I spent a lot of time figuring out the melodies to cartoon and video game theme songs on an old organ my family had in the basement when I was a kid. When it turned out I wanted to take my skills beyond the themes to Ducktales and Super Mario Bros., my parents enrolled me in piano lessons. I was lucky enough to study with some amazing teachers, which led me to being enrolled in music ensembles throughout junior high, high school, and college, and eventually, a career in music composition.
What sort of music education do have?
My piano lessons commenced at the age of five with a talented local instructor. In my teens, my abilities allowed me to study music and piano performance at the MacPhail School for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After that, I continued on to further cement my musical skills with a B.A. in Piano Performance/Music from Gustavus Adolphus College. At GAC, I worked in the sound studio and as an accompanist while learning music theory, piano performance, conducting, music history, and pursuing a minor in English/Creative Writing.
After receiving my B.A., I set off to obtain a Master’s in Music Composition, combining my love of music and story telling. This led to a move half way across the country to attend San Francisco State University’s well-known composition Master’s program, where an unimaginable amount of opportunities have been opened for me. I have worked with a local media company, WMS Media, on a public broadcasting documentary, composed original pieces for the art and film students, as well as composed the soundtrack to the Berlin & Beyond film festival trailer. SFSU’s program afforded me many amazing experiences: to write music in every style: from traditionally classical works to new age and atonal pieces, from music for chamber performers and soloists to compositions for plays, student films and visual media. My compositional skills were honed and drastically expanded in private lessons with some of the most talented composers the city had to offer. In addition, I have experience with Logic and Finale and while attending school, I worked as a piano and percussion instructor.
What are your plans as a music composer?
Composing music is my life, whether as a freelancer or as a full-time employee. After exploring many options, I decided to pursue music for media, since I feel it’s the best opportunity to write music that tells stories. Thematic music fits beautifully in several mediums, from video games to television and film. While I love writing for any type of project, I’m especially interested in music for video games, and I’m always trying to find new ways to explore the interactive relationship between a game’s soundtrack, and the player.