I am a composer, theorist, guitarist, and educator, currently freelancing in the Ottawa area. I served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Music Technology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, from Fall 2015 through Spring 2018. I currently teach guitar (and bass and ukulele), music theory, beginner piano, and music technology/recording/production. J’enseigne en français ainsi qu’en anglais.
As concerns university-level teaching: prior to teaching music technology, I have previously taught subjects including music theory, counterpoint, analysis, popular music, and world music at University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Regina, and University of Windsor. I completed my PhD in music composition through the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011. I completed my undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Ottawa in 1997 and my MA in composition at York University in Toronto in 2005.
My compositional activities are wide-ranging, with particular emphases on music for the electric guitar with live electronics and acoustic solo works and chamber music. I have had compositions performed at numerous venues in North America by performers including the Madawaska String Quartet, Arraymusic, Seth Josel, Christina Petrowska-Quilico, David Mott, and William Beauvais.
My areas of theoretical research include the analysis of popular music and the analysis of pitch structures in post-tonal music. My analysis of Reginald Smith Brindle’s El Polifemo de Oro has been published in Ex Tempore: A Journal of Compositional and Theoretical Research. With Melvin Backstrom, I presented an analysis of the Grateful Dead’s “Blues for Allah” at the November 2018 conference of the Society for Music Theory. In October 2014, I was awarded the Luther Brown Prize for my presentation “’Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues’: Form, Syntax, and Rhetoric in the Music of the Blues Queens of the 1920s” at the International Conference on the Blues at Delta State University.
My strengths with music technology include recording, mixing, and mastering, as well as synthesis, signal processing, and DAW-based composition. My creative work includes the development of signal processing applications for the electric guitar and performance with live electronic processing.