Music, Culture, and Life in the Non-Profit Fast Lane
I am an orchestra administrator, fundraiser, and ethnomusicologist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I received my Ph.D. in musicology at the Florida State University in 2014. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, I studied bassoon performance and American Studies at the University of Iowa. I have taught courses in popular music, world music, American roots music, and the music of Latin America at FSU and have also taught music appreciation courses at the Tallahassee Community College. My research focuses on how government policy impacts music making in the United States.
Before overseeing the annual fund and grantwriting efforts for the Winston-Salem Symphony, I supervised the annual administration of all grant programs at the Florida Department of State, which included funding opportunities for cultural organizations, artists, historic preservation projects, and libraries.
I’m married to musicologist and indie bookstore rockstar Kate Storhoff. We have a sometimes-friendly elderly chihuahua named Jack.
Harmony and Normalization: U.S.-Cuban Musical Diplomacy. Forthcoming. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
“Music, Politics, and the Liminality of the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival in the Obama Era.” Journal of the Society for American Music 14, no. 1 (2020): 70-91. doi:10.1017/S1752196319000555.
I designed and launched Florida Music Tours, an educational and cultural heritage tourism website for the Florida Department of State, including the research and writing of the blues-related content.
You can view a talk given at the Museum of Florida History for Hispanic Heritage Month, entitled “The Rise of Latin Music in the U.S. and Florida: From the Peanut Vendor to the Miami Sound Machine.”
The Americans for the Arts ARTSblog invited me to be a guest blogger as part of their Emerging Leaders Blog Salon. Visit blog.artsusa.org to read my post, “Another Wide River to Cross: Incentivizing an Arts District in Tallahassee.”