I grew up on a small cattle farm outside St. Louis, MO in a town called Alton, Illinois. I first began playing the piano when my parents bought me a little 61 note electric keyboard in 1st grade. I would teach myself after school, and it wasn’t until I was in middle school that I began taking lessons with a sweet lady who played organ at my home church. From there, I was fortunate enough to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, where I received my first formal instruction on organ from Thomas Bara. That summer I fell in love with the organ, so I applied to the Interlochen Arts Academy for my senior year of high school, where I graduated in 2007.
In 2008, I was fortunate to travel to Germany to study organ with Ludgar Lohman, which was sponsored by East Carolina University, where I attended my freshman year of college. From there, I followed my instructor Janette Fishell to her appointment at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where I stayed to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance, and my Master’s Degrees in Choral Conducting and Organ Performance. Fortunately, while I was studying at IU, I was close to a big city (if you call Indianapolis “big”) where I was able to work as Organist/Choirmaster at All Saint’s Episcopal Church. I spent four years with that parish, and I fell in love with the traditions and liturgy of the Episcopal church, so much so that in 2013 I became a confirmed Episcopalian.
In my last year at IU, I met my wife, Elisabeth, who is a cellist and orchestra teacher who was studying Music Education at IU. We moved to Atlanta and were married in 2014. In our first year in the South, I served as the Organist/Choirmaster at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and taught general music classes to kindergarten and first graders at the Paideia School, where Elisabeth is also an orchestra director. For the past year, I have served as the Interim Director of Choral Music at the Westminster Schools.
I am so honored to be back in the Episcopal church and to have the opportunity to serve the St. Paul’s community.