CJ earned his MM in Music Scoring for Visual Media at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, studying primarily with Larry Groupé and Steven Wayne Thomas and Norbert Herber. Prior to this, he earned his BM in Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, graduating summa cum laude after studying with Dr. Julie Hill, Dr. John Oelrich, Dr. Johnathan Vest, among many other esteemed faculty.
From 2017 to 2020, he served as the director of bands at East Robertson Middle/High School in Cross Plains, TN. In his time at East Robertson, the high school concert band earned numerous superior ratings, and was invited to Tennessee State Concert Festival in 2020 for the first time in the program's history.
From a young age, CJ was always inspired by music, taking lessons as early as age six in violin and later piano. At age twelve, he began his journey as a drummer and percussionist. While in high school, he performed in a number of honor ensembles as a percussionist in middle Tennessee including the Curb Youth Symphony in Nashville, TN.
Since 2009, CJ has been composing and arranging music and sound design for various ensembles, including over 50 different high school groups, various university ensembles, honor bands, drum corps, and 8-time WGI world-champion, Music City Mystique. His client reach extends internationally.
In Summer 2014, CJ began his film and video game scoring career with the team from Toontown Infinite, a fan-made recreation of Toontown Online by Disney Interactive, as well as another fan-revamp of the MMORPG Free Realms Sunrise. He has also composed music for Flyover Zone with their virtual-reality Roman Chariot Racing game.
In addition to musical interests, he has been honing in his video editing skills starting in 2013, working for various organizations as a video production specialist, including The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music, The Percussive Arts Society, and other independent groups.