Composer & Keyboardist
||Extensive practical experience in the composition and production of diverse music encompassing live instrumentation, samples, vocals, MIDI sequencing, structured improvisation, and creative sound design.
||Versatile keyboard improvisation skills grounded in classical piano technique.
||Working knowledge of MIDI, sampling, waveform manipulation and digital audio editing.
||Theatrical experience in various technical and artistic roles including: composer, director, stage manager, scriptwriter, music director/bandleader, production assistant, sound technician, music consultant, music editor, and orchestra pit musician.
||15+ years of experience as a musical accompanist for modern dance/ballet programs and companies.
CIRCUS SMIRKUS BIG TOP TOURS:
BON APPETIT! (2015), ANCHORS AWAY FOR ATLANTIS (2014), OZ INCORPORATED (2013), TOPSY TURVY TIME TRAVEL (2012), FRONTPAGE FOLLIES (2011), WILDERNESS WONDERS (2010), SMIRKUS EVER AFTER (2009), SMIRKUSOLOGY (2008)
Composer, Bandleader, Programmer, Keyboardist - Original music for touring circus shows
Circus Smirkus, based in Greensboro, VT
CHILDREN'S DANCE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS:
GWINNA (2016), CRUMB & THE PIRATES (2015), THE THREE QUESTIONS (2014), THE SNOW QUEEN (2013), THE APPLE-PIP PRINCESS (2012), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS (2011), TRUE NORTH (2010), COMING HOME (2009), SCIENTIA (2008), THE DREAM STEALER (2007), A BLUE SO BLUE (2006), POCKETS (2005), SENSE PASS KING (2003)
Resident Composer, Bandleader, Keyboardist - Original live music for dance-theatre productions
University of Utah Children's Dance Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT
Composer, Keyboardist - Live music for a contemporary circus production
SANCA / Moisture Festival, Seattle, WA (2013-14)
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Composer - Score for a mime piece by Joe Pitti
Utah Arts Networking Conference, Layton, UT (2006)
4 TYPES OF NOISE
Creator - Quadraphonic noise-music installation with interactive elements
Brolly Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (2006)
FLIGHT FOR PEACE
Composer - Score for a modern dance piece
CDT at Dance and the Child International, The Netherlands (2006)
TROIS BOULES ET UN CHAPEAU
Composer - Score for a juggling performance
Festival de Mime 2001, Université de Paris X, Paris, France (2001)
Director, Composer - Circus-theatre stage production
Amherst College Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Amherst, MA (2000)
FOR ONE OF THREE
Composer - Score for a modern dance piece by Charlotte Boye-Christensen
Brolly Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (1999)
Director, Composer - Theatre/dance/video/music production
Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1998)
Creator, Pianist - 12-hour non-stop piano improvisation and interactive art space
Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1998, 2000)
Tanner Dance, Salt Lake City, UT (1995 - present)
Children's Dance Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT (1995 - present)
University of Utah School of Dance, Salt Lake City, UT (2004 - 2008, 2016 - present)
American College Dance Festival (ACDF), Laramie, WY (2006), Orem, UT (2009)
Repertory Dance Theatre Summer Workshops, Salt Lake City, UT (2004 - 2007)
Ririe-Woodbury Summer Dance Workshops, Salt Lake City, UT (2004 - 2007)
Movement Forum, Salt Lake City, UT (2004 - 2006)
Oakland Ballet, Oakland, CA (2002)
Amherst College Dance Classes, Amherst, MA (2001)
Global Artways, Salt Lake City, UT (1999)
Brolly Arts Choreographers' Lab, Park City, UT (1998)
PIANO PERFORMANCE (1982 - 1995)
Studied privately with Charles Spanner, Marjorie Janove, and Gary Amano.
||Finalist, 1990 International Gina Bachauer Young Artists Competition
||1st Prize, 1991 Arlette Day Piano Competition
||2nd Place, 1992 Utah Symphony Youth Guild Competition
||3rd Place, 1993 Utah State University Piano Festival Competition
AMHERST COLLEGE - Amherst, MA (1996-2001)
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Dance
Studied music composition, harmony and counterpoint, music and culture, world music, contemporary music, world theatre, lighting design, modern dance, mime, puppetry.
KO FESTIVAL OF THEATRE - Amherst, MA (Summer 2000)
Trained and worked in various capacities: Stage Manager, Sound Board Operator, Light Board Operator, House Manager.
UNIVERSITÉ DE NANTERRE - Paris, France (1999)
Studied modern dance, clowning, mime performance techniques.
SCHOLA CANTORUM - Paris, France (1999)
Studied tonal composition and counterpoint.