Born May 24, 1984 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Scored Very Superior range on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale at age 6. Lived in Hamilton, Brantford, Mississauga, Toronto and Burlington, Ontario, during childhood. Appeared in feature article in the Burlington Post during 1993, after winning the Silver Medal award for highest marks in Grade 5 piano in the province of Ontario, within the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. Taught by Norah Langton of Brantford, Ontario. Attended gifted program at Sir John Peel Public School in Burlington, among other schools. In 1996, moved to Surabaya, Indonesia and attended Surabaya International School. While there, emplyed as lounge pianist for the 5-star hotel, Mandarin Oriental Majapahit. Subsequently, moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and attended Sir Winston Churchill Public School and St. George's School in Vancouver.
While in Vancouver, was an active member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets during 1996-7. Participated in various math competitions, mentored autistic children, and participated in a piano ensemble led by Donna Fishwick. Within the Young Artists Piano Ensemble, won awards and scholarships at the Student's Performers Guild, the Music Man Festival, the Clef Society Festival, the Coquitlam District Music Festival, and from the Connecticut Foundation of the Arts. Performances included the Shadbolt Center of the Arts at Deer Lake, Burnaby, BC; Vancouver Convention Center; Steinway Hall, New York; Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University; Vancouver Area Crafts Festival; ALCAN Dragon Boat Festival at the Plaza of Nations; Disneyland, California; the University of British Columbia; Caldicott School, Cliveden Royal Estates and Eton College, England; Canadian War Museum, Belgium; Brahms Museum, Mondsee, Austria; and Bonn, Germany. Completed all theory and practical requirements for the Royal Conservatory of Music's Performer Associateship Diploma (ARCT). These requisites include great competence in Harmony, Music History, Counterpoint, Analysis and professional level performance of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century works. Masterclasses with James Lent of Yale, Robert Rogers of UBC. Teachers also include Debbie Choit, Sasha Starcevich, and Edward Parker, all of Vancouver, BC.
High school at Camp Hill High School ('01), Pennsylvania. Participated in Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, MathCounts, Pennsylvania Governors School for Information Technology, National Young Leaders Conference, Model UN and student teaching Calculus and C++. Ran Camp Hill Cross Country, both junior varsity and varsity teams. Positions as secretary of Camp Hill National Honor Society, assistant editor of the Yearbook. Named as one of the Patriot News "Best and Brightest," interviewed and showcased. Acted as lighting assistant and general accompanist for Camp Hill theatre productions. Extensive volunteering at Holy Spirit Hospital and Harrisburg Hospital, participating at national hospital conferences. Perfect SATs, National Merit Finalist for PSAT. Employed as resident entertainer at area nursing homes, as certified nursing assistant for ManorCare Health Services, and as web designer for local businesses. Trained in CPR and licensed as a CNA, also 75% completion of Medical Assistant training.
High school music experience includes performing for the ABC27 Celebration of Children; being hired to entertain for events sponsored by Mayor Stephen Reed of Harrisburg, performances at the Wednesday Club of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg ArtsFest, at numerous art festivals, heritage events, local, county and state choral festivals; and accompanying for Jubilate! and the Harrisburg Choral Society. Teachers include Robert Roberson of Messiah College and John Harrison of Elizabethtown College.
Entered University of Pennsylvania ('05) in Pilot Curriculum and as Benjamin Franklin Scholar, with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and history. To that end, took intensive survey classes in general biology, immunology, neurobiology, chemistry, biomedical philosophy and ethics, physics, epigenetics, evolutionary psychology and more; also, member of Bioethics Society and the American Medical Students Association. See Essays and Proposals for sample biology and history research papers.
Lab experience with several on-campus research labs: Professor Ted Abel of the Biology Department, studying sleep mechanisms in mice with overview of general protocols (DNA preps, blotting, embedding of brain samples); Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, studying Alzheimer's and Parkinson's with detailed practice of immunohistochemistry and histology techniques, animal surgery, and general microsope analysis; Professor David Casarett of the Divison of Geriatrics, studing hospice care and medical decision making with extensive experiment design and management, research compilation and subject interviews; and Dr. Richard Doty of the Smell and Taste Center, studying facets of the otorhinolaryngological system(s). This latter placement involved much more extensive research design and planning (see Proposals for examples), and participation with grant reviews and the Institutional Review Board.
Participated as member of the International Affairs Association, Connaissance, the Hollywood Club, the Penn Family Care Drew Afterschool Program, Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Alpha and an almost-implementation of an honor society branch at Penn (which was finally vetoed by the Office of Student Affairs for, to me, fairly spurious reasons). Former member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. General Assignments reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian until graduation to the Science and Technology beat, a position held for one year. Fairly active member of Mayer and Stouffer Hall events.
Was student conductor, piano soloist and accompanist for the Penn Glee Club. With this all-male choral group, performed for numerous Philadelphia events, including Phillies games, Rittenhouse Square events, and official ceremonies; also, performances for Martin Sheen, Richard Cheney, Wharton, Penn Law, Penn Dental and Penn Med events. International performances include Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Singapore; Miami, Uruguay and Argentina; and Ireland. All international performances include active participation of the US Embassy, local well-to-do Penn alumnae and political celebrities. Co-Community chair for the Penn Musicians Against Homelessness, accompanist for the Penn Opera Society, accompanist and full member of Penn Singers and Penn Players, as well as member of most theatre groups.
Continuing musical career includes musical director position for local and student theatre groups. Shows include Into the Woods, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Songs for a New World, Sweeney Todd and Grease, among others. Choral and soloist direction, piano and keyboards accompaniment, vocal and orchestral arrangements, pit band/orchestra conducting. On-call accompanist and musician for local institutions and individuals, including the University of Pennsylvania, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Studio Incamminati and so on. Helped arrange and perform new operas and musicals written by and performed by Philadelphians.
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