I worked as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Orleans for ten years and the Director of Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for seven years. I was also assistant director of the New Orleans Civic Symphony for about five years. (I also conducted a recent concert, December 2016.) I moved to New Orleans from Georgia where I was the founder and director of the Milledgeville Singers Guild, Director of Choirs at Central High School (Magnet for the Arts) in Macon, Georgia, and Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville. I have served on the faculty of Georgia College & State University (as Dir. of Choral Activities) and at Shenandoah Conservatory (as Adjunct Professor of Choral Literature and Conducting). I received my Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina, a Masters in Conducting from Emory University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from USC in Columbia, SC. I have had the good fortune to work with such distinguished American conductors as Larry Wyatt, Manuel Alvarez, Alfred Calabrese, Dale Warland, and Robert Page (those last two gentlemen in workshops). I have also worked overseas in workshops with Boris Tevlin of the Moscow Conservatory, Helène Guy of the Paris Conservatory, Professor Marin Tchonev and Maestro Milko Kolarov, both from Varna, Bulgaria.
While in Atlanta at Emory University, I taught in the Atlanta public school system, chaired my district Honor Chorus, and participated in four Grammy-winning recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw and Yoel Levi. Singing with Robert Shaw was like grad school in itself! While at USC, I was the director of the Early Music Ensemble and an assistant for the Concert Choir and Columbia Choral Society. I have prepared choruses for concerts, workshops, tours, and a year 2000 Carnegie Hall performance. In addition to participating in numerous choral workshops in the US, I have attended the Varna International Conductors Symposium six times. After three of the workshops, I taught short classes on American Music and Music Education in association with the University of Varna, Bulgaria. I took a group of students to Bulgaria in May 2008. If you have never visited Bulgaria, let me tell you that it is an incredibly wonderful experience!
Check out this article by UNO on my upcoming Feb 2 adventure of getting to tweet and attend the "State of NASA" at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi! http://www.uno.edu/news/2015/UniversityofNewOrleansChoralDirectorShootsfortheStarswithNASA.aspx