Internationally respected administrator and Professor of Music and Recording Arts with a substantive record of course management and design innovation enabling leading universities to diversify and enhance academic performance.

Draws on exceptionally wide-ranging academic and professional experience in candidate appraisal, training, team mentoring and career advisory skills.

Acclaimed practical and research achievements with extensive experience researching, writing and presenting for international audiences, including project management, score editing, group rehearsal, media publicity, and participation in academic conferences.

Expertise in international and domestic music programs, especially in sound recording.

Power user of Sibelius music processing and Samplitude audio recording / editing, plus XHTML, C and Postscript.

Fluent in English, French, and German.


Teaching / Planning International Mahler Expert International Expertise
Public Speaking Curriculum Development Writing & Publications
Music Performance Sound Recording Process Management Research Initiatives
Orchestral Conducting Electronics and Computer Skills Staffing Strategies


THE ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON – Houston, Texas 2009 –

Chair of Audio Production

Responsible for teaching and administering B.S. degree in audio recording and technology. Direct, coordinate and assess team of twelve faculty, plan curriculum and schedule of classes, website development, budgeting and outreach.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS – Denton, Texas 2006 – 2008

Professor of Music / Manager of Recording Services

Responsible for Recording Services and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music/audio recording. Direct, coordinate and assess team of eight students and staff assistant who make concert and CD recordings.

Developed Business Plan to introduce new staff structure for Recording Services.
Taught classes and seminars in audio and music research.
Established improved guidelines and working methods for Recording Services to
    create unique procedures and enhance process.
Recruited, trained, scheduled and supervised members of Recording Services.
Developed and managed budget for new and replacement audio equipment.
Produced recording sessions and edited three compact disc recordings.
Selected and produced recorded extracts for university Music on Hold
    telephone project.
Implemented process for transfer of archive recordings to library server system.
Created web pages for Recording Services.

DAP CONSULTING – Port Huron, Michigan 2000 – 2006

Conductor / Consultant / Teacher

Managed business consisting of recording, research, private teaching, instrumental and choral conducting, writing, and consultancy.

Directed Lapeer County Concert Choir and St. Clair County Community College
    Symphonic Band.
Authored chapters in two books on the composer Gustav Mahler, and presented
    papers at the 2005 International Mahler Symposium in Vienna, Austria.
Planned and participated in the 2000 Beethoven Festival at the Kennedy Center,
    Washington, D.C.
Engineered, edited and prepared two CDs for the catalog of the exhibition
    Mahler–the becoming of an Icon, Jewish Museum, Vienna, 2005.
Produced, edited and prepared CD for the Proceedings publication of 2005
Edited the Sixth Symphony of Jean Sibelius for the Complete Jean Sibelius Edition,
    Breitkopf und Härtel.
Edited Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the version of Gustav Mahler for the Complete
    Works of Gustav Mahler, Universal Edition and Weinberger Ltd.

NAPIER UNIVERSITY – Edinburgh, Scotland 1999 – 2000

Director, Ian Tomlin School of Music

Taught research seminars and supervised dissertations, advised/mentored students.

Conducted the university orchestra and planned expanded public concert schedule.
Designed and set in action the implementation of a five-year plan.
Developed non-degree and summer programs, oversaw student admissions to the
    School, and instituted open days for prospective students and their families.
Designed and managed the School of Music budget.
Evaluated, promoted and increased faculty research and professional development.
Established regular staff and faculty meetings, recruited four external examiners.
Launched outreach programs to alumni and music communities of southern Scotland.
Commissioned music to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of John Napier.
Inaugurated a series of CD publications of faculty performers.
Created a new School website.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY – Bloomington, Indiana 1983 – 1999

Professor of Music / Director of Recording Arts, School of Music

Administered all aspects of the Audio Department; taught classes and seminars in electronics, audio technology and recording arts.

Originated, designed and launched the B.S. degree in Recording Arts.
Developed and improved A.S. degree in Audio Technology.
Taught courses in Music, Recording Arts and Technology, and Electronics.
Recruited associate instructors, staff and technicians.
Established and strengthened contacts with audio industry worldwide.
Planned professional audio facilities for two new concert halls.
Developed annual budget for new and replacement audio equipment.
Devised and directed student recruitment and admissions procedures.
Produced and edited recording sessions for 21 CDs; designed and typeset CD
    booklets and labels; worked with CD manufacturers and distribution company.
Supervised production of School archive recordings of opera and concert
As Secretary of the School of Music Council, headed its Agenda sub-committee.
Created Audio Department website.


PhD, Music Research — University of Surrey, Surrey, England
Bachelor of Music — University of London, London, England
Bachelor of Science, Electronic Engineering — The City University, London, England


Doublebass with Helen McGregor – London, England
Piano, Organ, and composition with Charles F. Waters – London, England
Instrumental and Vocal conducting studies with Igor Markevitch – Monaco and France
Opera, conducting studies with Rolf Reuter – Weimar, Germany

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