The American Prize in Composition, Semi-Finalist Status in Wind Ensemble Division

Faculty Advisor, Society of Composers Student Chapter, Shepherd University, 2016

Sabbatical for Professional Development, Composing and Research, 2016

Faculty Professional Development Grant for Jazz Recording, 2016

World Oceans New Music Ensemble Award and Performance, 2015/16

Boston Metro Opera, Director’s Choice Award, 2014

Finalist in Master Composer category (from 210 worldwide submissions) from International Music Prizes in Composition, December 2010

WVMTA Commissioned Composer of the Year, 2012 

Shepherd University Faculty Search Committee, 2019-2020

Shepherd University Curriculum and Instruction Committee 2012-present

Shepherd University Arts and Humanities Area Curriculum Committee (Chair), 2010-present

Shepherd University Professional Development Committee, 2009-present

Shepherd University Music Department Faculty Search Committee (Co-Chair), 2008-2009

Shepherd University Music Department Interim Faculty Search Committees, 2009-2010

Shepherd University HLC Self-Study Steering Committee, 2010

Honorary fully inducted member of Xi Epsilon Chapter, Phi Mu Alpha, 2010

Honorary member of Eta Tau Chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota, the Women’s Music Sorority, 2010

Faculty Advisor, Eta Tau Chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota

Cambridge University (UK) “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals,” 2005

Who’s Who of American Teachers, 1998 (second nomination in 2005)

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, 1997

Presidential Recognition for Service from President George H. W. Bush, 1999

CAI (computer-assisted instruction) Lab Coordinator, Catholic University, 2001-2003

Coördinator (and member), Theater Arts Group, Montgomery College, 1987-2000

Music Grants Award Committee, Montgomery County Arts Council, 1997-1998

College Music Society, 2005-present

Society of Composers, 2005-present

Society of Music Theory, 2005-present

Chair, Jazz Curriculum Development Committee, Montgomery College, 1994-1999

Montgomery College, Area Coordinator, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboard Skills, responsible for curriculum development and uniform implementation, 1992-2001

Montgomery College 50th Anniversary Arts Committee, 1995-1996

Montgomery College Faculty Search Committees, 1996, 1998

Montgomery College, Music Building Renovation Oversight Committee, 1995-1999

Montgomery College Representative, Council for Higher Education in Music, 1990-2000

Catholic University Representative to CHEM, 2000-2005

Presenter, Seminar for American University Music Faculty: Implementing a Jazz Major in a Traditional University Curriculum, 1999

Member, International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), 1987-present

Treasurer, IAJE Maryland Unit, 1989-1995

Executive Board Member, MD Unit IAJE, 1996-2005

Executive Board Member, MD Jazz Educators, 2005-present

Mid-Atlantic Region IAJE Conference Committee, 1997-2001

Music Educator’s National Conference, 1990-1996

Maryland Music Educators Association, 1990-1996

North American Brass Band Association, 1988-1993

American Federation of Musicians, Local 161-710, 1981-2004

Music Reviewer, Gaithersburg Gazette, 1998-2000

Contributing arts writer, ShoreKids Magazine 2005-2009

Guild of Episcopal Church Musicians, 1999-present

Radio Engineer’s License (Class C), FCC

Personal Interests, Eleemosynary Duties, and Other Information


Vestry, St. John’s Episcopal Parish, Hagerstown, MD

Stewardship Commission, St. John’s Episcopal Parish

Choir member (Tenor or Bass/Baritone) St. John’s Episcopal Parish

Memorial Music Fund for St. John’s Episcopal Church~

      (in memoriam Helen Austin Rapp and Janice Austin Cook)

Coördinator PMA, SAI, SUDOM Food drives supporting St John’s Foodbank, Foodbank of Western Maryland, HARC, and Bester Elementary School Food Pantry

Coördinator for SU official collection point, USMC Toys for Tots Campaign

Principal donor, St. John’s Episcopal Church Concert Series

Friends of Holy Trinity Cathedral Music School, Haiti

The National Cathedral Association

Friends of Truro (Cornwall, UK) Cathedral

The National Symphony Orchestra Association (including donated performances)

Member of The Nature Conservancy

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Other charitable and support organizations throughout the years.