He studied at Bates College and then at the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained his doctorate in 2005 with a dissertation entitled The rise of lyricism and the decline of biblical narration in the late liturgical passions of Georg Philipp Telemann.
He presented material from his dissertation at the 2003 meeting of the Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreises für Barockforschung at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Part or all of the dissertation was published as Passion, Affekt und Leidenschaft in der Frühen Neuzeit (Suffering, Emotion, and Passion in the Early Modern Period), Harrasowitz Verlag (Wiesbaden, 2005).
Following that, he was visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh.
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