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         I was born and grew up on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula in a home with musical influence: my mother has spent her career playing and teaching trumpet and conducting symphony orchestras, and my father is an avid listener and concert goer.

    Growing up I studied piano with Sara Doniac and guitar with Greg Vaughn in Palo Alto, CA.  Violin was my first instrument, which I began at age seven, and I played flute briefly.  My early years of piano were the first to show I had talent.  I took up guitar in high school and focused on it exclusively until college, when I resumed piano.  I have since pursued both piano and guitar, as well as violin and viola. 

    At Menlo Atherton High School in Atherton, CA, I was guitarist in the jazz band under direction of Frank Moura.  Our band toured Europe during the Summer of 1992, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and at various other locations in Germany, France and elsewhere in the Netherlands and Switzerland.  During the same period, two other band-mates and I formed an instrumental rock and jazz trio called Triarchy that performed mostly original material.  We performed frequently in the Palo Alto, CA vicinity, often for pay.

    From 1993-95 I attended University of Oregon as a music major, studying jazz and classical theory and improvisation with Steve Owen and jazz guitar with Don Latarski.  I also took psychology courses and was drawn back to California after finishing my second year at UO, completing a BA in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz in 1997.  Pursuit of music never  diminished despite my academic shift, however. 
Throughout college I practiced in much of my spare time and collaborated with other musicians, and completed additional music courses after college, including improvisation and theory with renowned trumpeter and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA. 

    Since college I have continued developing on my instruments and performing in the Bay Area alongside various non-music related jobs.  In 2003 I started teaching privately in the Berkeley, CA area, and in early 2006 was able to leave a job at a health insurance company to teach and perform full-time.  

In recent years I have developed as a baritone chorister, performing with numerous Bay Area choral institutions including San Francisco Choral Society, Bay Area Classical Harmonies (BACH) and Berkeley West Edge Opera.  In addition to teaching and performing, I collaborate with a number of Bay Area musicians for performance and recording of many types.                   


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