Every day when I come to work, I know two things: 1) I am going to learn something today and 2) I am going to try to teach my students something today. Both the learning and the teaching are symbiotic and are informed by my constant immersion into the musical compositions that I study and perform. From King David to the devotional chants of early monks to the brilliance of Morten Lauridsen in the 21st century, music speaks to the spirits of people in ways that mere words are incapable.
As an undergraduate I, as many, felt rather directionless. The influence of one music teacher at King College changed my life and provided me with that direction for which I was searching. Following his advice, I pursued advanced degrees in music and have since performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Sterling Castle in Scotland, the Apollo Theater in Greece, etc. How did this happen to a directionless student from Bristol, TN? It happened because of the hard work of many teachers who invested themselves in me. It also happened because I finally listened to God's call for my life.
My goal everyday is to assist other students in finding their strengths, identifying their weaknesses, and to provide them with the necessary tools of evaluation to be successful after they leave King University. My work is focused mostly on music history and choral music and if this process leads them into a life of professional music, that is wonderful. However, if the experiences at King lead them into other callings, that is equally rewarding.
Away from the college, my life is focused upon family. Beyond that, I am a life-long baseball fan (especially St. Louis Cardinals), I'm a vegetable gardener of sorts, and love a good game of cards to relax. People who know me well know that I love good food. I love to cook it, to eat it and to learn about the foods from other cultures.