I re-joined Local 802 shortly after I won the 2017-2018 American Prize for conducting in musical theatre. I decided to leave my position as a college music professor to become a full-time conductor, music director, pianist, organist, harpsichordist and keyboardist. I’m currently playing Keyboard 1 for the national tour of “Phantom of the Opera” and I also recently conducted and music directed “The Sound of Music” at the Gateway Theatre. (I also played Keyboard 1 for the show.) In my college teaching position, I founded a theatre orchestra and taught students how to perform as successful pit orchestra musicians. I also music directed our college shows, including a memorable production of “In the Heights.” I earned a master’s degree in accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in performance from SUNY Stony Brook. I also teach privately and work as the musical director of a synagogue. Music is important to me because there’s nothing else I can do better. My entire life is centered around musical relationships. I would love to hear from others about their musical experiences in NYC and how they found success in freelancing.