Community

One of my goals as a music educator is to contribute to the social and cultural development of the community through the musical arts. I personally believe that music and music education can be a source of inspiration that enriches individual lives and advances the collective wellbeing of our community and society.

What follows is a list of service activities, fine arts committees, regional competitions, festivals, and clinics to which I have had the pleasure of being involved.

Service

Assistant Program Director, iAM Music
Non-Profit Music School, Durango Colorado

Provides music education for charter schools of Durango, teaching elective music courses such as theory and performance ensembles, and culminating in performance showcases. I work with Animas High School and Big Picture Academy.

Master Instructor, UpBeat Percussion Program
Sponsored by UA College of Fine Arts Music Outreach Initiative
2016-2019

Modeled with the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Arts outreach initiative to provide fine-arts, standard based music curriculum for highly in-need public schools, UpBeat is a percussion-based music program that helps students understand what it takes to be an integrated, successful, and complete person. Weekly in-class co-teaching for elementary general education music programs.

Leadership

Advisor, Percussive Arts Society’s Interactive Drumming Committee
Since 2016

The Interactive Drumming Committee promotes the highest expression of the art of facilitation through educational resources and programing for the purposes of enhancing the wellbeing of all populations through facilitated, rhythm-based experiences.

Committee member, Southwest Civic Winds, 2015-2016

The mission of the Southwest Civic Winds is to provide a cultural resource that offers a musical program of the highest standard so that area musicians may rehearse and perform quality wind band literature for audiences to enjoy at very affordable prices. Served as percussion chair and committee member.

Founder, Southwest Civic Winds Percussion Ensemble, 2015-2016

In association with the Southwest Civic Winds, this all-volunteer Percussion Ensemble uses the talent and dedication of its members to perform intriguing percussion chamber music while simultaneously educating audiences and students throughout the Four-Corners region about the possibilities and wonders of percussion. Recent performances include the Ignacio Fine Arts Festival.

Program Development

Program Coordinator, Tocálo Tucson Percussion Chamber Event
Since 2018

Based out of Tucson, AZ this week long percussion chamber event offers percussionists from around the globe the opportunity to work closely with distinguished guest faculty members, preparing two concerts that feature the world premieres of several new pieces for percussion. Recent guest faculty have included Morris Palter, Bob Becker, Anders Åstrand, Casey Cangelosi, Bill Cahn, and composer Matthew Burtner.

Education and Performance

Residency at Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
March 2019

Visit featured a full-length evening concert, a percussion masterclass for the community, and a rehearsal for Tiger Dance, for solo marimba and percussion ensemble.

Clinic, Percussive Arts Society Arizona Days of Percussion
Phoenix, AZ
March 2017

The clinic demonstrated technical and musical ideas for accessory percussion instruments.

Performance, Percussive Arts Society Arizona Days of Percussion
Tucson, AZ
March 2019

Trio performance of Xenakis’s Okho for hand drums.

Adjudication

Arizona Honor Wind Band, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
2017-2018

Adjudicated the final round of percussion auditions for the 2017 and 2018 Arizona High School Honor Band. Weekend further included a performance, clinic, and directed rehearsal.

Arizona All-State Audition Workshop, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
2018, 2019

Workshop demonstrating practice techniques in a masterclass-style setting for high school percussionists audition for Arizona All-State Wind Band. Presented alongside Jacob Ransom.

Percussive Arts Society Arizona Days of Percussion, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
2019

Judging solo competition alongside colleagues.