This is my 29th year teaching orchestra at Shorewood. Shorewood has three orchestras: the Concert Orchestra (9th grade), Symphony Orchestra (grades 10-12), and the Chamber Ensemble (by audition, grades 10-12). I also teach at Einstein: the Concert Orchestra (7th grade) and the Symphony Orchestra (8th grade). In the past, I have also taught elementary strings at Sunset, Syre, Highland Terrace, Parkwood and Echo Lake.
I graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in Music, and from Indiana University (Bloomington) with an M.M. in Viola Performance, "With Highest Distinction". I had a 15 year professional career before I started teaching, playing viola in professional orchestras and string quartets in Germany, Italy and Luxembourg, as well as in Richmond (VA), Charlotte (NC) and Sacramento (CA). I continue to free-lance throughout the region, and regularly perform in summer music festivals in California and Oregon.
I am currently Past President of Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA), having served two years as President. In my teaching career, I have been President of Washington String Teachers (ASTA-Washington), President of Sno-King Music Educators and Group Manager for several All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras. I am a member of the WMEA Hall of Fame, have been named ASTA-Washington String Teacher of the Year as well as Shoreline School District Teacher of the Year (2008). My Shorewood orchestras have performed in New York City (Carnegie Hall, four times), Florida, Hawaii, California, Oregon and British Columbia. I am also a conductor for the Cascade Youth Symphony.
My wife Diane and I have three children: Nick, 33, Ben, also 33, Chelsea, 23, and granddaughters Hayden and Harper and grandsons Max and Maverick. Diane recently retired from work as a school registrar, and is also a free-lance violinist. My main spare time activity is reading, and I am an avid hiker and mountain climber (Mt. Rainier three times, Mt. St. Helens 24 times, also Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Half Dome, Mt. Whitney, the complete Wonderland Trail, among others). In June 2007, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, at 19,340' the highest point in Africa, and in July 2015 I hiked Peru's famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu..