"Many times, a great musical moment is at once both surprising and inevitable. How do composers achieve this? By learning harmony and counterpoint, a composer knows how musical patterns and tendencies work."
"I hope students walk away from my classes with a strong sense of their own value and talent, a deeper understanding of the musical traditions and styles of previous composers and artists, and a vision for how they can best use their talents to develop their own musical voice."
"I wish for my students to understand that, in any musical collaboration, they should bring the best out of every person they work with. They must understand that not even a conductor has all the right answers, and that's OK."
"You have to develop really good writing skills before the technology will work for you in the way it's supposed to. And live performance, the human element, is so intangible but so necessary and so exciting."