I was raised in Syracuse, New York by Christian parents. My mother had been a missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship to indigent communities in the American Southwest and to Czechoslovakia. My father was an aspiring Czech minister when they met and were married. They settled in the Syracuse area and raised 6 children, of whom I was the youngest. We attended a variety of Protestant denominations growing up and it wasn’t until graduate school that I was attracted to the liturgical worship style of the Episcopal church. My wife Nancy and I were married at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT.
We came to Murfreesboro from New York City when I was offered the position of Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at MTSU. Nancy and I were confirmed at St. Paul’s in 1991, and we raised two fabulous children here, Andrew and Tyler. With the exception of a two-year hiatus, during which I performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Murfreesboro has been our home since 1989, longer than any other residence!
As a musician, I’ve been fortunate to perform and/or record with many notable artists in some amazing venues. Nashville’s performing opportunities have helped me stay current as a musician, while my teaching career has progressed. I see my teaching career as an important, if quiet, ministry to my college students, helping them develop their artistry while discovering who they are becoming as adults. It has been a privilege to work with many gifted young people for the past 30 years.
At St. Paul’s I have played trombone for worship services, funerals, weddings and other major celebrations, sung in the choir, served on a music director search committee, and been involved in several Habitat work days. Nancy and I led a home Bible study in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and have hosted several stewardship gatherings. We are front-yard gardeners and avid beekeepers.