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