• Mount Saint Mary’s University (2019-present)
    • Director / Conductor of Mount Bridge Orchestra
  • Longy School of Music at Bard College (2020)
    • Instructor in the Masters of Arts in Teaching
  • Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (2019-present)
    • Artistic Director
  • Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation (2011-present)
    • Artistic Director (2017-present)
    • Novae SinfoniaConductor and Music Director
      • Novae Sinfonia introduces young musicians to non-Western performances practices that compliment and enrich Western classical performance practices, by learning and performing the works of contemporary composers who “code-switch.”
  • Pacific Symphony (2018-present)
    • Resident Composer of the Young Composers Fellowship Program
  • Salastina Music Society (2018-present)
    • Resident Composer/Mentor of the Sounds Promising Young Composers Program
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2018-2020)
    • Inaugural Artist Educator
    • Resident Composer of the Composer Fellowship Program
    • Pre-Concert Lecturer
    • Mentor to the LA Orchestra Diversity Fellows
  • Community Arts Partnership (CAP) (2006-2018)
    • Lead Instructor, West African Drumming and Dance
  • Glendale Community College (2018)
    • Instructor, West African Drumming and Dance (2018)
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic (2011-2017)
    • Teaching Artist

SELECTED INVITED LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

2018 Los Angeles Philharmonic Upbeat Live Pre-Concert Lectures

– Featured speaker for upcoming Green Umbrella series concert Adams Conducts (February 20, 2018) and the Visiting Orchestras series with the San Francisco Symphony (March 28, 2018).

 2016 League of Orchestras Conference

– Panelist on the “Leveraging Creative Connections” session. Discussed how orchestras can build and develop stronger relationships with their diverse communities.

2016 “Music and Dance of Ghana” at Glendale Community College

– Lecture on Ghanaian music theory and culture.

2015 Composer-in-residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Alive: New Partnerships, New Music USA

– Workshops on West African music in Los Angeles schools through “Meet the Music” and pre and post-concert lectures and performances on the use West African musical influences in my orchestral piece Prisms, Cycles, Leaps.

2014 “Music and Dance of Ghana” at Glendale Community College

– Lecture on Ghanaian music theory and culture.

2014 “Speaking Voice” for Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s Sounds and Spaces Series

– Performance and lecture at the Homeland Cultural Center, Long Beach, CA.

2013 “Integrating Music into Required Educational Curriculum” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

– Lecturer for the Evenings for Educators Series workshop.

2013 “Music and Dance of Ghana” at Glendale Community College

– Lecture on Ghanaian music theory and culture.

2013 Neuron Speak at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

– Pre-concert lecture on the premiere of Neuron Speak, written for the Los Angeles Electric 8 ensemble.

 

 

TEACHING  

2013-cont. Private Instruction

– Music composition, music technology and industry, and music theory

2011-2017 Teaching Artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphony for Schools Program

– The LA Phil Symphony for Schools Program provides students (grades K-12) the opportunity to connect to passionate musicians, a world-class orchestra, and a concert hall that students have described as a silver tulip.

2009-cont. Zadonu Dance Company

– Instructor in West African drumming and dancing in the greater Los Angeles area

2005-cont. Associate Instructor at Community Arts Partnership (CAP) of California Institute of the Arts

– Advanced music theory, composition, musicianship skills, chamber music performance, music and dance of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana. CAP serves a wide variety of youths from elementary school through high school from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.

2002-2011 Guest Teaching Artist

– Music and Dance of Ghana Course at University of California, Los Angeles Ethnomusicology Department