Born in 1958 at Bethesda, Maryland, USA, I was self-taught in music from the ages of 12 to 19, after which I attended the Catholic University of America (B.Mus., 1980), the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (M.Mus., 1983), and the Ohio State University (Ph.D., incomplete, 1984-87). Since 1987, I have earned my living as a software engineer. I make my home in rural central Ohio, with my wife, children, and (at last count) thirteen pets. My earliest distinctive compositions date from 1977. The highest compliment I have ever been paid was that I am "a native speaker of music", and the worst dispraise I have received (to my face, at any rate!) was a characterization of my compositional technique as "micro-pastiche".