1965 High School Diploma, Manhasset H.S., Manhasset NY, USA 1965: National Merit Scholar

1969 B.A., Major History (Minor Russian), Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA, USA

1968 Summer Studies in Russian at the Philological Faculty, Leningrad State University, Leningrad, USSR

1974 B. Mus., Composition, Manhattan School of Music, New York NY, USA (Four-year program completed 72-74) (composition studies with Rovics, Ulehla, Foss, Wuorinen)

1974 Institute des Hautes Etudes Musicales, Montreux, Switzerland (Conducting studies with Rudolf Kempe, Daniel Lewis)

1974 – 1975 Hochschule fuer Musik, Munich Conductors’ Course Prof. Jan Koetsier (3. Year) (Interrupted due to engagement in Trier – 1975 - see below) (Composition with Harald Genzmer)

1980 Berkshire Music Centre, Tanglewood – Conducting Fellow Master Classes with Bernstein, Ozawa, Davis, Tennstedt, Previn, Schuller, summer festival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra