Music Direction • Music Theatre • Vocal InstrucTION

Educational Summary

M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Northwestern University, June 1996
B.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Illinois Wesleyan University, May 1995

Directing Experience

Artistic Direction

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus. extrABBAganza, Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL. 2010

  •  Interim Artistic Director for Chicago premiere
  •  Prepared and conducted weekly rehearsals, three hours in duration
  •  Coordinated management staff, choreographers, and production staff for all aspects of the production
  •  Staged the show and conducted all performances

Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe. Chicago, IL. 2007-present

  •  Artistic Director
  •  Co-creator of the performance company
  •  Stage direction for all productions from 2008-present
  •  Cast, manage and direct performance troupe of artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, to create performances based on folklore and folk traditions
  •  Compose, arrange, and direct new musical works for the troupe
  •  Coordinate management staff, and production staff for all aspects of the productions
  •  Oversee the business operations of the company

Vocal Direction

Dominican University, The Wiz, directed by Krista Hansen, Forest Park, IL. 2010

  •  Vocal Director
  •  Suggested and implemented changes to the musical score
  •  Trained the cast to produce and sustain a healthy gospel/pop vocal production style as demanded by the score

American Theatre Company, Yeast Nation (producers’ showcase), directed by PJ Paparelli, Chicago, IL. 2008

  •  Vocal Director for this Chicago Premiere
  •  Collaborated with Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis (the creators of Urinetown) on the Chicago workshop production of Yeast Nation.
  •  Suggested and implemented changes to the musical score
  •  Trained the cast to produce and sustain a healthy gospel/pop vocal production style as demanded by the score

Dominican University, Working, directed by Krista Hansen, Forest Park, IL. 2008

  •  Vocal Director
  •  Trained the cast in appropriate and efficient vocal production and musical style

Dominican University, Big River, directed by Krista Hansen, Dominican University, Forest Park, IL. 2004

  •  Vocal Director
  •  Trained the cast to produce and sustain an appropriate vocal production style as demanded by the score

Theatre bam, School House Rock Live! vocal director/keyboardist for National Tour, directed by Scott Ferguson, 1999

  •  Vocal Director and Keyboardist
  •  Maintained vocal health of cast for four month National Tour

Music Direction/Piano Conductor

Bar Harbor Players, I Do, I Do, directed by Michael Webber, Bar Harbor, ME. 2003

  •  Music Director
  •  Conducted all musical rehearsal and performances

EQ Productions, Illuzio, directed by Nicholas Korn, Chopin Theatre, Chicago, IL. 2003

  •  Music Director for this Chicago Premiere
  •  Assisted in score rewrites
  •  Conducted all musical rehearsals

Theatre at the Center, Always…Patsy Cline, directed by Steve Scott, Munster, IN. 2003

  •  Music Director
  •  Conducted all rehearsals and performances
  •  Cast actors, and negotiated contracts with instrumentalists

Theatre at the Center, Grand Hotel, directed by Michael Webber, Munster, IN. 2002

  •  Substitute musical conductor and pianist
  • Theatre at the Center, State Fair, directed by Marc Robin, Munster, IN. 2002
  •  Music Director
  •  Conducted all rehearsals and performances
  •  Negotiated contracts with instrumentalists

Theatre at the Center, Here’s Love, directed by Michael Webber, Munster, IN. 2000

  •  Substitute musical conductor and pianist

Transplant Theater Company, All That He Was, Athenaeum Theatre, 1999

  • Music Director for this Chicago Premiere

New Tuners Theatre Workshop, Tabloid! The Musical, music director, Theatre Building Chicago, 1998

  • Music Director for this Chicago Premiere
  • Created musical arrangements for the entire score

Teaching Experience

Voice Teacher, Complete Vocal Services Independent Studio, Chicago, IL. 1995-present

  •  Created an independent voice studio focusing on the vocal care, rehabilitation, and education of professional clients including operatic performers, musical theatre actors, and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) singers specializing in rock, pop, jazz, folk, country. The studio currently serves professional and professionally inclined students from high school age through semi-retirement

Vocal Director, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Chicago, IL. 2002-2010

  •  Formulated a curriculum to establish vocal technique in a choral setting for a chorus that performs a diverse repertoire from classical selections, to musical theatre and pop music

General Music Teacher, Music on the Move, Inc. Evanston, IL. 1997-1998

  •  Designed entire music curriculum for children from preschool age, through 8th grade at two parochial schools in Chicago, IL.
  •  Assembled and directed full school performances

Student Voice Coach/Accompanist, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 1995-1996

  •  Coached undergraduate classical voice and music theatre majors on their repertoire, and accompanied them for all performances, master classes, and juries.

