BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER AND EDUCATOR (Teacher of the year and Educator of the Year 2006-2007, SC, USA; several nominations for Who’s Who Among American Teachers).

    • Serpentarius (2017) (3:00) for violin and piano, Commission by ATEM Ensemble, premiere nov. 23, 2017, Remus Georgescu Doctor Honoris Causa concert, Timisoara.
    • 2017 Diploma, Presentation: “The Effect of Relaxation Techniques on Student Music Sight-Reading and Short-Term Learning under Test-Induced Performance Anxiety.”The Center for Excellence in the Field of European Educational, Cultural and Artistic Connection: Education in the Society of Knowledge, Art & Education National Conference with international participation, 9th Edition, „Gheorghe Dima”, Cluj-Napoca, April 5-7, 2017.
    • 2016 Diploma, Presentation: “Cycling ’74 Max, a Cross-Curricular Educational Platform.”The Center for Excellence in the Field of European Educational, Cultural and Artistic Connection: Art and Education National Conference with international participation, 8th Edition, Information and Communication Technology in the Musical Field Symposium, Academia de Muzică Gheorghe Dima, Cluj-Napoca, April 14, 2016.
    • 2015 Detroit Symphony Concert Orchestra and All-State Orchestra, performances, Hunab Ku for orchestra, Michigan and West Virginia, USA.
    • 2012 North Carolina Honors All-State Orchestra, performance, Hunab Ku for orchestra, North Carolina, USA.
    • 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Devotion and Lasting Contribution Given to Eau Claire High School Fine Arts Music Department, Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2010 Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra, Commission, Hunab Ku for Orchestra, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
    • 2010 Producer for one episode (Star Formation) and composer of the original title song of the Emmy Award-winning Plugged-In science show, WGTE Public Media Television, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
    • 2008 Winner, Udumvara for horn in F and orchestra, Concerto Competition, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
    • 2007 1st Prize, Artemis and the Red Dragon for flute and piano, Craig’s Piano Keyboard Composition Competition, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
    • 2007 New Music Festival, Commission, Hawa for violoncello and piano, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, USA.
    • 2006 – 2012 Consistently reviewed with “exceeds expectations” during my university teaching career at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
    • 2006 – 2007 Teacher of the Year, Certificate of Recognition, Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2006 – 2007 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Public Education, Greater Chamber of Commerce, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2006 Teacher of the Year Plaque, Eau Claire High School Alumni Association, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2006 Educator of the Year Plaque, Eau Claire Community Council, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2005 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Accomplishments and Contributions to Eau Claire High School, Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2005 Certificate of Appreciation for Devoted and Invaluable Services for Project G.O.A.L. Tutor, after-school tutoring program at Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2004 Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Services, Foreign Academic and Cultural Exchange Services, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2002 The World’s Best Teacher, Diploma for Excellent Work, Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
    • 2001 Commission, Maximilian Kolbe Theater Play original soundtrack (2001, Eugene Ionesco International Theater Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
    • 2000 Ex-Libris, electronic suite for Rolanx XP-80, Commission, Christian Nas, Stuttgart Radio Philharmonic, Stuttgart, Germany.
    • 1999 Winner, Song of the Year, Spice from No Man’s Land electronic music album, CD- Radio, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
    • 1996 Certificate of Chorgesang (Choral Training), Bach Academy, Leipzig, Germany.
    • 1994 Antifonia [Contemporary Music] Choral Ensemble Honor Member Diploma, Gheorghe Dima Music Conservatory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
    • 1991 Grand Prize, original compositions and interpretation, Metal Fan Gala Competition, Bucharest, Romania.

