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  • Degree in Music Performance and Education from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts


  •  Associate Program Director, Community Music Center, San Francisco CA, 2016 – present


Violinist, as soloist and member of small ensembles and large orchestras; daily, individual, public and private events; co-founder, conductor or leader of innovative organizations; appearances in all broadcast and recording media; orchestrator, arranger, composer, contractor, recording session leader, board member, appraiser and consultant, guest lecturer for seminars and colloquia; instructor in individual, group, full-time in public schools, and extra-curricular college programs.

  • Founder, Director, violinist, The American Ragtime Ensemble, San Francisco CA, 1973 – present
  • Lead violinist, contractor, The Peter Mintun Orchestra, San Francisco CA, 1986 – 2015
  • Lead violinist, The New England Ragtime Ensemble, National tours, 1993 – 1997
  • Co-Founder, Director, The All-Star Orchestra, Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia MO, 1988 – 1997
  • Founder, Director, violinist, The St Francis Strings, Westin St Francis Hotel, San Francisco CA, 1983 – 1993
  • Co-Founder, Concertmaster, Associate Conductor, San Francisco Chamber Players (renamed Artea), San Francisco CA, 1979 – 1990
  • Violinist, The Lamplighters Orchestra, San Francisco CA, 1980 – 1988
  • Co-Founder, Leader, first violinist, The Twin Pines Ensemble, San Mateo County CA, 1979 – 1987
  • Concertmaster, San Francisco Community Orchestra, San Francisco CA, 1978 – 1979
  • Assistant Concertmaster, Pacific Philharmonic, San Mateo County CA, 1978 – 1979
  • Co-founder, featured violinist, Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia MO, 1974 – present
  • Violinist, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Director, DSSO Ragtime Ensemble, Duluth MN, 1973 – 1975
  • Concertmaster, violinist of orchestras for choral and theater organizations, San Francisco Bay area CA 1978 – present
  • Solo, ensemble, orchestra, radio, television and film performances, 1961 – present


Full-time and part-time public school orchestra director and music theory teacher, private violin teacher; demonstration programs, for individual, school, college and adult programs, seminar and colloquia speaker and director; conference organizer, consultant.

  • Violin teacher, Sunset Academy of Music, San Francisco CA, 2014 – present
  • Consulting music director, Free Range Opera Company, Mountain View CA, 2012
  • Guest speaker, New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco CA, March 2003
  • Instructor, History of Ragtime, City College of San Francisco, Extension Division, San Francisco CA, spring 1999San Francisco Conservatory Extension Division, San Francisco CA, fall 1998
  • Guest speaker, Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville KY, June 1997, 1998Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival Sedalia, MO, June 1991 – present; West Coast Ragtime Festival, other festivals and events
  • Guest artist, public schools, community centers, private institutions,San Mateo County CA, December 1979 – June 1987
  • Instructor in violin, theory, jazz improvisation, ragtime ensemble, University of Vermont Music Camp, Burlington VT, July – August 1978
  • Orchestra Director, public schools, grades 1-12, Virginia MN, August 1973 – July 1975; grades 6-8, Baytown TX, August 1975 – July 1978
  • Private instructor of violin, chamber music coach, Minnesota, Texas, 1973-1978


Full-time musical contractor for corporate, government and private clients, daily and on-call; scheduling, subcontracting, maintaining library, designing logistics, administering payroll, 1969 – present, including:

  • The American Ragtime Ensemble
  • The Peter Mintun Orchestra
  • The St. Francis Strings
  • San Francisco Chamber Players/Artea
  • The Twin Pines Ensemble


Numerous copyrights held on original compositions and arrangements, for performance and recording, featuring groups of various sizes. Thousands of orchestration projects, including authentic recreations, reconstructions, and transcriptions made directly from recordings and live performances. For example:

  • Reflective Rag, Lazy Beguine (Judith Lang Zaimont), orchestrations for performance and recording, released on MSR Classics, and published by Jeanné (2007)


Producer, engineer, advisor for numerous recordings, including award-winning discs and live concerts; soloist, ensemble leader, conductor, and contractor.

