Tribute

Paying respects to the music world’s loss of two great musicians and conductors this week who have made an impact on my musical and personal lives. Humbled by their magnificent life’s work and for being a small participant in it to see just what is possible. Loving thoughts to their families, students, and fellow colleagues.

Maestro Chuck Penington, Conductor, Arranger, Pianist (11/21)

Maestro Harold Farberman, Conductor, Teacher, Composer (11/24)

Congratulations to Students Fall 2018!

Congratulations to the following students for their most recent accomplishments:

-Maeve McMurray (viola) joining DCYOP

-Benjamin Whiting-Eisemann (violin) joining MCYO

-Matthew Iceland (viola) Fall 2018 Levine President's List

-Joaquin Moreno (violin) Fall 2018 Levine President's List

Additionally, accolades to several other students who re-auditioned and are rejoining their youth orchestra program!

Conducting Workshop in Kiev

I have been selected as one of the conducting participants for the Conducting Workshops and Concerts 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine this August to work with Maestro Christopher Lyndon Gee, Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania, Composer, Professor, Adelphi University in New York,USA; several soloists, composers, and coaches; and with The National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. I am excited for this opportunity!

European American Musical Alliance Spring Retreat - NYC

I am very much looking forward to attending a music workshop retreat in NYC this March. The European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) retreat is a satellite event from the esteemed Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France. The retreat will be led by their institute directors, Dr. Philip Lasser and Dr. Benjamin C. S. Boyle.

https://www.europeanamericanmusicalalliance.org/institute/retreats/

Levine Summer Music Courses

I am pleased to be teaching a few summer courses again at Levine Music's Maryland Strathmore Campus this June 2018. I will be teaching for the second year of Adult Beginner Violin/Viola Class and the Boot Camp for Kids, in addition to the new Adult Beginner/Intermediate String Ensemble. Contact me if you're interested in joining any of these classes! 

Update: Registrations are now available online:

http://www.levinemusic.org/education/summer/camps-classes-and-workshops

SMICI Concert Completion

This weekend I finished conducting on a concert along with several other conductors in Waynesville, NC for the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition, with the fabulous local symphony musicians and studying under the observation of Master Teacher Dwight Oltman. Always fun to work with and learn from fantastic musicians.

Congratulations to Student Joaquin Moreno, Violin

A Congratulations is due to one of my students, Joaquin Moreno, violin, who has received Honorable Mention in the Intermediate Instrumental Division of Levine Music's 2017 Marlin-Engel Solo Competition. Proud of your hard work!

 

http://www.levinemusic.org/about/news/26-news/1401-2017-marlin-engel-competition-results

 

Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition

Exciting news! I have been accepted as a Full Participant into the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition in North Carolina later this spring, where I will be learning from master teacher Maestro Dwight Oltman and working with the SMI Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal and concert.

LA Guitar Quartet and Levine Student Guitar Orchestra

I am pleased to have been asked to conduct the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet as soloists performing along with the Levine School of Music Student Guitar Orchestra, this May 2017! They will be performing one of their commissions Shiki "Seasons of Japan" (2012), dedicated to the 2011 victims of the tsunami and earthquake. Here is a bit of information on the beautiful piece.

Update: Here is a preview video from Levine Music VIDEO

Music Adjunct Post Announcement

I begin another new post this month, as a Music Adjunct Teacher for the Strings and Orchestra Department at Northwestern High School, Jim Henson Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Hyattsville, MD, in Prince George County. I will be assisting in private lessons and rehearsals, and am happy to be a part of such a fantastic program and staff.