Growing up I had a love for music, reading along and singing the hymns at my church as a child. I began my musical life as a guitarist at age 11, learning to play songs from listening to the radio and CD's and performing for my family. I began taking guitar lessons by age 14 with Salvatore Mancini and became very interested in improvisation in various genres, including jazz, blues and rock. This curiosity led to realizing a strong desire to become a composer. I continued my guitar studies, first with Eric Nohe and playing in various rock and jazz groups, soon enrolling in the Metropolitan State University of Denver for composition with Dr. Fred Hess, Cherise Leiter and Leanna Kirchoff and guitar performance with Dr. Alex Komodore and Jeff Laquatra. In 2012, I was accepted to the Hartt School of Music for a Master of Music degree in composition, studying with Dr. Robert Carl and Dr. Larry Alan Smith.