  •  Essays in Ragtime: The Music of Brun Campbell (CD, Rivermont BSW-2236, 2015), The American Ragtime Ensemble
  • Prestidigitations (CD, MSR MS 1238, 2007), The American Ragtime Ensemble
  • Ragtime Chamber Music (CD, Crazy Otto CO 109, 2003; cassette, 1994), The American Ragtime Ensemble
  •  Guest “fiddler” with Doc Severinsen and concert band, live concert recordings
  • Le Sacre du Printemps (LP, Golden Crest NEC 108)
  • NEC Tribute to Chester Williams (LP, Golden Crest NEC 106)
  • Ein Heldenleben (LP, Golden Crest NEC 105)
  • Silent Night, Holy Night, Hallejulah Chorus (7″, NEC 11171)
  •  Violinist, New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Schuller, Conductor, 1969 – 1973
  •  Look Outside My Window (45, Hitbound HB 4502; c1968)

Numerous recording engagements as side musician, various studios, 1969 – present


Producer and host of weekly radio programs on classical and contemporary music, and an internationally celebrated series on ragtime music; noted interview series on astrophysics and particle physics; radio interviewer, board engineer, projects coordinator, librarian, training director, archivist, and facilities manager; guest appearances on domestic and foreign radio, television and film.

  • Producer and host, music programs, KUSF-FM, University of San Francisco:
  • The Ragtime Machine (1981 – 2011), The Classical Salon (1982 – 2011)
  • Producer and host, physics program, KUSF:
  • Static Limit (interviews with internationally renowned researchers and authors in cosmology, astrophysics, particle physics, quantum mechanics) (2003 – 2011)
  • Producer, music program, KUSF:
  • Classical Innovations (October 1994 – September 2000)
  • Co-host, music program, KUSF:
  • The Miscellaneous Music Show, (August, 1982 – 1994)
  • Projects Coordinator, record archivist, facilities manager, KUSF (October 1994 – 2011)
  • Violinist and interview guest for radio and television stations (1973 – present)


Producer, engineer, advisor for numerous recordings, including award-winning discs and live concerts; equipment maintenance and repair, studio planning and procurement, staff training and supervision; independent and assistant recording engineer on projects for National Public Radio, ABC Satellite broadcasts, Public Broadcasting System, Public Radio International, Radio Taiwan, British Broadcasting Corporation, individual stations.

  • Recording Engineer, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA:

Responsible for recording concerts, recitals, demos, albums, studio and location; mixing, editing, post-production, packaging; sound reinforcement, electronic instrument setup audio repair; training and supervision of student employees; music consultant; helped plan, design, and construct complete recording control room, audio listening facility, vault and library (The Idabelle Firestone Library), Boston MA, September 1969 – June 1973

Assistant engineer and/or editor:

  • The Red Back Book (Angel S-36060; 1973), New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble; Gunther Schuller, Conductor – Grammy: “Best chamber music recording,” 1974, Record Industry Association of America
  • The Rite of Spring (GCR NEC 108)
  • NEC Tribute to Chester Williams (GCR NEC 106)
  • Ein Heldenleben (GCR NEC 105)
  • NEC Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Schuller, Conductor
  • Veronica Von Jochum, Piano (GCR NEC 107)
  • Music of the Barnum and Bailey Circus (GCR NEC 501 [five-record set]), New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Merle Evans, Conductor
  • Hundreds of student and faculty recitals, concerts and special events


Author, columnist, contributing editor, acknowledged for contributions to international journals, books, reference works, articles, recording liner notes, summaries, calendars, and directories; contributor, advisor, copyeditor, proofreader.

  • Music and editorial consultant, Brun Campbell: The Original Ragtime Kid (Larry Karp, McFarland, 2016)
  • Author, liner notes, “Essays in Ragtime: The Music of Brun Campbell” (Rivermont BSW-2236; 2015)
  • Author, liner notes, “Virtual Harmonics,” compositions by Jerry Gerber (Ottava 15-013; 2015)
  • Technical Writer, SLAC/Stanford University, 2012 – 2013
  • Contributing Editor, Reviewer, Correspondent, The Mississippi Rag,
  • Minneapolis, MN, 1973 – 2009; Winner, 1999 Readers’ Poll, “Best Journalist in Ragtime”
  • Contributor, The Rag Times, Loves Park IL, 1974 – 2003
  • Author, “History of Ragtime,” 13-part series, KUSF-FM Program Guide
  • January 1991 – March 1994
  • Author, “Foreword,” Cakewalks, Rags and Novelties (comp. Allan Sutton, Mainspring Press, 2003); awarded “Excellence in recorded historical sound research,” Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 2004.
  • Author, liner notes, “Arden and Ohman” Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era (Pearl CD GEMM 9203, 1996)

Acknowledged for contributions in:

