I grew up as an Army brat, so life consisted of a lot of moving, making new friends every year or two, and adapting to new surroundings. One thing that remained consistent throughout these times was my upbringing in the Lutheran Church and, more specifically, being immersed in the rich musical traditions of the Church. After years of moving, Colorado was where I found roots of some temporary sort. I enjoyed being able to study organ while my mother was organist at Ascension Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs while finishing out high school at Colorado Springs Christian School. I studied violin performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music along with Political Science, and continued my gypsy-like travels after graduation, moving to Richland, Washington State to continue my work as a church musician. After moving back and forth a couple times between Richland and Denver, my wife of 9 years, and my 5 year old son and I decided to set down roots in Englewood, CO.
Music has been a part of my life since day one and I consider it one of the greatest gifts from God. I was blessed to have a mother who happened to be a classically trained pianist/organist and my piano lessons started at the age of 3. I picked up the violin a year or two later and started playing in church and community orchestras. After years of hard work, I had the opportunity to tour with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony to Australia and New Zealand in 1998 and Eastern Europe in 2000.
In regards to the church, I feel I have a calling to share the music of the organ, something I consider very special and in danger of vanishing over time. The Lutheran Church has a rich history of music from J.S. Bach to Felix Mendelssohn to Johann Pachelbel and I feel a “mission” to share these masterful works of art with the congregations these songs were written for.
How You Can Help Me
I need willing listeners and open hearts! Sing the hymns loud and proud! (Every once in awhile, I forget which verse I’m on during the hymns and I need the loud singers to help me find the right one!)
How I Can Help You
If you’re interested in organ…