What I do ...
I'm a pianist, keyboardist, and music director, who also provides professional music services.
I offer a unique variety of services, skills, and experience. I’ve been a professional musician since 1998, playing piano and keyboard for school choirs, dance classes, church services, various bands, and musical productions. I also offer services that include recording, teaching, arranging, re-orchestrating, copying (engraving), keyboard programming, and publishing. Since 2005, I’ve focused on my career as a Music Director because I like how it incorporates my full skill set and allows me to work with amazing and talented people from across Canada.
I recently moved to Edmonton and I look forward to the new opportunities and experiences this vibrant community has to offer!
Most of my live performance work is in the world of musical theatre now because I like how it draws from so many of my skills and abilities, and because it offers a chance to meet and work with all kinds of new and talented people. I work as a Music Director, along with the creative teams and casts, to give life and character to the music so that a deeper dimension of every character, and of the story being told, can be experienced by the audience. I also enjoy working with other Music Directors and musicians as a member of the orchestra.
Jan-Mar, 2017 - Mamma Mia (The Citadel Theatre) Reh. Piano & Keys 2
Music Director/Conductor: Sister Act (MacEwan University); Carousel, Parade (Opera NUOVA); Side Show (The Citadel Theatre Young Company); The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions); A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Annie, Footloose, Cats, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, RENT (Rainbow Stage); Bloodless (White Rabbit Productions); Into The Woods (District Theatre Collective); Spring Awakening, Hersteria (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); The Last Five Years (Act Natural Productions); RENT, Sweeney Todd (Academy of Acting); The Producers, Beauty And The Beast (Neptune Theatre)
Associate Music Director: Crazy For You (Citadel Theatre); Mary Poppins, Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre), Mary Poppins (Persephone Theatre); Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage)
Orchestra Musician: H.M.S Pinafore (Opera NUOVA), The Legend Of Zelda: The Symphony Of The Goddesses (MGP Live); The Book Of Mormon, Wicked (Broadway Across Canada); Billy Elliot, Cabaret, Next To Normal, White Christmas, The Boys In The Photograph, Rocky Horror Show, The Drowsy Chaperone (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Hairspray, Beauty And The Beast, The Wizard Of Oz, The Sound Of Music (Rainbow Stage); The Boys In The Photograph (Mirvish Productions)
Reduction & Programming: Crazy For You (Citadel Theatre); Mary Poppins (Western Canada Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Rainbow Stage); Les Misérables (Western Canada Theatre, Rainbow Stage); The Addams Family (Dry Cold Productions); The Little Mermaid, The Producers, Annie, Footloose, Cats, Hairspray (Rainbow Stage); The Drowsy Chaperone (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre)
My skills of note include:
- clear conducting ability while also playing keyboard
- tasteful and intelligent re-orchestrations for reduced orchestra sizes
- excellent keyboard programming using top quality virtual instruments
- expert in Finale and Sibelius music notation software for score preparation and alterations
- preparing and providing online tools and resources for casts and orchestra musicians
Created Online Music Software
I developed and coded a new, online software application I named MixMyPart.com. It lets singers and musicians learn and rehearse individual parts while controlling/mixing how much they hear of all the other parts at the same time and more.
Produced A Musical
The Last Five Years was a show I was eager for an opportunity to perform, so I decided to produce it myself, with the full orchestration. It was joy to play, and a very educational and rewarding experience.
I really like a cappella choirs and how the human voice is so versatile in its ability to produce so many different sounds. I enjoy creating arrangements of popular tunes for choirs to sing when I have the time, and it's fun trying to reproduce the sound of instruments and recreate a familiar tune with voices alone.