I am a composer and musician from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I grew up in Nova Scotia, and went to the UK and Ontario to complete graduate degrees in music composition, and am now back in Nova Scotia where I work as a composer, music instructor, Music Director, performer, and writing tutor. My music is featured on two new recordings, and was recently nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year.
In 2013 I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition, where I studied composition with Chan Ka Nin, James Rolfe, and Christos Hatzis. During my time in Toronto I also performed in various ensembles and worked as Music Director.
I completed a Master of Music in composition (with a minor project in improvisation) at the University of Newcastle (UK) in 2004, and a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance at Dalhousie University in 2002. Since returning to Halifax in 2014 I have worked on composition commissions, composed for theatre, worked as music director at St. Peter's Anglican Church, taught courses in the composition and theory department at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University, worked as a private music teacher, and have collaborated on performance and recording projects.
My current creative research interests include narrative and storytelling in music, musical communication, miniatures and character pieces, and creatively exploring how ideas transform as they are transmitted from one person to another or from one (performance) medium to another. Past research and creative projects have included investigating the work and ideas of women composing in Canada, and creatively seeking ways to create compositions for live performance that are relevant for audiences of the digital age.
I am always interested in opportunities for music composition, performance, or collaborative projects, teaching lessons, leading workshops, or working on editing/arranging music, so please contact me if you would like to hire me, commission some music, or collaborate.
You can listen to samples of my compositions and find out more about my compositions on my compositions page.
You can listen to samples of me performing on my performance page.
For music instruction services and inquiries, visit my teaching page.
If you would like to find out more about my work or hear additional samples of my music, you can contact me through this website by clicking contact me or find my contact information listed on the bottom of the page.