I played trombone in my early years, learning music from my father, who was a music teacher and played trombone in the Quad City Symphony. In high school I found myself drawn to voice. I received a music education degree in voice at Illinois State University, and studied voice with James Parks. But although my career as a computer programmer took me down a different path, music has always remained important.
As with most kids growing up in the 60s, I was also drawn to guitar and am largely self-taught. Along the way I received classical guitar training with Scott Kritzer. I have spent much of my musical life playing and composing for classical guitar.
I have received no formal training as a composer. In recent years, I have been exploring the color and expression of other instruments. I am a long-standing member of Portland Guitar Society, regularly involved in Portland Classical Revolution, and am a member of Cascadia Composer Association.