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I received my Doctorate in Music Composition from UW-Madison and my Master of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Music Theory from UW-Milwaukee. I’ve been teaching at UW Washington County since 1994. At UW-Washington County, I have taught Music History, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Literature & Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music, World Music, and Jazz History & Appreciation. I also give composition lessons and saxophone lessons.
Besides teaching, I conduct the Moraine Symphonic Band (the university's band), the Washington County Youth Orchestra (WCYO), the River City Irregulars (RCI - an adult community band in West Bend), and have guest conducted several ensembles. I am also the director of Still Waters’ United Methodist church adult choir. In addition, I play in a saxophone ensemble.
I have been married to a wonderful woman named Beth since 1980. Currently, she is the Director of Information Technology at Strattec Securities Corporation (they make locks and keys for cars – GM, Chrysler, Ford, and a few others). She received her Master’s degree in Information Technology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Il. We have two children: Alaina, 24, and Tristan, 19, and one cute grandchild: Gabriel, 1 1/2. We live in Jackson, Wisconsin.
I am a concert music composer (classical style) and my first symphony - my doctoral dissertation – was premiered a few years ago. My current project is my second symphony that celebrates my wife’s and my 25th wedding anniversary.
Both my wife and I are computer geeks. She has her Master's degree in Information Technology, has served as president of the Wisconsin E-Business Forum. She also heads the technology team of a global automotive alliance. I am the chairperson of the technology committee for the University of Wisconsin Colleges' Music Department and had served as chairperson of the technology committee for the University of Wisconsin-Washington County.