Where to begin?
My class prophecy was that I would choreograph for the Bolshoi. I didn't get close to Moscow, but did manage to land (through a very circuitous and totally unplanned route) in Manhattan where I worked at RCA Records in the classical music and Broadway shows division.
Within a few weeks of my journey I was working with composer John Corigliano (Academy Award winner for "The Red Violin") and the likes of flutist, James Galway, conductors, James Levine and Leonard Slatkin, pianists, Emanuel Ax, Barry Douglas and others.
On the Broadway end, I was involved in the shows of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Follies in Concert and Assassins). I also worked on La Cage aux folles (where I made an onstage appearance for the final NYC performance), Sophisticated Ladies, 42nd Street, Song and Dance, Jekyll and Hyde and others.
I was really fortunate to work with many gifted people and worked on producing albums for Linda Eder, Cleo Laine, Peter Allen and Henry Mancini. My proudest moment was when the Original Cast Recording of the musical Chess was nominated for a Grammy Award. I worked with Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (of ABBA fame) as the associate producer on that recording.
While at RCA, I produced a series of Film Classics recordings as well as a series called "Stress-Busters" - classical music for a stress-less world.
If you own a CD copy of the Broadway cast albums of Peter Pan, Hair, Annie Get Your Gun, you'll see my name listed in the credits. One of my proudest achievements was to restore over 40 Original Broadway Cast Recordings for compact disc complete with music tracks that had never been heard before and photos that had never been seen.
I have a BS in Special Education (Deaf) and a Masters in German (thank you Miss Biesenbach!) and am now back in Rochester, NY where I have my own web design business -
- Paladin Digital - and perform as a voice actor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT. During the day I work in the city schools as an interpreter/teacher of the Deaf.