I grew up in North Haven, CT, just north of New Haven. I left New England after college and have lived in North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Iowa, and now Michigan. I’ve lived in big cities and places where cultural experiences are easy to come by. I’ve also lived in small towns and places where the nearest professional symphony was an hour away and part-time. Both of these kinds of places have their joys and their frustrations, of course. But, my wanderings have taught me in very practical terms about the impacts that variations in access to opportunity and infrastructure have on communities. I’ve often been an outsider, but also benefited from various kinds of privilege.
Conducting and music making have been the backbone of my life and career, of course, but I have also always been interested in technology, cultural criticism, and languages. My overriding goal has always been to make the world better. Wherever I have found myself, my goal has always been to make a difference and build community.