As a full-time professional musician, I am constantly involved in a diverse array of musical activities. Here is what I have been up to in some of my various roles:
Starting in March of 2020, almost all of my teaching has migrated to a ‘virtual’ format, using Zoom/FaceTime/Skype to teach remotely for (hopefully) obvious reasons. Teaching via internet has raised some interesting challenges but overall has been far more effective than I initially thought possible. It has also created opportunities that weren’t possible before - aside from being to teach in my pajamas and always having a hot mug of herbal tea at hand, I’ve been able to take on non-local students and extend my musical community into the wider world.
After 18 months of ‘virtual’ choir rehearsals, it was a real treat to move back to in-person (masked) rehearsals with two of my regular choirs in the fall of 2022. We have been able to hit the ground running because both groups continued regular online meetings since March 2020. During that time, both groups were able to complete a number of recording projects through the magic of technology. I pre-recorded piano accompaniments, sent them to the singers, and each singer recorded their own part at home, then sent them back to me. I was able to then synchronize and blend each part along with the accompaniment to create a finished product worthy of YouTube. It was a big challenge for the singers to record this way and I’m happy with how well the results turned out.
This season (2022-23) I am continuing to accompany both Satori Men's Chorus and the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Choristers; in January I am very much looking forward to the return of in-person rehearsals and performances with Shine Children's Chorus.
I’ve been slowly expanding my clientele and enjoying working with a diverse array of styles. Please head over to my new website to check out some of my recent work.
I have also been up to a variety of other musical pursuits, including a DJ performance at an electronic music festival in Southern California, playing bass in the house band for the national conference of the Unitarian Universalist Association, recording piano parts for some local artists, and constantly working to improve my jazz piano skills.