Master of Music in Commercial Music
California State University, Los Angeles – Graduated June 2014
The Commercial Music program at Cal State LA is particularly rigorous, demanding substantial effort from its students. The program covers many practical areas relevant to being a modern-day musician including performance, composition and arranging,
recording arts, commercial songwriting, and film scoring.While at CSULA, I studied jazz voice under the instruction of Cathy Segal-Garcia, a fantastic mentor and educator and was an active member of the Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallée, as well as the Commercial Music Ensemble, led by Ross Levinson. The commercial music professors, Ross Levinson and Steve Wight are highly respected individuals in the LA music community, and I’m honored to have learned so much from them in two years. My thesis/project report was a full-length studio record that I wrote, performed, and produced myself. It is currently available on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library digital reserves.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania – Graduated May 2010
This is where I learned the fundamentals that I have truly built my musical pursuits on. As a voice student, I studied the standard classical repertoire under the direction of Dr. Anne Ortega. It was here that I developed my tenor voice, learned the building blocks of music theory, and truly developed my musical foundation. Studying here gave me a deep appreciation for classical music, something that I’m still passionate about to this day. In April of 2010 I completed a 60-minute vocal recital, a requirement for graduation, performing a wide range of classical and 20th century pieces by composers such as Charles Ives, Robert Schumann,
Poulenc, and more. My fondest memories will always be of my time spent at Edinboro University. Here, I got a world-class education that I am eternally thankful to have received.