I think music is well appreciated and well learned when it is taught with passion. I believe that a student needs to enjoy what they are learning, if they are to truly excel in that filed. As a result, I always strive to find areas of music that students and passionate about, and then pursue those ideas, rather than following one strict form of pedagogy.
I am a classically trained pianist and organist. I've been studying the piano for 15 years, and the organ for 6 years. I have extensive experience with performing live, as well as teaching lessons. I studied music professionally when I earned my B.A. in Music last May. I'm able to teach Music Theory, Music History, and a variety of musical instruments.
B.A. Music, Houghton College, Houghton NY, Expected Graduation: May 2018
Relevant classes for Music Industry: Introduction to Pro Tools, Pro Tools Production I, Practicum in Sound and Recording, Introduction to Music Business, Introduction to Music Technology, History of Commercial Music, Music Publishing and Marketing, Artist Management, Survey of the Music Industry.
Pro Tools Certification anticipated May 2019
Master of Science in Psychology: Emphasis in Life Coaching, Grand Canyon University
Expected Graduation: March 2020
Songwriter’s and Studio Musicians Society, Founder & President (2016-2017)
The Songwriter’s and Studio Musicians Society is an exclusive group of talented musicians, specializing in creating, producing, recording and performing original music. Entrance by Audition only, as determined by the President and Vice President.
Composed the Club Constitution, and completed necessary petitions. Recruited thirty student members in the first 2 weeks.
Organized coffee house events and provided entertainment for various events around campus.
First group on campus to perform original songs live in the Chapel.
Organized a board of administrators, led club meetings, and maintained regular email contact with members.
Coached vocalists and taught songwriters how to produce their music.
Managed large numbers of people, coordinating with various departments across campus.
Achieved and maintained a healthy budget for development of private club resources.
Teaching Assistant for Music Industry Department September 2016 – March 2017
Taught students to use department resources such as the recording studio, Pro Tools 11 & 12, live sound equipment around campus (including an AVID VENUE sound board), and software in the departmental Mac lab.
Helped students to craft and complete assigned projects by teaching them how to capture emotion in sound and instrumental technique.
Led class lectures and class review sessions.
Provided individual tutoring and support to ensure the success of each student.
Solve technical problems in many different contexts and locations around campus.
Sound of Life Radio Station, Lake Katrine, NY June 2016 - July 2016
Learn how to program a radio show using STORQ, and maintain necessary records for the FRC.
Sit in during daily live shows.
Edit short advertising clips to be put on the air, compress songs and organize playlists for each hour of the day.
Interpersonal skills necessary to maintain a position in a small business.
Songwriter/Recording Engineer/Producer Experience:
Wrote, recorded, edited and mixed professional audio sound.
Worked with singers and musicians to create the best sound possible.
Handled the technical aspects of sound during live studio recording.
Scheduled all recording sessions
Registered copyrights for recorded demos
Organized live performances including band rehearsals, and technical set up of events.
5 songs performed lived between Fall 2015 and Spring 2017.
Wrote and recorded 60 piano/vocal demos
Built a private home recording studio, including state of the art equipment.
Music Industry Experience
Sound Crew Assistant, Houghton College, Houghton, NY January 2015-May 2017
Help to set-up equipment, run sound check, and mix live sound for large worship bands once per week.
Helped stage crew to build and load out equipment for TobyMac concert.
Set-up, sound check, and mix small groups of musicians for coffee house events.
Record recitals into Pro Tools
Work with a team to provide artists and bands with the technical support necessary for a successful show.
Run media in ProPresenter for worship events
Head of Audio for Prism, a high – profile Christmas show performed by the Houghton College School of Music in Rochester, Buffalo, and Houghton. December 2015
CLASSICAL PIANO TRAINING
Chopin, F, “Nocturne” Op.9, No,2.
Mussorgsky, Modeste, “Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade”. Debussy, Claude, “1st Arabesque”.
Debussy, Claud, “Clair de Lune”
Beethoven, L, “Moonlight Sonata” Op.27, No.2.
Newton, John, “Amazing Grace” arr. by Joe Galyon
Bach, J.S., “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”, BWV 645. Schumann, Robert, “Von Fremden Landern und Menschen” Schumann, Robert, “Traumerei”
Piano: Faith Compo, Ann Wyrick, Sandra Evans, JoAnne Schubert, Dr. Sharon Johnson, Dr. William Newbrough
Organ: JoAnne Schubert, Dr. Judy Condgon
Bach, J.S., Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 549. Bach, J.S., “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”. Langlais, Jean, “Suite Medievale” (excerpts). Buxtehude, Dietrich, “Toccata in F Major”.
Organ Recital in partial completion of B.A. Music anticipated May 2018.
Mid-Hudson Women’s Chorus, piano accompaniment October 2017-December 2017
Accompany group in weekly rehearsals, in preparation for concerts.
Keep track of repertoire for concerts, and prepare myself for various rehearsals and performance.
Accompany group in various performances, including at the St. James Methodist Church in Kingston, NY, and at a local nursing home.
Substitute Music Director, Grace Community Evangelical Free Church, Lake Katrine, NY 2012-present
Play piano for substitute worship band and lead worship 4 times per year
Accompanied adult choir, church orchestra, high school youth group, children’s choir,
Play piano for hymns and offertory once per month
Play piano and organ for funerals as needed
Play piano for various children’s ministries.
Play piano and organ for all aspect of the service including praise choruses, hymns, offertories, communion, and postlude as needed
Play piano for Christmas service at Ten Broek Commons Nursing Home
Played organ and piano for a wedding: August 2013
Play piano and organ for monthly hymn sings: Anticipated May 2018
Pianist and Organist, Wellsville Presbyterian Church of America, Wellsville, NY 2014-2016
Play piano and organ for hymns, preludes, postludes, and other service music.
Lead rehearsals, and help plan worship sets.
Arrive on time, and help to organize musicians and music.
Assign parts, arrange pieces to fit the service, and then lead in the execution of each piece.
Pianist and Organist, Red Hook Methodist Church, Red Hook, NY
February 2018 – June 2018
Play prelude, offertory, postlude, communion, hymns and various other pieces of music requested for the service.
Work with Pastor to choose music appropriate to a given Church Season.
Rehearse in the actual space, to become adequately prepared for excellent playing each Sunday.
Play piano and organ for funerals, weddings or other additional services. Rehearse with vocalists as requested for special services.
Accompany choir as per request.
Music Director, West York Church of the Brethren, West York, PA
Anticipated Start Date: September 2018
Work with the pastor to create church services that are holistic in theme and professional in execution.
Select music for, rehearse, and direct church choir. Accompany church choir as needed.
Play organ for any necessary preludes, postludes, choir accompaniment and/or hymn selections.
Play piano for contemporary forms of worship, lead the worship band including working with the pastor to select music, teaching new songs to vocalists, and completing any necessary orchestration.
Work with tech crew in terms of words being projected and any lighting needs. Perform any necessary musical tasks for special services that may come up.
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