about me

Greetings! I am a composer/producer, keyboardist, and period-instrument performer. After growing up near Seattle, I currently reside in Durham, North Carolina (USA). I also make electronic music, using the stage name "Beagle Music Labs" for some of my work outside the classical tradition!

Simon at the Asheville Pinball Museum

My musical background includes six years of study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where I graduated in 2008 with Master of Music degrees in Harpsichord, Composition, and Musicology. My mentors there included Webb Wiggins and Adam Pearl for harpsichord, Chris Theofanidis for composition, and Susan Weiss for musicology. Piano was my first instrument, but I also play other keyboard instruments including organ, harpsichord, and synthesizers, and have performed with Renaissance and Baroque ensembles on recorders, crumhorn, baroque viola, and viola da gamba. I am a founding member of Carolina Contemporary Composers (c3), a local composers' forum based in the Triangle area, and a member of Pixel Mixers, a community of video game music (VGM) cover artists, and a treble viol player with the UNC Consort of Viols. I have served as music director of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Durham since 2008 and have taught at the Village Music School in Cary since 2010. Other memberships include the Viola da Gamba Society of America, the American Recorder Society, and the Game Audio Network Guild.

My compositions draw upon a wide and expanding variety of musical experiences and interests. These include early music, synthwave, Celtic music, folk hymns, rock, soundtrack music, ambient music, nature sounds, and more. My musical style tends to be rather "cinematic," and I love writing music that expresses a sense of wonder, adventure, and/or exploration. I also have maintained an old interest in writing for rare but colorful instruments of the orchestra, such as the bass oboe, contrabass clarinet, viola d'amore, and others. More recently, I have really fallen in love with the sound of analog synthesizers! I create music (and sound effects) in Reaper using my collection of VST instruments and effects, hardware synths, and acoustic instruments, and primarily use Overture for music notation, though I have produced scores in Finale and Sibelius as well.

I am actively seeking further opportunities in the video game industry as a composer/music producer, or as a music assistant, music editor, or sound designer. My classical background has provided me with a knowledge of compositional technique and orchestration, and I have been fascinated by technology since I was a kid. In particular, I enjoy the amalgamation of story, art, and music that comprises an effective game or film, and find it most inspiring to be part of a creative team. I am also interested in early music gigs: currently I can offer treble and bass viola da gamba, n/S/A/T/B recorders at A=440, treble recorder at A=415, keyboards (if provided on-site), and possibly baroque viola. Remote recording is also possible.

Simon aboard ship at Wilmington