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Awards and Grants

2022  Original Film Score for "The Joes"-Best Noir Short, Indie Short Fest; Silver Award Best Film Noir Short, Independent                  Shorts Awards; Award of Merit, The IndieFEST Film Awards

2019, 2017  Finalist, Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant

2018  Dean's Creative Endeavor Award, Ball State University College of Fine Arts, School of Music

2017  SONIC Award for Best Arrangement

          International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers 2017 Symposium, Tampa, Florida, for "Little Rootie Tootie"


2016  The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra 2nd Annual Commissioning Prize

          $10,000 prize to compose a new work for the Los Angeles-based Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. 
          Made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund

2005-2017  ASCAP Plus Award


2008  New York Youth Symphony First Music 24 Jazz Band Classic Commission
           "New York Night" Premiered at Lincoln Center, New York City


2008, 2005, 2003. Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami


2007  The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Award

           (Awarded at the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles)


2007  University of Miami Frost School of Music Concerto Competition

           Composition Winner, "Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra"


2006  Downbeat Student Music Awards, College Original Extended Composition


2006  ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award


2006  Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Top 18 Pianists, Top 10 Composers


2005  USA Songwriting Competition, Finalist, Jazz & Dance/Electronica Categories


2004  John Lennon Songwriting Contest Maxell Song of the Year

           $20,000 prize and EMI Records contract for single "Bandwidth"

2004  John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Grand Prize, Jazz Category


2004  Heineken Music Initiative/ASCAP Foundation R&B Grant Program (Miami winner)


2004  Henry Mancini Institute Composer Scholar, Los Angeles 


2003  ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award


2003  Hilton Head Jazz Society Scholarship First Place Winner


2002  ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award


2001-2008  Tuition Waiver and Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Miami Frost School of Music


2000  Undergraduate Research Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Shapeshifter CD Project"


1997-2001  Sydney M. Dowd Music Scholarship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


1997  Fred and Gail Fearing Jazz Excellence Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


1997  Louis Armstrong Award, Chattahoochee High School


1996  Georgia Governor's Honors Program, Valdosta State University

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