  •  The RagTime Traveler (Larry Karp, Casey Karp, McFarland, 2016)
  •  Brun Campbell: The Original Ragtime Kid (Larry Karp, McFarland, 2016)
  •  King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era (Ed Berlin, Oxford, 2016
  •   “Regina and Ragtime” (Larry Karp, Mechanical Music, March-April 2003)
  •  This Is Ragtime (Terry Waldo, Jazz at Lincoln Center Library; 2010)
  •  Story of Boogie-Woogie (Peter Silvester, Music Library Association; 2010)
  •  Music Festivals in America (Carol Rabin, Berkshire Traveller; 1983)
  •  Ragtime: Its History, Composers and Music (ed. John Hasse, Schirmer; 1985)
  •  Cinema Sheet Music (Donald Stubblebine, McFarland; 1991)
  •  Between Rock and Hard Places (Tom Constanten, Hulogosi; 1992)
  •  The Journeyman Piano Player (Bob Milne, Woodland; 1992)
  •  King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era (Ed Berlin, Oxford; 1994)
  •  Broadway Sheet Music (Donald Stubblebine, McFarland; 1996)
  •  Scott Joplin: A Guide to Research (Nancy Ping-Robbins, Garland; 1998)
  •  That American Rag (David Jasen and Gene Jones, Schirmer; 2000)
  •  Black Bottom Stomp (David Jasen and Gene Jones, Routledge; 2002)
  •  The Ragtime Ephemeralist (ed. and pub. Chris Ware, 2002)
  •  Ragtime Calendar [Birthdates] (Crazy Otto Music, 2004-2006)
  •  Ragging It (H .Loring White, iUniverse, 2005)
  •  Hello, Frisco (Elsa Chang, The California Report, KQED-FM, 2007)
  •  Ragtime: An Encyclopedia (David Jasen; Routledge, 2007)
  •  1915 World’s Fair (June Mesina Oullette, KQED-TV, 2008)
  •   Contributor of, copy editor and proofreader for, numerous articles, reviews, summaries.


  • Curator of exhibitions for civic organizations; archivist of historic music collections, recordings, documents and artifacts.
  • Curator, San Francisco Opera exhibitions, San Francisco CA, 2005 – 2009
  • Curator, “Davies at 25: An Exhibition,” a 200+ item installation in the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco CA, Fall 2005
  • Archivist and Curator of the recording libraries and equipment archive of KUSF-FM, San Francisco CA, 1994 – 2011
  • Archivist and Curator of the orchestration collection of The American Ragtime Ensemble, 1973 – present


  • Music Educators National Conference, National String Teachers Association, 1973 – 1978
  • Texas Education Association, Texas String Teachers Association, 1975 – 1978
  • Minnesota Education Association, Minnesota String Teachers Association, 1973 – 1975


  • FCC Lifetime Permit
  • Nationally recognized public schools teacher certification


  • Oral history, Scott Joplin Historic Site, St. Louis MO, 2008
  • Regards to Broadway, KPCT, Pacifica CA, 2008
  • Strings Magazine, issue number 93, April 2001
  • The Missourian, KZMO, California MO, 1992
  • Interview by Ian Whitcomb, KPCC, Pasadena CA, 1991
  • Listings in Who’s Who in Broadcasting, 1988 – 1989
  • Pleasant Moments, September, 1987
  • Interviews With Class, Gill Cable TV, San Jose CA, 1986
  • Binding the Red Back Book, KBOO-FM, Portland OR, 1979
  • Interview, KLEF-FM, Houston TX, 1975, 1976
  • Listings in Who’s Who in Music (various years)
  • Various specialty newsletters, journals, and magazines, 1973 – present


Winner of national and international awards; recognized for achievements in research, performance and advancement of music; profiled in professional trade journals, and popular print, radio and television.

  • Legend of Ragtime, Sedalia (MO) Historical Society, 2016
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Certificate of Honor, 2011
  • Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation Award, 2006
  • “All Songs Considered” featured disc, NPR, 2004
  • Lime Radio, highest rated program, March 2000
  • Winner, “Best Journalist in Ragtime,” The Mississippi Rag readers’ poll, 1999
  • Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, 1971
  • Joseph Spaziano Award, 1969
  • Chopin Young Musicians Club, 1965-1966


  • Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival (Co-Director/Advisor), Sedalia MO, 1988 – 1997
  • San Francisco Chamber Players (renamed Artea), San Francisco CA, 1981 – 1990
  • President, Board of Directors, East Range Choral Society, Virginia MN, 1974 – 1975



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