A favorite verse is “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (Psalm 145:8) I have a very international background, having grown up as the son of medical missionaries in the eastern jungle of Peru. At Wheaton College I majored in violin performance. After a period working for the U.S. government in D.C. and the United Nations in Austria, I earned my doctorate in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. I also serve full time as a music history professor at the UNC School of the Arts. As a musician, I love conducting, composing, and playing the violin in everything from Bach to bluegrass. I also love art, history, theology, languages, gardening, travel, staying fit, and spending time with my wife Jane (an artist and writer) and our five children. Favorite places: on the podium leading musicians and congregation in worship; in my garden; and at the beach in Wilmington!