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What if Satie wrote a 4th Gymnopédie?

When I heard the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat and Tear’s arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie #1, it started a long love affair of listening to and playing the beautiful music of this eccentric French composer. A few years ago I was sight-reading through an anthology of his piano music. When I reached the “Trois Gymnopédies”, […]

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Rest in Peace, Sybil

I fell in love with Sybil, the youngest daughter of the Crawley family on the TV series, Downton Abbey. Born into an aristocratic, wealthy family in Yorkshire, England, yet she went to nursing school, and helped care for the wounded soldiers who had returned from the war. Many servants worked and resided in the huge, […]

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Adagio sostenuto from Moonlight Sonata

When I was around 16, I played the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata for a solo and ensemble event in Mansfield, Ohio. I had always loved music, but at that time I was perched on a precipice, ready to jump into a free fall of immersion in the magical world of melodies and harmonies. […]

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Music in the Air

Greetings! This Friday the 13th (mwahahaha) my junior high and high school piano and voice students and I are performing a program with aerialists from AsaBela Studio, which is run by Juliana Burrell, a professional aerialist and teacher. This should be quite a unique program! The aerialists often perform with recorded music, so they are […]

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“Last to Cry” Release

Greetings!!! Announcing the release of “Last to Cry”, a rather epic 7 minute song I co-wrote with Kirstin Craven. It is now on YouTube and CDBaby, and will soon be on iTunes!!! So far people have compared the song to Ben Folds and David Bowie. It reminds me a bit of Simon and Garfunkel, even though there are […]

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Haiyan Relief Concert and Auction on Sunday, November 17th

I have the privilege of performing for this Sunday’s concert to assist the American Red Cross in their efforts to raise money and support for the Philippines. PLease join me and other performers for a concert and auction at the St. Paul Catholic Center at 7:00 pm. View more information by clicking HERE.

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Piano and Voice Recital, Sunday Nov. 10th at 5pm!

You are invited to be in the audience for a concert featuring my piano and voice students, this Sunday, Nov. 10th, at 5 pm, at: The First Presbyterian Church, 221 E. 6th St. Bloomington, Indiana, 47408 Selections range from piano music of Chopin, Beethoven, and Scott Joplin, to pop songs by Rihanna and David Bowie, […]

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In Production: Last to Cry Music Video

Hello everyone, We have completed 3 shoots for the Last to Cry music video, and we have two more to go, but I thought you might enjoy perusing some stills from our footage so far. So here is a sneak peek:  

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“Together in Peace” Covered by Bloom Magazine

Thanks to Jeremy Shere at Bloom Magazine for writing a marvelous article on the title track from my upcoming album, Together in Peace. If you have a paper copy of the June/July issue, the article is on page 24. If not, go here for the online version that also includes the music video. Here are […]

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“My Favorite Valkyrie” Update

When I was a student at Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, I took an excellent class called “The Songs of Gershwin, Kern, and Berlin”, taught by Jeffrey Magee. For our final project, we had to collaborate with a classmate and write a song in the style of one of these composers. My classmate and […]

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