Honors & Awards

2007-08 (Age 27):

  • Named as Project Director to the Center for Music-In-Education at New England Conservatory & as a Guided Practice Consultant to the Music-In-Education National Consortium’s National Music Learning Leadership Institutes
  • Winner of a second Hawaii Music Award (category: Exotica Album of the Year), for WAITIKI’s sophomore release, “Rendezvous in Okonkuluku”
  • Co-Presenter at Arts Education Partnerships conference (Jan. 2008) in Anaheim, California; with Dr. Larry Scripp (Executive Director, Music-In-Education National Consortium) and John Ceschini (Arts Education in Maryland State Alliance)
  • Debut performance of “L’Ours Chinois” by Project Copernicus recognized as #4 in list of “Top 10 Classical Music Events” by the Palm Beach Post
  • Original composition “Cave of Uldo” nominated for USA Song of the Year in the Ontario Independent Music Awards
  • Featured as Arranger & Performer on Jim Beloff/Flea Market Music Inc. release of Paradise Lost & Found

2006-07 (Age 26)

  • World Premiere of “L’Ours Chinois” – original composition commissioned by Project Copernicus (Miami, FL)
  • Winner of Exotica Album of the Year Hawaii Music Award for WAITIKI’s “Charred Mammal Flesh: Exotic Music for BBQ” album
  • Named Associate Editor, Journal for Music-In-Education

2005-06 (Age 25)

  • Release of WAITIKI’s debut album, “Charred Mammal Flesh”; album features 13 original compositions
  • Performance by the 21-pc. WAITIKI Orchestrotica at Mexico City’s international Festival de Mexico
  • Featured Guest Performer at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, paying tribute to exotica’s legendary musician, Martin Denny

2004-05 (Age 24)

  • “Akamai Brain Collective” album nominated for Album of the Year, Hawaii Music Awards

2003-04 (Age 23)

  • Graduated from the Arts-In-Education Master’s program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Feature article in the Boston Herald
  • Profiled in The Appian, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s student newspaper

2002-03 (Age 22)

  • Selected to participate in the National Orchestral Institute
  • Graduated from New England Conservatory with Academic Honors; nominated to a fraternity (I can’t remember its name!); awarded NEC’s Music-In-Education Concentration