I am thrilled to be welcomed as the new Music Director at Grace United Methodist Church in Ravena, NY. With a wonderful group of people, I will be leading the Adult Choir, the Children's Choir, and the Handbell Choir in addition to regular weekly services, instrumental ensembles, and special events.
I am thrilled to be asked to return to Southeastern Wisconsin in March for a fourth annual clinic with the Grace Notes Orchestra and with Mukwonago String Academy, both in Mukwonago, WI. These organizations are filled with people who love music and love togetherness, and it's always a treat to work with them.
CAPITAL REGION, New York!! The Northeast String Orchestra's FREE youth orchestra winter concert will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at the Schenectady Community College School of Music. All three ensembles (Prelude Strings, Northeast String Orchestra, NSO Advanced Ensemble) will perform under their conductors, myself included. Please join us!
We are always looking for more supporters of and audience members for the NSO. If you would like to contribute in some way through donation or volunteerism, please see options how, here:http://www.nsorch.com/support-nso--inc..html Our annual appeal letter can also be found under Forms & Resources. Thank you for supporting young musicians in their pursuit of musical excellence!
I am now accepting a limited number of students in my home studio in Clifton Park, NY, and via Skype for any long-distance learners. Please contact me for more information.
Announcement: I've been asked to conduct at the Monroe County All-County Junior High Symphony Orchestra concert in March in Rochester, NY! Can't wait!
I have some really great news, both of which came yesterday. First, my article "The Dilemma of (and Solutions for) Trying to Be Creative," first published in the Stringing Along Newsletter of the Nebraska Chapter of American String Teachers Association in Spring 2015, was selected and reprinted for publication in the main American String Teacher Journal in August 2015! I received an extra copy in the mail! What an honor to be included in this publication alongside so many other wonderful resources and experienced teachers and pedagogues.
The other great news is that I will be a Viola/Violin String Teaching Artist in the Kids 4 Harmony El Sistema Program in Pittsfield, MA starting this fall. I can't wait to work with my new colleagues and all the great student musicians in the Berkshire and Western Massachusetts area! They are doing some amazing things--check out their Facebook page and the information about them on the website here: http://berkshirechildren.org/about-kids-4-harmony/ To find out more about El Sistema in the USA, go here: https://www.elsistemausa.org/
Colleagues and students of the Capital Region in NY! There is still time to audition for one of our 3 string youth orchestras!
Check out the Northeast String Orchestra at: http://www.nsorch.com/
Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 13th from 1-7pm at St. Edwards Church in Clifton Park, NY. Rehearsals are early Sunday evenings. First one starts on September 20th.
Just spent an afternoon listening to NSO auditions in NY and seeing some of the new young musicians we will be working with this fall!
Received news that one of my recent articles published in the Nebraska American String Teacher Journal "Stringing Along" in Spring 2015 was selected to be reprinted in the main ASTA Journal as a Studio Teaching Tip in August 2015.
I just had a fantastic experience working with Thomas Wilkins, Ernest Richardson, and the Omaha Symphony musicians in their wonderful workshop for conductors/music educators, alongside some other music teaching colleagues. Omaha is full of wonderful people and it was a blast to work with them all for a couple of days.
I am excited to share much news here:
1) Another article of mine was printed in the Nebraska ASTA Stringing Along Journal in Spring 2015. "The Dilemma (and Solution) of Trying to Be Creative," an article on guiding students in how to be creative in coming up with practice ideas.
2) I am thrilled to be participating in the Omaha Symphony Educator as Maestro program in June, with an opportunity to learn conducting and other leadership and rehearsal ideas from the Music Director Thomas Wilkins and Resident Director Ernest Richardson, along with my colleagues for the past 4 years in the orchestra.
3) In the biggest news yet, I will be moving east this June with my fiancé (another conductor and educator, see here!) and will be the new Conductor for the Northeast String Orchestra in Clifton Park, NY! While I am sad to part from my good colleagues, friends, students, and community here in Omaha, I am so excited for the opportunities and musical experiences that await us, and am looking forward to meeting and working with all the new colleagues, friends, students, and communities!
Onward to summer!
Here is the event page for the lecture and masterclass event day at Mukwonago String Academy:https://www.facebook.com/events/451530505012982/ If you are interested in checking out so many things like watching and learning from the students in their master class with me; learning a unique way how to practice and tackle a problem well; learning about the importance of folk music--and if you are interested in "something to think about" as it relates to school curriculum/government, society values, or family bonding, you should come! Also you should come support a great local business in Mukwonago, WI.
I am thrilled that my latest article has been published in the Journal of Women in Higher Education by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.! Though it is not fully publicly available free of charge (there is a preview!), you can rent to read, save, or print it--or if you are a member of an institution or society that has a membership with Wiley Online, you can access it in that way. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to reach a wider audience!
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 6–7, February 2015
Just returned from another great time in Chicago for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. I love that city and that conference, so full of fabulous information; updates; research; books, music and scores; colleagues and friends; and LIVE MUSIC! Always looking forward to the next time I can go back to it.
In Omaha: Tuesday, December 9th, 7pm and a daytime performance for the students: Looking forward to conducting some Nutcracker selections with the Millard West High School Full Orchestra at their winter orchestra concert! What a great sounding group of kids--Keep up the great work, teachers and parents!
I had the pleasure of briefly attending the American Musicological Society Conference in Milwaukee to check it out and it was eye-opening. I have much respect for those in the field discovering, researching, and providing information for our knowledge as performing artists and educators. This is just a shout-out thank you to those hard-workers in the field! Happy to find your work available to us online, in libraries, through journals, etc...
I am thrilled to announce the reading sessions taking place over the summer of 2014 in Omaha during the months of June and July. Omaha Premier Lab Orchestra was created especially for busy music faculty and professionals to get a chance to rehearse quality literature together without the pressures of performances--something not usually able to happen during the busy academic year and performing seasons. This ensemble will bridge the gap between community players and professional caliber ensembles, since these players are capable of playing good music well, but are not always able to commit fully to professional area organizations throughout the year.
If you are interested in joining, please contact me through the Contact Page and specify your interest, instrument, and your general playing abilities.
Excited to announce I will be attending the League of American Orchestras in Seattle in the first week of June! Looking forward to meeting new faces, spending time with familiar ones, exploring coffee options, spectacular views, and listening to fantastic symphonic music!
This past week was quite a busy, but exciting week for me. On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of working with the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (my alma mater) in Milwaukee, WI for their All-City Orchestra Festival, where I had the opportunity to conduct the elementary, intermediate, and high school level ensembles in rehearsal and for the concert. I ran into some old friends and former teachers on this very special occasion.
On Thursday, I returned to the Mukwonago String Academy (in WI) and gave a master class for some young, upper string players and performed a few short works myself. That evening I worked again with a wonderful group in the same town, the Grace Notes Orchestra, on some of their spring concert repertoire. What a fantastic opportunity. I look forward to the next time! I returned to Omaha to coach chamber music this weekend at a special event involving Project Trio and OAYO, held at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Time to rest and focus on the next upcoming events!
I forgot to make a post about the All City Orchestra Festival in Council Bluffs, IA on March 11th! The concert went very well and I am so lucky to have been able to work with dedicated high school full orchestra students all day and for the concert. Thanks for a great time!