So positive and comfortable was my reaction to music at the age of 7 when I began violin lessons, that within a short period of time I realized that I would devote my life to some form of music. I was soon playing other instruments—clarinet, oboe, flute and piano. In high school I participated in band, chorus, jazz band and orchestra and was concertmaster of Pennsylvania District and State Orchestras and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. Study in organ and viola began in college.
After two years of teaching in public schools in Pennsylvania and New York and a year of graduate study, I was invited to join the faculty of my alma mater. I taught there for 22 years, chairing the Music Department for 11 years. Wanting to pursue a more active career in other areas of music, I left the school, although I continued my relationship with academia as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Humanities at Penn State Harrisburg (Pennsylvania).
My interest in church music began at an early age when, along with my siblings, I was recruited to sing in the children’s choir in my home church. My first professional experience came at the age of 18 when I was appointed organist in a Lutheran church. Since that time I have held church positions in various denominations in several states. At present I am Organist/Choirmaster at Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church in Camp Hill, PA, a position I have held for more than 25 years.
In addition to my work in higher education, composition and church music, I teach violin, viola and composition privately.
B.S. in Music Education, Lebanon Valley College
M.A. in Theory, Eastman School of Music
Ph.D. in Musicology, The Catholic University of America
Additional graduate study at Teachers’ College of Columbia University
and Westminster Choir College.