At the age of six, I picked up the violin and never quit. I gained significant orchestral playing experience with the Seattle You Symphony Orchestras, and was trained as a classical violinist under Cherlyn Johnson.
My father is a talented musician and as I grew up I was submersed in music. While I was receiving my classical training I would often jam with friends and family, which gave me early playing experience with rock music and an ear for improvisation.
At the age of 10 my passion for music expanded into another dimension of music making: I discovered a passion for sound design and mixing. My church needed to train live sound engineers on their new sound system and I jumped at the opportunity to learn something new. I picked it up easily and it wasn’t long before I was mixing the live band every sunday. After a few years of teaching myself the more advanced aspects of live sound, I started to explore recording technology and built myself a small home studio. Ever since I bought my first piece of recording gear I have been passionately fixated on audio engineering. In high school I spent most of my free time either recording local bands or mixing live events for my school district, learning more and more along the way in hopes of finding a career in audio technology.
These days I am a Music Production and Engineering major at the Berklee College of Music. I try and maintain the important balance between my engineering ambitions and maintaining my instrumental skill, as I feel that these crafts are mutually beneficial. As an active member of both Berklee’s community of string players and the Music Production and Engineering Department, my schedule is filled with recording sessions and live shows as both a player and as an engineer.
Experience & Education
Live Engineer for Caf Show Productions, Berklee College of MusicFebruary 2011 to Present (about 7 years)
Mixing live performances in the Berklee CAF, four nights a week! We also host celebrity master classes in the CAF, past guests include Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers) and Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas).
Live Sound Engineer for Bodwell ServicesJune 2007 to June 2010 (over 3 years)
Assisted in setting up and mixing for conferences and graduations.
Live Sound Engineer for Cedarcreek Covenant ChurchSeptember 2001 to January 2010 (over 8 years)
My first exposure to live sound, volunteering at Cedarcreek Covenant Church as an engineer was a great way to gain experience. Cedarcreek's service was heavily focused on contemporary music and gave me a chance to practice mixing a full live band on a weekly basis.
Violinist for Classy Sounds Trio2007 to 2009 (over 2 years)
Head Sound Engineer for Tahoma School DistrictSeptember 2006 to June 2009 (over 2 years)
During my time as a high school student, the school district employed me as their sound engineer. This included a wide range of jobs, from DJing Jr High and High School dances, mixing district-wide seminars and benefit concerts, to engineering large assembly setups for crowds exceeding 1,500 people
Violinist for Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra2007 to 2008 (about a year)
Was a founding member and principal violinist for Maple Valley WA's first community youth orchestra.
Violinist for Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras2002 to 2007 (over 5 years)
Played in 1st and 2nd violin sections and gained significant orchestral playing experience.
BA in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music2010 to 2013 (3 years)