Brian was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1979. He holds both a D.M.A. and a M.Mus. in Composition from The University of Kansas, as well as Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from Valdosta State University. His private instructors have included Mary Ellen Childs, Tayloe Harding, Kip Haaheim, and James Barnes.
As a composer, Brian has written for chorus, wind ensemble, chamber and percussion ensembles, theatre, and the electronic medium. He was recently awarded a Helianthus Commission as well as a grant to travel and serve as a guest composer at the Oiniades Theatre Festival in Greece. His recent commissions include a piece for flute and piano which was premiered in Carnegie Hall in June 2006 and followed by performances in Italy.
Brian is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, and Society of Composers, Inc.
His second love is technology, and Brian is senior editor of TipsFor.us, a multi-author technology site. He is also co-founder of EarStrainer.com, an upcoming online ear-training portal.
D.M.A. in Composition, University of Kansas
M.M. in Composition, University of Kansas
B.M. in Composition, Valdosta State University
B.M. in Music Education, Valdosta State University