Career Positions

  • Education
  • Current Employment
  • Previous Employment and Professional Engagements
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Residencies and Consulting
  • Awards and Honors
  • Grants


MA Music Composition

  • University of Missouri; 1995

BA Music

  • Graduated Phi Beta Kappa; Stanford University; 1978

Current Employment

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Department of Dance

  • Associate Professor, Music Director, Co-Coordinator of Undergraduate Education, 2001-present

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), UIUC

  • Faculty Fellow, 2014-present

Illinois eDream Institute, NCSA

  • Co-Director, 2017-present

Illinois Informatics Institute, UIUC

  • Faculty, 2013-present

Previous Employment and Professional Engagements

Illinois-Japan Performing Arts Network (IJPAN)

  • Technical Director, 2010-13

Advanced Technology Center, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Producer, Sound Designer, Graphic Artist, Video and Creative Director, 1993-2001

Stephens College Dance and Theater Departments, Columbia, MO

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Dance Accompanist, Conductor, 1992-2000

San Francisco Symphony

  • Harpsichordist and Pianist, 1987-91

Carmel Bach Festival

  • Harpsichordist, 1986-91

San Jose Symphony

  • Pianist, 1988-1990

The Event of the Year, San Francisco, CA

  • Composer, Arranger, Conductor of musical/dance theater productions, 1986-1990

Stanford University Department of Dance

  • Dance Accompanist, Adjunct Lecturer, 1978-90

Palo Alto Children's Theater, Palo Alto, CA

  • Musical Director, Composer, Conductor, 1980-1983

New Performance Gallery, Footwork Dance Studio, San Francisco, CA

  • Professional Dance Accompanist, 1980-1990

Independent harpsichord and early keyboard instrument builder, 1978-1990

Professional Affiliations

eDream, the Emerging Digital Research And Education in Arts Media Institute

    • Co-Director, 2016-18
    • Fiddler Fellow, 2018-present

LAIT, the Laboratory for Audience Interactive Technologies

    • Founder and Director, 2014–present

International Guild of Musicians in Dance

    • Founding Member, 2004-present
    • Past President 2009-13

Member, ASCAP

Residencies and Consulting

University of California-Irvine (UC-I) Institute for 21st Century Creativity

  • 4-week residency to create INTERFACE: Alternate Reality; January-February 2018

NOMAD Dance Advocates

  • Movement Research Global Practice Sharing delegate; Belgrade, Serbia, October 2017

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

  • Consultant hired to evaluate the Tisch Dance and New Media program; December 2016

Virtual Reality MultiMedia Park

  • Consultant for interactive software development for frameshift, version 2; Turin, Italy, May 2012.

STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music)

  • 4-week residency to develop interactive musical instruments; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Fall 2010

Awards and Honors

eDream Fiddler Fellow Award

NCSA Faculty Fellows Award

Madden Fellowship in Technology, Arts, and Culture

  • Title and $15,000 grant to investigate computer-assisted interactive dance, 2006-7

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Pinnacle Award, Computer-based Public Education

  • Annual national award given to IMPACT–Asthma Kids!, the interactive CD-ROM that I produced while at the Advanced Technology Center at the University of Missouri, June 2002

Paul Revitt Award for Musicological Research

  • College Music Society, 1992


UIUC Office of Undergraduate Research

  • To implement a university-wide "alternative honors" program through the Illinois eDream Institute : $9,500, 2018

National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program

  • To support commercialization feasibility study and enterprise training for the LAIT mobile application system: $2,000 and in-kind support, 2017

UIUC Research Board

To support the production of INTERFACE: Alternate Reality: $3,149, 2018

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • For the “Moving Stories” project to design digital tools for investigating movement, meaning and interaction through the intersection of three unique domains: Laban movement analysis, digital interaction technologies, and social and cultural applications and outcomes: Collaborating Researcher; $5M Canadian (UIUC share $1.25M US), 2012-17

Department of Education Illinois Learning Science Design Initiative (ILSDI)

  • To write a white paper about the uses of LAIT within education and other disciplines: $4000, 2015

FAA Creative Research Award

  • To research the use of iPads in performance and establish NOTABLE, the New Order Tablet Ensemble: $9,000, 2012-13

FAA Creative Research Award

  • To develop and stage the interactive dance work Inventions Suite: $4,000, 2007

UIUC Campus Research Board

  • To create an interactive dance work with choreographer David Marchant: $20,000, 2005

Provost’s Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA)

  • For workshops to improve the music in the Department of Dance and publication of the results: $5100, 2004