Timeline

1989:
Born in Southern Oregon, USA, September 25th.

2008:
Enrolled at Southern Oregon University.
Began first guitar lessons with David Rogers at SOU.

2009:
Made solo debut at the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society in Talent, Oregon.
Won first prize for best musical performance at the Southern Oregon Arts and Research Symposium.

2010:
Began studying guitar with James Edwards at SOU.
Began studying music composition with Mark Jacobs at SOU.

2011:
Made professional debut as opening act for multiple Grammy Award winner and Juilliard faculty Sharon Isbin and the Britt Orchestra at the Britt Classical Festivals in Jacksonville, OR.

2012:
Won first prize for best musical performance in the Oregon Friends of Music Regional Scholarship Competition in Brookings, Oregon.
Toured the Oregon Coast as part of an all expense paid young artist concert series.
Received four composition commissions from the Grace Lutheran Church in Ashland, Oregon.
Premiered original first symphony, string quartet, and other chamber music featuring guitar for a composition recital at SOU.
Debuted at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show in Ashland, Oregon.

2013:
Won first prize for best musical performance in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition in New York City, New York.
Made Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) debut as competition winner.
Premiered original work for guitar and choir with the SOU Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Fredna Grimland.
Graduated magna cum laude from SOU with a Bachelor of Arts in Guitar Performance and Music Composition.
Offered full-ride scholarship to study with Denis Azabagic at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

2014:
Opened for 15-time Grammy Award winner and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and the Britt Orchestra at the Britt Classical Festivals in Jacksonville, OR.
Received and accepted scholarship to study with Eliot Fisk at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.
Premiered original chamber music for guitar and string orchestra at the Craterian Theatre in Medford, Oregon and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show.