorary membership in the Seneca Dance Team. I recently produced an EDM track, “Give it Some Bass” for the dance squad and will be helping with special black light effects.
On the rare occasion that I am not involved in something musical, I can be found with my nose in book, playing Yahtzee, or shopping for my action figure collection. I collect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man, and She-Ra action figures and memorabilia. I also enjoy shopping for a new pair of kicks, usually Vans, and eating lots of pizza at Ledo’s! If I happen to be in front of the TV, I am probably watching Flip or Flop or Love It or List It on HGTV.
I am extremely honored that you have chosen me to fill the position of Music Director here at Loch Raven. We have decided to split the numerous music responsibilities between Cynthia and myself. Cynthia will be leading the choir, accompanying the worship services on piano, and overseeing the orchestra. I will continue to lead the praise team, lead Remedy, oversee Special Music, and take care of the numerous administrative tasks.
My goal is to continue using music to worship God and His Church. Music is a valuable teaching tool. It helps us memorize words, understand scriptures in today’s language, fosters unity by bringing all of our voices together, and provides a unique offering of praise to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I am humbled that you have chosen me to prepare the musical offerings each Sunday.
In His Service,