Biography

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I have a passion for writing, creating, and performing music that communicates truth, and for teaching tomorrow's musical leaders so that they can do the same.

I hold a doctorate in piano performance from Michigan State University, studying under Deborah Moriarty, and a master's degree in music composition from Western Michigan University. I spent 14 years on the music faculty at Cornerstone University, and currently serve as Assistant Professor of Theory and Musicianship at Calvin University, where I teach theory, composition, music technology, and piano.  I am also an active professional keyboard player, having played for everything from the Grand Rapids Symphony and Opera Grand Rapids to the national tours of Wicked, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Waitress, and many other major broadway musicals.

I have released one recording featuring my own piano solo arrangements of traditional hymns, and most recently released my first full-length worship CD, Messes to Miracles, featuring eleven original worship songs.

Current creative projects include a choral setting of Isaiah 53, several new contemporary worship songs, and an instrumental suite in the jazz / fusion / ambient music genre.

I live in Grand Rapids, MI with my family.