"You must be classically trained", though he was indeed.
During the first 10 years of playing the cello he was a
member of The Esade String Quartet, recieving chamber music instruction,and
private lessons from numerous musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Among his instructors were cellists William Stokking, Philadelphia Orchestra Principle
and Lorne Munro, Principle, New York Philharmonic.
As a member of The Philadelphia
Youth Orchestra he traveled to and performed in Great Britain, China, and numerous South American Countries
He, and the Esade String Quartet
were accepted to the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia in 1983, and Skip was awarded
a full scholarship.During three years there, he performed as a member of The University of the Arts
Symphony and Opera Orchestra.He was then offered significant scholarships to
Southern Methodist University and Michigan State University opting for MSU over SMU.
While at Michigan State,Skip performed with numerous regional orchestras including
The Lansing, Midland, Jackson, and Battle Creek Symphonies. In addition, he played bass and guitar
as well as cello in several original music projects.Skip's club work led to an invitation to move
to Los Angeles and tour the country as bass player and cellist in a progressive folk rock band
and from 1990 to 1993 he performed music in 24 states.
Since moving to Oregon in 1994, Skip has gone from being the "new guy" to being perhaps,
the most sought after cellist in Portland. He has worked with The Portland Opera and the Oregon
Symphony, recorded with Pink Martini, performed with Smokey Robinson, The Trans Siberian Orchestra,
and a virtual whose who of Pacific Northwest Treasures.
In 2005, Skip released his first solo album,"Intuit" to critical acclaim, and has been busy ever since.
In addition to Vagabond Opera, Skip has a weekly residence at The Edgefield Winery which plays host to
his Monday night "Diva Series".Each week he pairs up with regional female singer/songwriter/band leaders
to present their music in a "chamber pop" format.
Check out the artist's website:
2. Deep Earth
3. Night Air
8. Bach G Major Suite- Prelude
12. Menuette 1
13. Menuette 2