My musical career began at the age of nine with a rented instrument and group lessons at Reifsnyder’s Music Shop in Ottumwa, Iowa. This shop had been in existence for quite some time and was the incubator for many local musicians. My interest continued and led me to private lessons. This included studying with Ottumwa’s very own, Tony Blew. With Tony I learned the blues and rock-n-roll.
It was while living in Fort Smith, Arkansas that I began taking lessons with guitarist extraordinaire, Gary Hutchison at a place called Ben Jack’s. Gary taught me to play the entire instrument and pushed me to learn my guitar forwards and backwards. Gary plays many styles and was himself studying classical guitar with a gentleman, the late Paul Mendy. It was the introduction to Paul that changed my musical direction. Paul Mendy introduced me to the rich tradition of the classical guitar – its music, composers, styles and techniques.
Through Paul Mendy, I met Charles Wolzien, Head of Guitar Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here I completed my undergraduate studies in Guitar Performance and was the recipient of the Ted and Nancy Anderson Music Award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by the College of Music. I then completed my graduate guitar course work at the University of Denver under the direction of Ricardo Iznaola, Chair of the Strings Department and renowned pedagogue.
I had worked as a contract musician for the classical music station of Denver, KVOD, and was a featured performer on The University of Colorado, Artist Series. My performances have been aired over the Colorado Public Radio and Television Networks. Currently I teach, perform and compose in Monterrey, Mexico.