I have been playing music for a long time – since I was six. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in 1982 with performance degrees in both piano and organ. My organ teacher was David Dahl.
Tinkering with organs is one of my favorite things. In high school, I worked for organbuilder Byard Fritts. (Byard’s son Paul is now a well known organbuilder.) American organs of the Victorian period are one of my passions. After college I worked for George Bozeman in New Hampshire and later Richard Bond in Oregon, both known for their work with historic organs. In 1994, the American Institute Of Organbuilders awarded me their Colleague certificate.
William Porter and Yuko Hayashi were my teachers during graduate school at New England Conservatory.
My wife, Cheryl and I married in 1987, and we have a son, Isaac. We are all musicians. I am Music Associate at Epiphany Parish (Episcopal) in Seattle. Cheryl is Director of Music Ministries at Spanaway Lutheran Church. Isaac is studying music at St. Olaf College.
We are all active performers on piano and organ in the Seattle-Tacoma area. I have played for three national conventions of the Organ Historical Society. We live in an old house in Auburn, Washington.