He is a
clarinettist and teacher who took his musical studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he received a Fine Arts Award and
the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Earl V. Moore
Award in Music. He took further
studies in orchestral clarinet performance after The Music Academy of the
West gave him a Whitaker Advanced Study Grant.
His debut as a
soloist came when he performed Clarinet
Concerto by Carl Neilsen. He later won the first prize when he
took part in the Kingsville International Solo Competition as well as
reaching the finals of the Fischoff Chamber Music
Competition, where he won a medal.
the University of Michigan in 2003 he took on the position of
Principal Clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony.
Hall in 2005 he performed the world premiere of Brooklyn
Bridge, which is a clarinet concerto by Michael
Daugherty. Three years later,
in 2008, he became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician has seen him performing
nationally and internationally with orchestras and ensembles that include
the Colorado Music Festival, Corpus Christi Wind Symphony, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Kansas City Chamber
Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the University of
Michigan Symphony Orchestra, The Walden Chamber Players and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He has also been a participant
at the Hot Springs Music Festival and the National Orchestra Institute and
performed with Andover Chamber Music.
has performed on include the premiere recording of Brooklyn
Bridge as well as Michael Daugherty: Raise the Roof with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Chris
Botti: Live in Boston with the Boston Pops
In the field of musical education he has been a faculty
member of the New England Conservtory, held masterclasses at the University
of Kansas, the University
of Missouri-Kansas and the
University Michigan. He also
visited the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2007 as a guest professor.