Claremont Graduate University

Masters of Arts in Arts Management.
Class of 2013.  GPA 3.94.

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Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts

Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  Graduated with High Academic Honors.
Class of 2005.  GPA 3.77.

Performance

Rutgers University Wind Ensemble - For the Lost and LivingBeginning with my first semester at Rutgers University, I was selected by audition to become a member of the prestigious Rutgers University Wind Ensemble.  The Wind Ensemble, comprised primarily of graduate students, remains one of the nation’s most prestigious collegiate ensembles of its kind.  Under the direction of Dr. William Berz, the Wind Ensemble maintained a rigorous performance and recording schedule.  I performed on the 10 CDs produced by the ensemble during my tenure, each of which received GRAMMY nominations.

The Rutgers University Glee Club

I was also selected to sing Bass II in the Rutgers University Glee Club, the all-male vocal ensemble under direction of Dr. Patrick Gardner.  The Glee Club was often invited to perform at major performance venues throughout the United States and Europe.  Some of the highlights include performances at Princeton University, Mount Holyoke College, Alice Tully Hall, Église de la Sainte-Trinité (Paris), Notre Dame de Paris and Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres.

My private instruction was underneath the direction of Professor Scott Mendoker, one of New York’s most prominent freelance tubists and a protege of the legendary Arnold Jacobs.  I also studied conducting with Professor Kynan Johns, assistant conductor to Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Elected Offices

I was elected as a student leader in various student organizations, including the Glee Club and Music Educators National Conference (MENC).

In Glee Club, I was elected as the youngest member of the Executive Council to the position of Vice President of Alumni Relations.  In this capacity, I successfully created many new initiatives.  My biggest success was the reorganization of the previously-disbanded Glee Club Alumni Association, allowing our many alumni to continue having a voice in the direction and funding of the organization.  I also created the first comprehensive digital database of club membership dating back to 1942, based on archived programs.  I also produced and edited our tri-annual alumni newsletter, the Glee Gab.

As Treasurer of MENC, I was charged with maintaining our balance sheets and accounts with the Student Activities Council.  This was my introduction to accounting policies and procedures, and also allowed me to become familiar with accounting software.

Student Teaching/Internships

As an education major, a majority of my final semester focused on student teaching experience.  I was awarded two internships – one at Martin Luther King Intermediate School in Piscataway, NJ teaching alongside Ms. Phyllis Olex and at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ under the direction of Mr. Andy DeNicola.

At MLK, I had the opportunity to introduce young students to instrumental music for the very first time, and develop lesson plans and activities to enhance their knowledge.

J.P. Stevens High School features one of New Jersey’s most respected music departments.  While there, I was invited to conduct the Wind Ensemble during their tour to Williamsburg, Virginia and at their spring concert.  I also co-directed their Jazz Ensemble.

My time at J.P. Stevens also introduced me to the world of presenting music to an audience.  The school had engaged Maynard Ferguson and his band Big Bop Nouveau to perform in their auditorium.  I assisted with the publicity and artist hospitality.  Because Maynard’s music was highly influential in my personal life, getting to meet him in this capacity was an amazing thrill.  It was at this point that I decided that I wanted to be a part of presenting or producing music for audiences.

Employment

I found employment through the Rutgers University Police Department-funded Student Safety organization.  From 2001-2003, I was a Student Safety Officer in the various music and arts buildings.  I monitored entrances and exits during nights and weekends, and produced any needed police reports.

In 2003, I was promoted to Supervisor and gained my first management experience.  I was in charge of hiring, scheduling and maintaining all Student Safety staff for two buildings at Mason Gross.

I also found employment at NJBiz, New Jersey’s largest business magazine, as a Sales and Circulation Associate.  The bulk of my duties included sales through cold-calls to various businesses through the state.  Because I met large success there and was often the top-ranked salesperson at the company, I was invited to lead the training for all new personnel in the department.