I grew up in Granada Hills and attended Alemany High in Mission Hills. I studied music at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, CA receiving both BA and MA degrees. I also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Choral Music and spent a year in Berlin, Germany studying music at the Hochschule der Kuenste on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. At the time, Berlin was still a walled city, an island in the middle of East Germany.
What inspires me? Learning new things, especially music; perceiving the interconnectedness of all things and beings.
My Perfect Day: Either swimming in the ocean or hiking in the mountains or a reading marathon.
My First job: I drove delivery trucks around LA/Orange county basin for a cutting edge professional sound company (movie and tv studios, major rock concerts, Disneyland, Seaworld, Knott's Berry Farm). At one point I drove a truck cross country to deliver equipment for both the US Tennis Open and the Miss America Pageant.