About me

I have always loved music. And I have always loved language and languages. Most of all, I have always loved teaching. I have sung and played and taught music for some 40 years and I have taught languages for about fifteen years.
I live and work in South Germany, about midway between Munich and Salzburg. I play organ, piano, direct a choir, and teach piano, organ, Latin, Ancient Greek, Dutch, English, French, German, and sometimes Italian.
I studied music in Amsterdam with Piet Kee, Ewald Kooiman, Kees Rosenhart, and Boukje Land (Concert Diploma 1996). I performed widely in Europe as an organist, harpsichordist, and pianist. And I wrote about music for a newspaper.

The Grand Prix Bach as well the audience award in the International Organ Competition Lausanne (1997) brought me to New York, where I earned the doctorate with a dissertation on the composer Peter Cornelius (2005). I was made a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, winning both the FAGO Prize and the S. Lewis Elmer Award (2008). 

I taught music history, theory, and performance in college and university in New York for over a decade. In addition, I performed widely, including for many years as organist and harpsichordist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. I also performed on stage with the Ridgewood NJ Gilbert & Sullivan Company and as a tuba player with a Dixieland jazz band.  

After a brief period of performing and teaching in Australia, where I ran a weekly community music event and organized four community music festivals, I completed a Master in Classical Languages (2014) and taught Latin, Greek, and French in various parts of the US before returning to Europe in 2018.
I have since taught in schools in The Netherlands and Germany and played the organ and directed choirs in churches in the Rhineland and Bavaria. I now teach languages at two Volkshochschulen. In addition to my weekly performance at the Evangelical Lutheran churches in Bad Endorf, I am available for concerts, accompaniment, weddings, and funerals.