Ph.D. 1991 Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (Music Composition and Theory)
dissertation thesis: “Compositional Technique In Elliott Carter’s Penthode: A Study In Phraseology And Formal Design.”
dissertation composition: Six études brèves for violoncello and computer-processed tape.
M.F.A. 1988 Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (Music Composition and Theory)
B.A. 1982 Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota (Music and Music Education), magna cum laude
Digital Audio Processing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Barry Vercoe.
Private studies in computer music composition with Charles Dodge.
Composition studies with Allen Anderson, Arthur Berger, and Martin Boykan.
Composition seminars with Jack Beeson, Mario Davidovsky, and Olly Wilson.
Composition master classes with Paul Fetler, George Rochberg, and Joseph Schwantner.
Serial and set theory with Martin Boykan.
Schenkerian theory with Allan Keiler and Allen Anderson.