Talents for Hire
Here is a list of some of the services I provide. If you would like to discuss a potential commission, please contact me.
If you need original music for an event, film or video game, I can compose in any style using both recorded and written mediums. I can also arrange songs for differing ensembles, adjust the difficulty, transpose, or even simply transcribe music from a recording.
My recording studio is currently modest, but will be expanded if needed for any particular project.
I have been composing for over 24 years and have studied private composition in college with Charles Rochester Young and Judith Lang Zaimont. I am skilled in orchestration and digital audio recording techniques and have worked with large projects, including a fully orchestrated ballet in 2006 for the Monroe-Jackson Dance Theatre. Click here to hear some of my compositions.
I can play for weddings, formal dinners or pretty much any event that would go well with piano music in the background. I can improvise in many styles including new age, classical or rock, providing the appropriate atmosphere without being distracting.
I have been playing piano since I was four (26 years experience) and I have a master's degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. Whether accompanying, performing or improvising, I can guarantee a sound that is professional and appropriate for the environment at hand. Here is a sample of my improvisation ability:
Music Teacher (piano, drums, composition)
I have eight years of experience teaching ages five to eighty-five. Having a master's degree in piano performance, I also have the ability to teach any skill level.
Sample Programmer / Sound Developer
SoundFont banks allow a musician to create and modify his or her own instrument sounds. A very practical use for this is composing or performing. For example, when playing with POLYDREAM, I created my own instrument sounds that helped give the band a unique sound. SoundFont technology also allowed me to map multiple instruments and samples in a custom arrangement to one keyboard for live performance.
I have been working with SoundFonts for thirteen years, many of which have been published on various SoundFont websites. I am currently working as a virtual instrument developer for Acoustica, having designed instrument sounds for Mixcraft and Pianissimo.
Personal Computer Technical Support
My incessant desire to tweak things has given me quite a thorough knowledge of PCs and their setup. The average PC is bogged down with unnecessary applications and excess baggage that prevent the system from running smoothly. I am fluent in working with Windows and Linux-based operating systems, and I know how to set up a system to run at peak efficiency. In addition, I can perform most hardware upgrades (new RAM, power supply, graphics card, etc.). If you live in or near Verona, WI, I can troubleshoot your PC for a reasonable cost.
Technical support to businesses is provided through The Open Way, LLC.
Twenty-three years general PC experience, fifteen years Windows experience, and two years Linux experience. I am currently the IT director at Rhapsody Arts Center, and a technical support subcontractor for The Open Way.