Artistic prof PA
President and Music Director
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
Years in current position: 12
Years in the field: 20
B.S. Music Education
Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, Oregon
Internationale Bachakademie, Stuttgart, Germany
Europaishe Musikfest, Stuttgart, Germany
Classical Music Seminar, Eisenstadt, Austria
St. Petersburg Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia
Conductor, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra
Artistic Director and Conductor, Choral Society of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
General Music Director, Luzerne Music Festival, New York
Adjunct Faculty, Montgomery County Community College, Pennsylvania
Faculty, Temple University Music Preparatory Division
Artistic Director, Arts at Andalusia, Andalusia Foundation, Pennsylvania
Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, Temple University Opera Theater, Pennsylvania
Assistant to Artistic Director, Illinois Opera Theater, University of Illinois
What are the most surprising, interesting or challenging aspects of your day-to-day work?
Each day brings a new set of challenges when running a non-profit organization. The most challenging aspect of my work is to continually build upon prior success.
What inspired you to work for an orchestra?
I’ve always wanted to teach music. With a youth orchestra, I get to work with the best and brightest young people from my community.
What were your first steps toward an orchestra career?
I took advantage of all opportunities, and I sought opportunities that I believed would help guide and develop my career as a professional educator, musician, conductor, and administrator.
What advice would you offer to someone considering the orchestra field?
Immerse yourself in your work. Be prepared to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you don’t wish to put in that kind of time and effort, then this business is not really for you.
Any other advice?
Be prepared, conduct yourself professionally, and seek as much experience during your learning years as possible.