Winner, 2019 and 2018 American Trombone Workshop Quartet Competition; Finalist, 2017 International Trombone Association Lewis van Haney Orchestral Excerpt Competition; 2nd Place, 2016 Texas State Trombone Symposium, Conn/Selmer Tenor Trombone Solo Competition; Division II Finalist, 2016 American Trombone Workshop
Tanglewood Music Center, 2019
I listened to “Ride of the Valkyries” with my dad when I was young. I had started playing trombone in middle school earlier that year, and he played a recording he had of “Ride of the Valkyries” because he knew it contains an important trombone melody.
I realized after a performance of “O magnum mysterium” in high school that was arranged for wind ensemble. The arrangement was written with many added exposed trombone parts, and I really enjoyed playing such a beautiful piece of music.
I heard about it from my teacher in my master’s degree at New England Conservatory. I was inspired to apply because it seemed like a great program for post-graduate music students looking for experience.
I think that they should consist of some traditional style concerts, but also be searching to make music in new ways that attract many different audiences.
My biggest inspiration was my middle school band director, Johnny Nash. He always encouraged us to play from the heart, and to have integrity and excellence both as a musician and a person.
I feel like I connect most with music by Gustav Mahler.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 is what I consider my favorite piece, but this is a hard answer because there are so many good pieces.
My favorite experience as a musician was performing Star Wars Episode IV with the Boston Pops.
A few times I have miscounted and played alone loudly in the wrong spot.
I would have told myself to think more about the long game of becoming a musician and practice with more long-term goals.
I like Zac Brown Band and The Eagles.
I would like to be able to play guitar and sing well at the same time.
I would probably be an electrical engineer like my dad.
I enjoyed traveling to Nashville several times because I really like the vibe of that city.
I would like to have Mozart, Bach, and Mahler over for dinner because I would like to see how they thought about composition.
I used to play ice hockey when I was growing up. I played for about ten years before music started to take over.
Work Hard, be inspired, and don’t give up.