About the Composer

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I received my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from West Chester University School of Music in West Chester, PA. I studied choral composition and arranging with Alice Parker at Westminster Choir College as well as in her home in New England where I participated in the Melodious Accord Fellowship program.

My wife, Susan, and I live in Goshen, Indiana where we are Ministers of Music and Arts at College Mennonite Church. Together we oversee a fully graduated vocal and handbell choir program. I direct the 60 voice adult choir. I am also a freelance Editor and Engraver for several major sacred music publishers in the United States. I am a bass/baritone soloist and have sung in recitals, in many churches and in numerous oratorio and operatic productions. I direct the Goshen Community Chorale, a 60-70 voice organization, which performed a wide range of choral repertoire.

Composing has always been a passion for me, beginning very early in life. I grew up in a Mennonite church in eastern Pennsylvania, where four-part a cappella congregational hymn singing was the norm. This planted in me a deep love for singing. This love continues to be an influence in my writing today. I compose a wide range of choral, vocal and piano works and have over 220 works published by most of the nation's major music publishers.

Susan and I have two married children and four, very cute, extremely intelligent, highly talented, incredible... grandchildren.