I started singing at the ripe old age of 20. At 26, I have successfully completed two music degrees (Associates and BM) and I sing professionally as a soloist/chorister for numerous choirs and churches around town including Sacra/Profana, Musica Vitale, SD Pro Arte Voices and the San Diego Opera.
I am the founder and director of a brand new choral ensemble called Folklore, pairing professional singers with standout high school students. We perform a variety of music like pieces from video games and sacred songs from the Renaissance era.
I direct a choral program at St. Martin of Tours in La Mesa, Ca where I teach my choir solfeggio, music theory, and vocal techniques to perform a variety of music on a weekly basis. Currently, the choir has an age bracket of 13 - 85 so I am always coming up with ways to relate to different levels of experience and voice type.
I have been playing piano for about three years and it is my main tool for writing music.
At San Diego State University, I majored in World Music so that I could take composition classes and learn more about different cultures of music. While attending, I was a member of the SDSU Chamber Singers, Aztec Concert Choir, and the Javanese Gamelan ensemble.
I have taken private voice lessons under Enrique Toral at SDSU, Ken Anderson at Grossmont College, Martin Wright who is the chorus master of the Berlin Opera and Timothy Todd Simmons who directs the New Orleans Opera Chorus.
In my spare time I like to go on hikes with my dog, dabble in photography, antique shopping, go to the mountains, watch national geographic, and figure out the chord progressions of songs on the radio.
*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is an opportunity for both of us to learn about our musicianship. I generally let my students pick the repertoire we work on unless they prefer otherwise. You want to work on a Maroon 5 song? Great. You want to learn a French Aria or a Beethoven Sonata? Awesome, if you're physically and mentally ready for it. I encourage communication between myself and my students in between lessons to keep up to date about progress and encourage practicing (a week apart makes a big difference!)
Vocal lessons will always begin with a thorough warm-up, ear training exercises, and education on how our diaphragm/vocal chords/ head acoustics work together. I encourage music theory and sight-singing in voice lessons but I understand that not everyone is as nerdy as I am.
Piano lessons will always include warm ups on scales and some level of sight-reading. For pop or jazz players, ear training exercises like playing with the radio will also occur in lesson.
My in-home studio includes a 100 year old upright Steinway piano, plenty of seating for parents, a music stand, and plenty of parking on the street in front of my house.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, recording studio, music stand, couch and chair for parents.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand, metronome, a mirror and textbooks. Students should have access to a piano and a printer/ copier.
*** Specialties ***
Voice- Classical, pop, jazz, and R&B.
Piano- Classical and pop
Composition- Choir/ Orchestra, Arranging
I assist in conducting the choral evensong service a few times a month.
I conduct the professional choral ensemble, Folklore- A Music Guild.
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I sing in Angel's choir at St. Martin of Tours. He warms us up every rehearsal, demonstrates proper technique, and has enough patience to keep all of us old volunteers in line. I've sang in choirs for the past 15 years and he is the first director to teach me music theory, which has in turn helped us learn music faster. He's quite ambitious and has shown virtuosic growth over the past few years that I've been with him. The music program of the church has grown tremendously since he has taken over. It's quite obvious that he is going to do big things in his future, we're lucky to have him now.