Justin, originally from Bartlett, Illinois, is a senior double major at Austin Peay State University with concentrations in piano and voice. He showed interest in music at an early age, but did not start taking formal lessons until the age of 11. Justin is currently studying piano under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia Halbeck. Although Justin greatly enjoys solo performances in piano and voice, his pleasure for ensemble music has made his main focus to be collaborative piano. He has studied collaborative piano under Dr. Mary Alice Domenica and is currently being taught by Professor Anne Marie Padelford. Justin’s formal vocal training did not start until he began attending college; however he was selected as the lead male roles of Bartley in Riders to the Sea and Peter (the father) in Hansel and Gretel in APSU Opera.
Justin was awarded the Monday Evening Music Club Scholarship two years in a row, which is awarded to the undergraduate pianist who shows the greatest amount of improvement in skill and who most greatly contributed to the Music Department. He is the 2014 Presser Scholar, deemed as the rising senior music major. Justin is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the academic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Music is not a hobby to Justin, nor is it a job – music is his passion. He would never push anyone to study music; however, it is his desire to aid in the work of enabling others to make, enjoy, and understand music. Of course, improvement in the student’s playing is always desired, but the enjoyment of making music is equally desired. He knows that although music often requires much effort, time, and self-discipline, it regularly gives back more than one could ask.