Major Awards

2018: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Individual Artist Grant for the Nossa Senhora Suite

2017: Sacatar Institute Fellowship, Bahia, Brazil (2018 eight week residency)

2016: New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fiscal sponsorship for new Afro-Brazilian project, the Nossa Senhora Suite

2015: Berger-Carter Research Fund grant recipient, Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, NJ Research on jazz in Catholicism in the late 1960s/early 1970s

2011: Finalist for a Fulbright research/teaching award in São Paulo, Brazil

2002: Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Jacksonville, FL

Fan Award

2016: Hothouse New York Fans Decision Jazz Award- best pianist

Composing- Awards and commissions

2018: Composition Fellow at the Choral Art Initiative PREMIERE|Project Festival
(Premiere of SATB piece, “Oração da Viajante (The Traveler’s Prayer)”

2017: Winner of the ChoralArt New England Carol Contest
(SATB a cappella piece, “A Christmas Carol”)

2017: Winner of the Colorado Chorale commissioning contest (2018 premiere of “After a Storm”)

2017: Winner of the Annual Hymn Search of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada
(“We Belong to God”)

2017: Justice Choir call for scores: SATB song, “We Walk in Love,” is selected for the Justice  Choir Songbook, Vol. 1

2017: St. Peter Episcopal Church, Astabula, OH (SA commission, “Who Do You Say?”)

2016: MusicSpoke: Selected as a MusicSpoke affiliated composer

2016: Lutheran Arts’ Martin Luther Hymn Prize recipient (new hymn and anthem commission)

2016: Illinois-ACDA Composition Contest Winner (for SSAA piece, “Where Shadow Chases Light”)

2015: Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, New York
One of five composers selected for the annual music-theatre workshop

2015: The Astoria Choir Call for Scores Winner (for SSAATTB piece, “Glistening Lily”)

2013: The American Prize in Choral Composition semifinalist (for “Glistening Lily”)

2013-15: Park Avenue Christian Church, New York
Over fifteen original works for Sanctuary Choir, Gospel Choir, and congregation

2010: United Methodist Women’s Assembly, St. Louis, MO (theme song for 6000 attendees)

2004: Concentus Women’s Choir, Rochester, NY (SSAA commission, ‘I learned that her name was Proverb’)