Bachelor, Hastings College, 1970. Master of Arts, University Minnesota, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Minnesota, 1987.
Instructor Our Lady of Lake University, San Antonio, 1983-1989. Assistant professor St. Phillips College, 1987-1989. Assistant dean Conservatory Music, University of Pacific, Stockton, California, 1989-1994.
Chair department fine arts Augusta (Georgia) State University, 1994-1998, associate professor music, since 1994. Grant reviewer California Arts Council, Stockton, 1986-1988.
President San Joaquin County Arts Council, Stockton, 1992-1994. Board directors, consultant Augusta Symphony, 1995-1997. Member Society Ethnomusicology, African Studies Association.
Married Cynthia A. Kisch, June 21, 1974. Children: Andrew, Jeremy.