As Artistic Director

of the Bach & Beethoven experience

I have had the privelege to work with amazing co-directors and musicians on some of my most favorite projects to date.

the story of a pa i sha

a musical narrative about my chickasaw ancestors

As a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, I grew up looking at the portrait of my 4th great grandmother Pa I Sha, a woman of immense strength who carried the Chickasaw reputation of "unconquered and unconquerable." This musical narrative, The Story of Pa I Sha, highlights four major stories about my Chickasaw ancestors using my original settings of stomp dances, traditional songs, and hymns from the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations.

carols album release

the bach & beethoven experience released its 4th album called carols

Featuring a carol for each day of December, the Carols album is an eclectic mix of villancicos, spirituals, fiddle tunes, and familiar carols with a twist.

The gentle shepherd

scotland's first opera

Back in 2015, I was doing research on fiddle traditions in the 17th and 18th centuries, and by fate came across this work that is an astounding example of how folk tunes and the "classical music" of the time intersected. Published in 1725 by the revered poet Allan Ramsay, this charming comedy of shepherds and their lasses was last performed in the U.S. in 1798. It features the folk and fiddle music of Scotland as “arias” set to text. With a 16-member cast of Chicago’s leading next generation artists the BBE (re)premiered this Scottish opera at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Theater Wit to sold out shows. Click below to read about tale of the noble hearted Patie, and his lovely Peggy, the struggle between love and aristocratic duty, and a couple of old lassies who teach a wayward laddie a lesson with their "sorcerous" pranks!