To teach aspiring musicians, and heighten my skills as an educator, performer, composer, and conductor.


1994: Masters of Science in Teaching, Emphasis in Composition, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Graduate Assistant.
1992: Bachelors of Music in Performance, Portland State University. Deans' Lists for the School of Music and the School of Arts.
1990: Associate of Math, Mount Hood Community College, Portland, Oregon.

Teaching Experience:

2004-present: Director of the 2nd jazz ensemble at Evergreen High School. Weekly lessons with private students on double bass, electric bass and cello in both the jazz and classical genres, as well as providing private instruction in music composition. Contracted position with the Beaverton Arts Communications Academy coaching string players and rhythm sections.

2002-2003: Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR. Director of String Ensemble. Responsible for recruiting and leading the NW Orchestra Festival, teaching music theory, sight singing and ear training as well as teaching first year algebra.

2002-2003: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI. Adjunct Bass Faculty.

2001: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Guest Clinician/Lecturer: Upright vs Electic Bass.

2001: Big 8 String Conference, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Bass Clinician.

1997-1999: Wisconsin Youth Symphony; Member of Audition Committee & Coach/bass section.

1997-1999: Solo and Ensemble Competition; adjudicator for string performers.

1996-1997: Lodi High School, assisted with coaching and played bass for high school musicals.

1993-1998: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Adjunct Bass Faculty.

1992-1994: Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. Graduate Assistant teaching Bass Repertoire, Jazz Combo, Rhythm Section Assistant Conductor of the PSU Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Second Jazz Ensemble.

1993: Orchestra Camp, Portland, Oregon. Chamber Music Society of Oregon.

1992: Rhythm is King Workshop, Walla Walla, Washington. Selected as resident bass instructor.

1990-1992: Artists in Education , Portland, Oregon. Resident bass and rhythm instructor for area high schools.

1989-1991: Jazz Society of Oregon , Portland, Oregon. Awarded grants to teach junior and senior high school bass students.

1989-1991: Mount Hood Community College, Portland, Oregon. Tutorial staff in math and music history.

1988-1990: Mount Hood Community College, Portland, Oregon. Guest artist/instructor for bass master classes.

1988-1989: Jefferson High School, Portland, Oregon. Guest artist/instructor for stage band workshops.

1987: Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon. Bass master class.

Private Study:

1995: Steven Lester, Bassist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
1988-1994: Ken Baldwin, Associate Principal Bassist, Oregon Symphony Orchestra.
1994: Gary Karr, Bass Master Class, University of Oregon.
1993: John Clayton, Professor of Jazz Bass, USC; formerly principal bassist, Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
1989-1993: International Society of Bassists, Bass Symposium, University of Southern California and University of Arizona.
1985-1989: Joe Lescher, Double Bass, Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Other Private Study:

Paul Ellison, Professor of Classical Bass, USC.
Hamilton Chiefetz, Professor of Violoncello, Portland State University.
David Schiff, Professor of Composition, Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Received $200 grant from the Jazz Society of Oregon to study with Mr. Schiff.
Lawrence Wolfe, Francois Rabbath, Ray Brown, Jeff Bradetich, Rufus Reid, John Pattituci. Master classes at the ISB convention in 1988.
Lawrence Angel. Double Bass Master Class.
Frank Diliberto, Principal Bassist, Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Awards and Scholarships:

1992-94: Graduate Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
1991: Albertson Award for Musical Performance, Portland State University. Accompanied by financial compensation of $1,000.
1989: Hennessey Jazz Search, bassist for Mel Brown Sextet. First place in national competition.
1988: International Society of Bassists Jazz Bass Competition. Second place award accompanied by financial compensation of $1,000.
1978: Certificates of Merit for Musical Performance, Mount Hood Community College.