Student Voice Coach/Accompanist, Illinois Wesleyan, Bloomington, IL. 1991-1995

  •  Coached undergraduate classical voice and music theatre majors on their repertoire, and accompanied them for all performances, master classes, and juries

Select Music Performance/Stage Roles

The Suitcase (Workshop presentation) - Ensemble - Chicago Opera Vanguard
Professor Marius Mandragore - Dr. Xavier Day - Terra Mysterium
Betwixt and Between - Various - Terra Mysterium
1776 - John Adams - American Eagle Productions*
The Secret Garden - Colin - American Eagle Productions
Tom Saywer - Tom Sawyer - American Eagle Productions
Charlotte’s Web - Zuckerman - American Eagle Productions.
2 by 2 - Ham - American Eagle Productions
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Levi - American Eagle Productions
H.M.S Pinafore - Ensemble - Light Opera Works
The Tempest - Spirit/Ariel (u.s) - Nebraska Rep. Theatre
Pirates of Penzance - Pirate/Policeman - Nebraska Rep. Theatre

*was an ensemble member of American Eagle Productions (a touring theatrical company performing for young audiences) for three consecutive years. The company averaged over 12 performances per week, often requiring the actors to perform two or three different shows in the course of a typical day.

Performance Experience as Pianist/Keyboardist

A New Brain, DePaul University, Munster, IN. 2005
Do I Hear a Waltz, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN. 2005
Singing in the Rain, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN. 2003
Nunsense II, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN. 2001
School House Rock Live!, National Tour, 1999

Accompanist, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Chicago, IL. 1998-1999.
Harpsichordist, Chicago Sinfonietta, Directed by Paul Freeman. Chicago, IL. 1998

Compositions

A Midwinter Mummer’s Tale, original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, Lincoln Loft, Chicago, IL. 2015

The Secret History of Prince Albert (A Tale of the Clockwork Prince), original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, Teslacon convention, Madison, WI. 2014, Remounted at the Lincoln Loft, Chicago, IL. 2015

The Lion and the Serpent, original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, Athenaeum Theatre (Studio One), Chicago, IL. 2013

In the Heart’s Core, original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe 2013

In the Observarium, original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, Chopin Theatre (Buffalo Caberet), Chicago, IL. 2012

Midsummer Faerie Dream (an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream), original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe. 2012

Finding Eleusis, original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, Chicago Fringe Festival, Chicago, IL. 2010

Professor Marius Mandragore’s Salon Symposium Regarding Spirits, Spells, and Eldritch Craft, original songs and arrangements, Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, La Costa Theatre, Chicago, IL. 2009

Betwixt and Between: A Journey into Faerie , original songs and arrangements,Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe, La Costa Theatre, Chicago, IL. 2008

Friday in America, original underscoring for the Chicago Production,

Titan Productions, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL. 1999

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2009-present
Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) 2016-present
Musical Theater Educators Alliance (MTEA) 2016=-present
Chicago Cabaret Professionals 2010-present

Professional Service

Board member, Chicago Chapter NATS, 2010-2016
Co-Chair, Chicago Chapter NATS High School Classical Auditions, 2011
Judge, Chicago Chapter NATS Music Theatre Auditions, 2010-present

Honor Societies

Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music fraternity induction, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; June 1996

Professional Training

Voice: Elizabeth Fischer, William Warfield, Dr. Barrington Coleman, Dr. Sam Scifres
Singing Voice Specialist (SVS): Certificate under Dr. Karen Wicklund
        ongoing clinical fellow under the guidance of Chicago Institute for Voice Care (CIVC)
Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method: Level One Certificate (CIVC) at UIC
Estill Voice Training: Levels One and Two (ongoing training for Certified Master Teacher CMT)
Choral Conducting: Dr. David Nott
Composition: Dr. David Vayo
Coaches: Tim Shaindlin, Richard Boldrey, Frederick Ockwell
Acting: Meisner Technique: The Actors’ Studio (Victor D’Altorio, Eileen Vorbach)
Michael Chekhov Technique: Dawn Arnold and M.I.C.H.A. certificate program (2nd year)
On Camera: Levels 1-3, The Green Room (Sean Bradley, David Murphy, Brad Burton)
Viewpoints: Act One Studios (Grant Stokes)
Alba Method Certification (CL3P): Nancy Loitz. Elizabeth Townshend, Jessica Beck
Harp: Annette Bjorling

Other Skills and Interests

French language: proficient, fluent pronunciation and diction coaching
German language: basic speaking/reading, fluent pronunciation and diction coaching
Italian language: basic speaking/reading, fluent pronunciation and diction coaching
Stage magic (close-up and illusion)
Juggling and Fire spinning

References available upon request