Trained focused leader: and a lifelong entrepreneur in the Arts. Colin's education includes scholarships for all universities where he earned a Master's of Arts Admin from Carnegie Mellon, and Jazz Performance from Arizona State University.
Since 2017 Colin has split his time between working in Turkey and the United states. He has earned the attention and support of business leaders, political leaders, and fellow musicians.
In 2004 Colin lost his central vision causing him to be deemed "Legally Blind". He was told he'd never conduct, never finish grad school, and certainly never compose anything of note. With "quit" never allowed into his vernacular Colin pressed forward. He founded a non-profit while earning his graduate degree and this organization earned him a Volunteer in the Arts Award. He went on to earn a full time job writing music for TV and film. He also founded a Pangean Orchestra which was the focus of a short indie documentary in 2010.
His incredible leadership and conflict resolution is so well known that he was recruited to direct the partnerships for Grapeseed Media who is a Programmatic Media corporation on Madison Ave.
He's toured the world and is now excited to be a speaker at your event discussing issues ranging from overcoming adversity to navigating multicultural workplaces, and setting and acheving goals.
- 20018. Mayor of Kusadasi Turkey commissioned Colin to compose an orchestral suite which was premiered in Kusadasi on November 4 2018.
- 2006 - Recognized by Ed Rendell for his work to promote awareness of Asian-American culture in Pittsburgh.
- 2005-06 V.I.T.A. award winner. Pittsburgh Pa. Presented by WQED and the Dominion Foundation, Colin was awarded this for his work with the American-Chinese Orchestra that he founded called "New Moon Orchestra".