He was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for four years joining at age 20, 3 rd stand outside, under Music Director, William Steinberg. (See newspaper reviews of his audition). Also was a member of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, 2 nd stand outside, for 3 seasons under Music Director Irwin Hoffmann.
He won auditions for positions in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Music Director, Jean Martinon, in 1965 and 1966. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, he was offered positions with the National Metropolitan Opera Touring Orchestra, under Music Director Robert La Machicina, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under Music Director, Eleanzar de Carvalho.
Next, he joined the critically acclaimed Renoir Piano Trio based in Chicago, (see newspaper review). He also played principal cello for visiting ballet companies, such as The American Ballet, Dutch Ballet and the Joeffry Ballet.
He was one of the principal cellos at Chess and Universal Recording Studios in Chicago where he worked on over 1,000 records and commercial scores. You can hear his cello playing featured on Terry Callier’s reissued recording “Occasional Rain”, originally recorded in 1971.
In 1971, he had the opportunity to perform solo recitals throughout Europe and was praised by critics for his “superb discipline…, beautiful tone, and deep musicality”. He also won a position with the Belgium Philharmonic in Antwerpen; this audition took place in front of the entire orchestra.
Upon returning to the United States, he joined the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music; was a conductor of the Wisconsin Youth Orchestra in Madison, and a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Music Director, Kenneth Schermerhorn.
He moved to Los Angeles where he is presently the cellist in the newly formed Renoir Piano Trio and is active in the motion picture and television industry that includes work on soundtracks for over 580 motion pictures, and over 960 television films working with composers such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Berstein, Artie Kane, Hans Zimmer, John Parker, Quincy Jones, Lalo Shrifin, Randy and Thomas Neuman, just to name a few. Example Google Earl Madison “King of the Hill T.V. film cello section.
He has been a member of the Academy Awards Orchestra 23 times and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of guest conductors Simon Rattle and Henry Lewis.
His solo experience includes appearing with the NBC Orchestra on the television program “Artist Showcase” on seven occasions, starting at age 16, with Joseph Gallicchio, Conductor, and Louis Sudler Host, performing concertos of Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Haydn D Major, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, twice. He was the first African American instrumentalist to appear as a soloist on these broadcasts.
He was also a soloist on NBC’s Anniversary concert at Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Rockford Symphony, River Forest Symphony, Oak Park Symphony DePaul University Orchestra, Chicago Musical College Orchestra, Chicago Youth Orchestra as well as various community orchestras in the United States. He has performed solo recitals throughout the United States and Europe. (See reviews)