Born May 17, 1954 in Alhambra, California
I started playing guitar when I was 13 but did not take formal lessons until after high school. I studied music at Orange Coast College and took private lessons with maestro Cornel Imry. I have no academic credentials.
I participated in one master class with Jose Tomas when I was taking music classes at OCC and studying with maestro Imry.
I’ve been on the board of the Orange County Guitar Circle for more than 20 years including a year as president. I’ve performed many times on the yearly directors’ showcase playing solos, duets and ensembles with fellow board members and friends.
My first teaching position was at Bassett Studios in Santa Ana in the late 1970′s followed soon by a position at Patrick’s Musician in Fullerton. I then taught at Loma Linda University and California Baptist College for most of the 1980′s.
In the late 1980′s I began working part time for a small software startup which soon became my full time job during the 1990′s. I kept my hand in the classical guitar world playing gigs, teaching a little and helping out with the OCGC monthly concerts.
In 2001 I left the software business and began teaching classical guitar privately. I took some classes at various colleges studying subjects that interested me including child development and education but never pursued credentials.
I teach private lessons out of my home and am still on the OCGC board and still do some programming for fun. I set up the original web site for the OCGC and created and maintain this web site.
I love both the arts and sciences which I see as being two sides of the same coin. In my teaching I integrate them with my students’ studies in school. My wife is a fully credentialed teacher in the Garden Grove school district and we share a deep passion for education.
On the About menu you will find two linked pages – a gallery of pictures from my garden and a gallery of some dodecahedra that I made with a few done by my sister, mother and a student. Both are about light, geometry and connections between the arts and sciences. There are a couple of images in the garden photos that include dodecahedra in the background.
I was a docent for the UCI arboretum
where I learned a few things about plants and continue to enjoy time spent working in my garden.
Written from Garden Grove, California, USA – March 3, 2010