ACADEMIC DEGREES

    • 2015 Doctor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
      Specialization: Composition.
      Cognate: Music Cognition.
      Dissertation: The Stillness of the Silent Sound: A Tantric Analysis of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Aus den sieben Tagen.
      Permalink: https://etd.ohiolink.edu/ap/10?0::NO:10:P10_ETD_SUBID:100753
      Committee: Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude (chair), Mikel Kuehn, Mary Natvig, Patricia Sharp (committee members).
    • 2008 Master of Music in Music Composition, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
    • 2001 Bachelor of Music in Music Pedagogy, Western University of Timisoara, Romania.
      Emphasis: Choral Conducting and Ensemble.
    • 1990 Baccalaureate in Viola, Art High School, Music Profile, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

WORKS AND PERFORMANCES in a wide range of musical genres, featured on TV and radio stations in USA and abroad.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
University and K 5-12

2016 – 2018 Assistant Professor, West University, Timisoara, Romania.
Teaching assignments:
Music Harmony (undergraduate)
Music Analysis (graduate)
Experimental Music (Formatii Specifice Instrumentale Experimentale)
Score Reading (undergraduate)
Introduction to Composition (non-academic) Responsibilities: program building, recruiting, teaching, short and long-term planning, developing syllabi, course manual, tutoring, generating teaching, learning & assessment tools as well as course materials, grading, and various other tasks related to course management and technology; serving undergraduate and graduate students.

2015, April 13 Guest Lecturer, Seminar in Music Literature: Music, Magic, and Transformation (MUCT 6220), Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. On-line lecture on Karlheinz Stockhausen's Intuitive Music Cycle Aus den sieben Tagen.

2009 – 2012 Teacher of Record, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
Teaching assignments:
2012 Spring: MUCT 1160 Fundamentals of Composition
2011 Fall: MUCT 1160 Fundamentals of Composition
2011 Spring: MUCT 2210 Masterpieces of Music
2010 Fall: MUCT 1160 Fundamentals of Composition
2010 Spring: MUCT 1010 Exploring Music
2009 Fall: MUCT 116 Fundamentals of Composition
Responsibilities: teaching, planning, developing syllabi, tutoring, generating teaching & assessment tools as well as course materials, on-line grading, and various other tasks related to course management and technology; serving undergraduate and graduate students. For MUCT 1010 responsibilities were shared for the general course, while I had full responsibility for the semester-long section I taught.

2010 – 2011 Viola Teacher, private classes, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA.
Tasks: test custom teaching methods for my graduate research, develop age-appropriate learning materials, develop proper posture, correct use of the left and right hand, develop vibrato, shifting, and proper tone production, etc.

2008 – 2009 Graduate Assistant, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
Teaching assignments:
2009 Spring: MUCT 116 Fundamentals of Composition 2008 Fall: MUCT 216 and MUCT 616 Composition
Responsibilities: teaching, planning, developing syllabi, tutoring, generating teaching & assessment tools as well as course materials; serving both graduate and undergraduate students. I gave lectures in tandem with my supervisor.

2007 Music Theory Teacher, Eastern Music Festival (EMF), Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Responsibilities: designing teaching and learning materials and teaching Music Theory to students (K 9-12 and collegiate level) at EMF for the duration of the festival.

2006 – 2008 Teaching Assistant, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.
Assistant assignments:
2008 Spring: MUCT 320 Band Scoring and MUCT 325 Choral Literature
2007 Fall: MUCT 320 Band Scoring and MUCT 315 Orchestration
2007 Spring: MUCT 320 Band Scoring and MUCT 325 Choral Arranging
2006 Fall: MUCT 320 Band Scoring and MUCT 315 Orchestration
Responsibilities: giving lectures (Strings Orchestration, Modulation, Sibelius Score Editing, Review), teacher substitute, student technology laboratory assistant, classroom technology assistant, preparing course materials, and paper grading; serving undergraduate students.

2004 – 2006 Teacher, Music Theory, Harmony, Composition, and Classical Guitar, after-school classes, Eau Claire High School, Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

2004 – 2005 Strings Teacher, Columbia College, Private Studio, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Teaching assignments:
Violin
Viola
Violoncello
Contrabass
Responsibilities: private teaching, generating teaching & assessment tools as well as course materials; serving students enrolled at Columbia College.

2001 – 2006 Orchestra Director, Teacher, Project G.O.A.L. Tutor, Eau Claire High School [of the Arts], Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Teaching assignments:
Concert Orchestra I-IV
Concert Orchestra Solo & Ensemble
Piano Keyboard Laboratory I-IV
Music Appreciation
Responsibilities: program building, recruiting, strategic planning, community outreach, organizing events (concerts, recitals, competitions, student-parent conferences), exam proctoring, conducting, short & long-term planning, teaching, developing syllabi, tutoring, generating teaching & assessment tools as well as course materials, teaching music technology, on-line grading; discipline, classroom, and course management; serving K 9-12 students.

