So this is the about me section? I’m not quite sure what to put here. Maybe start at the beginning? I was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. I always loved music class as a child, Mr. Luksetich was the best general music teacher EVER! I began my studies on trombone in 5th grade. Mr. Keeney was my band director then. Many years later I would become the teacher as he took voice lessons from me for some time. I continued with trombone until my freshman year of high school when I stopped music to pursue sports. I’m tall, like really tall, so the coaches wanted me on the football and basketball teams. I had played sports my entire life, alongside my music making, but a minor heart surgery sidelined me forever from organized sport. So I joined choir. Mr. Michael Fallon would help shape my future by involving me in choir, musicals, and show choir for four years. I played electric bass for the jazz band my sophomore-senior years. I re-joined band my junior year, only this time playing euphonium. Mr. Chris Pitlik would teach me what dedication and hard work were through marching, concert, and jazz band seasons. I attended Western Michigan University where I majored in voice. I studied privately with Dr. David Little, Professor Linda Trotter, and Dr. Carl Ratner. I sang in choirs under the tutelage of Mr. Jeremy Landig, Dr. Amanda Quist, Dr. Joe Miller, and Dr. James Bass. I was extremely fortunate to travel the world while attending WMU, singing in Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Bulgaria.
My professional career began at 17 years old. I was hired by Chicago Music Director Nick Sula and White Horse Theatre Company to play bass for Songs for a New World. I would return to White Horse to play a few more productions. Our production of Merrily We Roll Along would go on to win a Jeff Award for Best Music (congrats Nick!). I continued playing at least one show a year from then on. I began teaching private voice in 2005, moved back to Chicago in 2008 and pursued a singing and teaching career here. Through my work in music I have made many life long friends.
When I am not immersed in music, I enjoy spending time with my family, lifting weights, and playing hockey. You’ve got to stay rounded, right?
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