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Jeffrey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2018

As an award-winning composer, whose music has been described as "what Renaissance composers would have written if they had heard gospel music," I enjoy being known for music that is both intellectually rigorous and pleasant to the ears. Amongst other things, I am also an active Horn Player and am an advocate of glass musical instruments, such as the Glass Harp.

I graduated from the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition, where I also studied Philosophy and Linguistics. I am currently working on a Master's Degree in World Arts with a minor in Linguistics at Dallas International University.

I have worked with ensembles such as the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Christ Church Fitchburg Choir, the Saxsquatches, and the A.D. Oliver Middle School to premiere new works. Likewise, I will be able to help students learn how to work with diverse groups of musical ensembles, and people.

As a Horn player, I have played as a soloist, as well as in chamber ensembles like brass quintets and wind quintets. Additionally, I have played in numerous different large ensembles, in all four horn parts, including principal horn, and held office in many of them as well; I was the head field conductor of my high school marching band, and the president of the Houghton Symphony Orchestra during the 2017-2018 season to name a few.

I am concerned that my students are able to not only become better musicians, but to become better people, both intellectually and in terms of moral character . In pursuit of these goals, I think that musicians should draw from other components of their life to help them understand their own music more effectively. Because of this policy, I am willing to teach students of any skill level, and help them with whatever their personal goals are, as well as to push them to see their own music from other points of view.

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Experience

Keyboard Accompanist
Sep 2017 - May 2018
Presbyterian Church of Wellsville

I played piano and organ, as well as helped with rehearsals for weekly worship services at the Church's facilities weekly. I occasionally also sang and played horn as well.

Composer in Residence
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

Education

Master in World Arts
Aug 2018 - Present
Center of Excellence in World Arts at Dallas International University
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Aug 2014 - May 2018
Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

A.D. Oliver Middle School Choir Commissioning Contest
May 2018
A.D. Oliver Middle School
Ensemble Ibis International Composition Competition College Level Honorable Mention
Dec 2016
Frost School of Music
Mark Twain Scholar
Jun 2014
Chemung County

Affiliations

Society of Composers Inc.
Sep 2014

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

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