My earliest ‘fame’ came thanks to my Soprano pipes in the Vienna Choir Boys. This organization has been a boarding school and training intensive for young musicians for centuries. Though some of my most vivid memories are of home stays during the non-stop international tours, and daily soccer games, there’s no denying that it started me on my life-long professional path.
I have a degree in Piano Pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where my principle professor was the innovative and thoughtful Ursula Kneihs. She set a truly inspiring example for high personal standards of excellence, and reverence for the musician’s calling as both performer and educator.
At that time, I was also researching, composing and arranging for the small vocal ensemble La Cappella. Preparing those scores was the gateway to digital engraving, an expertise that was still new at that time. Contracts for Universal Edition in Vienna followed, and I felt confident with that vocation when I relocated to Chicago in 1992. In addition to innovative scores for individual composer clients, extensive collaboration with Hal Leonard broadened my experience to include orchestral scores, band method books, and award-winning, widely-used editions of art song.
I can now say that my training ranges beyond top-notch engraving to include the interpersonal skills acquired from decades of meeting new clients, each of them bringing distinct projects with unique challenges, as well as long-standing relationships with editors and software designers. I am meticulous, responsible, creative, good-humored— and I still play soccer.