Because of my restless intellect and curiosity, I’ve delved into several fields in my life to satiate that thirst for understanding; consequently, my desire to learn has given me a unique career path.
Naturally I’ve had a great deal of assistance along the way—from friends and family, mentors, professional colleagues and sometimes folks with whom I don’t even have a relationship. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my life is that if I’m brave enough to ask for help I almost never get turned down. Asking for help isn’t particularly difficult for me and I’m grateful that there have been people who made sure that their hands were always extended.
After more than one decade away from scholarly research and publication I've started writing again. Recently I submitted two articles: "Who Actually Sang Cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" and "Liszt and His Contemporaneous Conductors." Both will be published in Spring 2019. Moreover, GIA of Chicago will release my book on 19th-century choral performance practice, Sing Romantic Music Romantically in late Summer 2019.
One of my most enjoyable positions was at The Citadel. I was Director of Music for the Catholic Campus Ministry. I conducted a cadet choir end played Mass every Sunday evening. We took two trips each year and the cadets sang beautifully—especially since almost none of them read music. I will carry only fond memories of my time there.