I am 30 ears old, and was born and raised in North Huntington Pennsylvania. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts. I believe that music specifically unlocks self-expression, intelligence, and creativity, and I cannot imagine a life without it. Teaching music, acting, and singing is something that brings me great joy, I am passionately committed to my students and love the challenges and rewards that teaching has to offer!
Training and Experience:
I am a classical trained singer and musical theater actor. I studied vocal performance at Slippery Rock University with Dr. Colleen Gray. While I was at Slippery Rock I had the opportunity to perform in a variety of plays, musicals and operas. My favorite roles include Seymour Krelbourn in Little Shop of Horrors, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, and Jacques in Shakespeare's As you like it. I also had significant roles in Slippery Rock's main stage operas including King Melchior in Amahl and the night Visitors and Dr. Falked in Die Fledermaus. When I was a junior, I had the opportunity to perform in my first professional opera, Bellini's i capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus at the Benedum Center. After college I performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a singer in their Italian shows as well as their Christmas Show.
I have performed in operas, plays and musicals regionally around the country including Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York City. I recently workshopped a new musical called Front Page Girl, a musical based on life of Nellie Bly, who was a pioneer for women in the world of journalism. The musical was composed by David Friedman with a book written by Peter Kellogg. David Friedman is known for his work on the Today Show, his work with Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, and composing the Broadway musical 'Scandal' with Kathy Lee Gifford in 2012. Peter Kellogg is a two time Tony Award Nominee for his work in the musical adaptation of Anna Karenina. The opportunity to work with these two talented men was an experience I will never forget. I also had the pleasure of being nominated and winning a 2013 Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for my portrayal of Joseph Pulitzer in Front Page Girl.
My most recent project was playing the role of Reverend Shaw Moore in The Lamp Theatre's production of Footloose.
I taught private voice in college and at The Centerstage Academy of Performing Arts when I lived in Williamsburg. I recently moved back to Pittsburgh after living in New York City for just under three years. and I am ready to get back into private teaching! I specialize in teaching classical voice, musical theater, audition preparation, monologue preparation, and performance preparation. I have taught students both individually and in a group setting. The ages of my students have ranged anywhere from third grade to men and women into their sixties. As someone who has been in the business for a little over six years, I am confident that I have the tools to teach and prepare any student who has the passion, commitment and work ethic that it takes to succeed.
I had the privilege of teaching voice lessons at this great school in Yorktown Virginia when I was working at Busch Gardens as an entertainer in the fall of 2010.
I taught private voice as well as a group class with students that ranged from 8 years of age all the way up to men and women in their 60's.
I taught voice to middle school and high school students in the Slippery Rock area.