m.a. in religious studies from webster university, 2000

ph.d from washington university, 1980

m.m. from southern illinois university, carbondale, 1974

b.m. from southern illinois university, edwardsville, 1973


2021- present music director, First Unity Church of St. Louis

2016- present orchestra manager, fox theater, St. Louis

1980-2017  professor of music, media, and religion, webster university, st. louis

1976-1980 instructor, jazz studies and guitar, washington university, st. Louis community college, and university of missouri at st. louis


staff guitarist for st. louis symphony orchestra, st. louis municipal opera, opera theater of st. louis, the repertory theater of st.louis, fox theater orchestra

jazz guitarist performing numerous concerts each year

Film Scores

theme music for ketc interstitials “your stories”

“the business of story” score for new film directed by Rebecca Ormond

“Jewish St. Louis” score for documentary by Jim Kirshner for KETC

score for Buster Keaton silent film “Three Ages”

score for Russian silent film “The Battleship Potemkin”

“Sportsman’s Park” score for documentary by William Mathis

score for buster keaton film “three ages”

ketc documentary “monumental reflections”

pbs series “breaking bread,” 3 seasons, 39 episodes

ketc program “mosaic” theme music

“katy: stories from the trail” documentary

“walks and rambles” theme and episode music

“the making of nova’s ‘the bridge'” pbs documentary

multiple episodes of “missouri outdoors”

“the subway diary” independent film

ketc station logo and id music

ketc documentary “american tower”

ketc documentary “a mission close to home”

ketc program “stl-biz” theme music

ketc program “in the loop” theme music

score for documetary “lemp: a haunted history”

ketc program “because of you”

ketc program “the snowflake man”

ketc program “gaslight”

st. louis university documentary “confluence”

documentary “the next step” (debuted at st. louis film festival, 2004)

orchestration, children’s musical “a modern day prodigal son”

exhibit music for putnam museum, davenport, iowa

exhibit music for magic house, st. louis, missouri

“jungle gym” independent film

ketc program “homefront”

music for multimedia exhibit and tram ride, gateway arch, st. louis, missouri

score for instructional video “maps, mindscapes, and more”

video score “backyard composting” for missouri botanical gardens

video score “eye on the wild turkey” for laclede sports

scores for multiple episodes of “missouri outdoors”

television commercial music for a.e. schmidt billiards, lakin law firm, incarnate word hospital, st. mary’s hospital

electronic music consultant and programmer for st. louis municipal opera, repertory theater of st. louis


1985 st. louis magazine award as outstanding st. louisan under the age of 40 for contribution to the arts

1985 messing award for faculty travel and research, webster university

1976-80 doctoral fellow, washington university

1974 graduate fellow, southern illinois university,carbondale

1973 outstanding performer award, southern illinois university, edwardsville

1970-73 full scholarship, southern illinois university, edwardsville

Professional Affiliation

american federation of musicians


hold on to love, with singer ashley mason, 2010

i thank you god for this most amazing day, with composer/pianist Kim Portnoy, 2010

a midnight clear, with singer ashley mason, 2008

be still (and know), meditation cd with author Jackie Trottmann, 2008

i’m all smiles, with singer debbie lennon, 2005

whole new light, with dan rubright, 2002

what wondrous love, with dan rubright, 2001

the lone wild bird: hymns and spirituals for two jazz guitars, with dan rubright, 1999

wild things are welcome here, with singer lori diefenbacher, 1998

1-2-3, with the dave venn trio, 1998

a celebration of american song, with dave venn, 1985


blues guitar ensembles, mel bay publishing, 2010

jazz guitar ensembles volumes 1-3, mel bay publishing, 2004

the tools of jazz, prentice-hall, 1983