2000 – 2001 Music Theory Teacher, K 5-8, Banatean College, Timisoara, Romania.
Responsibilities: classroom teaching, part of my degree practicum; serving K 5-8

1991 – 2001 Classical & Lead Guitar Teacher, private classes, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara, Romania.

Adult Education

2010 Clinician, Piano Camp, Eau Claire High School Teachers, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

2006 Clinician, Audio Editing and Mastering Workshop, Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

2004 – 2006 Teacher, after school piano classes for adults in the Eau Claire Community, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

2004 – 2006 Teacher Mentor, Eau Claire High School Teachers, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Responsibilities: training and supervising new teachers.

2004 Clinician, Classroom and Discipline Management Workshop, Foreign Academic and Cultural Exchange Services, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Composition and related domains

2010 – 2013 Composer of soundtracks, Angel Films, Toledo, Ohio, USA.

2009 – 2010 Composer of soundtracks, Bowling Green State University Theatre and Film, and Toledo Films, Bowling Green and Toledo, Ohio, USA.

2009 – 2010 Composer of soundtracks, WGTE Public Media Television, Toledo, Ohio, USA.

2007 Head Counselor for orchestra students, Eastern Music Festival, North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.

2003 – 2004 Member of the Strategic Committee for the Eau Claire High School – Columbia College Partnership, Richland County School District One, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Responsibilities: implementing the partnership, hiring personnel, cross-institutional activities, organizing joint events.

1996 – 2010 Producer, Composer, Genial Studio Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Tekenu Solutions Inc., Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

1995 – 1996 TV Studio Coordinator, 2Max Television, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

1990 – 1991 Stage Director, Gheorghe Dima Music Conservatory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

1990 – 1991 Piano Technician, Gheorghe Dima Music Conservatory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Related Qualifications

2005 Professional Teaching Certificate, State Board of Education, South Carolina, USA.
2001 Teaching Certificate, Banatean College, Timisoara, Romania.
1991 Stage Director, Gheorghe Dima Music Conservatory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
1990 Piano Technician, Gheorghe Dima Music Conservatory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
1990 Viola Instrumentalist, Ministry of National Education, Bucharest, Romania.

RESEARCH (MUSIC EDUCATION, NOTATION AND COGNITION):

Post-doctoral research (a continuation of my dissertation research)
2015 – 2016 Investigation into Tibetan Traditional Ceremonial Music Notation (Yang-Yig), Rangjung Yeshe Institute, CBS, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Doctoral research (music cognition and education)
2011 Improving Performance for Beginning Viola Student: Implementing Think-Set- Play Sequence, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.

2009 The Neurological Basis of the Modulatory Effect of Meditation on Brain Functioning, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.

2008 The Effect of Relaxation Techniques on Sight-Reading and Short-Term Learning, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA.

CURRENT AFFILIATIONS

2016 – 2017 Western University of Timisoara, Faculty of Music and Theatre, Music and Acting Department, Timisoara, Romania.
Teacher of Record: Harmony, Score Reading, and Music Analysis.

2016 – 2017 Gheorghe Dima Music Conservatory, Department of Continuous Education and Distance Learning, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
English-Romanian Translator for the International Musical and Academic Development Project („Dezvoltare Internațională în Plan Muzical și Academic).

2005 – 20xx ASCAP, American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers, USA..

PAST AFFILIATIONS

2015 – 2016 Kathmandu University, Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Center for Buddhist Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Post-Doctoral Research: Investigation into Tibetan Traditional Ceremonial Music Notation (Yang-Yig).

2006 – 2015 Bowling Green State University, OH, USA.
Graduate studies and university teaching positions.

2001 – 2006 Richland School District One, Eau Claire High School, SC, USA.
Orchestra director and piano teacher..

Currently

  • Teaching harmony, music analysis and music technology at the West University in Timisoara, Romania (2016-2017) and writing a book on the Origins of Yang, the Ancient Tibetan Musical Notation based on post-doctoral research at Rangjung Yeshe Institute CBS from Kathmandu University, Nepal.

 

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