- Ph.D. in music theory (1997), University of Minnesota
- M.A. in music theory (1986), University of Minnesota
- B. M. in trombone performance (1980) Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
- College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (1998-)
- Previous adjunct positions at the University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College, Lakewood Community College
Scholarship and Creative Work
- Emily Dickinson Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano (2008-2009)
- "Gurrelieder and the Fall of the Gods: Schoenberg's Struggle with the Legacy of Wagner," essay in Schoenberg and Words: The Modernist Years, ed. Charlotte M. Cross and Russell A. Berman (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000).
- Doctoral dissertation: Text and Phrase Rhythm in Gurrelieder: Schoenberg's Reception of Tradition (Ann Arbor: UMI Dissertation Service, 1997)
- Numerous scholarly presentations at professional conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, and New York State Music Theory Society/Arnold Schoenberg Institute. Topics have included the music of Schoenberg, Messiaen, and Beethoven; the writings of Johann Mattheson; and aspects of the philosophy of music.
- Compositions and arrangements for brass instruments (1980s)
Performing Experience as a Trombonist
- Currently performs regularly as a member of Pastiche (CSB/SJU faculty ensemble), Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Center Chorale Orchestra.
- Colorado Springs Symphony and Symphony Brass Quintet (1984-1986), Minneapolis Pops Orchestra (1984), and Minnesota Brassworks (1982-1984).