Winner, 2022 Jacobs School of Music Brass Concerto Competition
Wheaton Municipal Band, Wheaton, IL, 2016–19; Aspen Music Festival, 2023
Dale Clevenger was the most impactful teacher I have ever had the pleasure of studying with. Mr. Clevenger showed me the importance of details, musical intent, and vulnerability that is required for our career. Above all else, however, he showed such an intense passion and love for music, as well as his students, that he inspired me to invite listeners into this awesome world we create as artists.
I enjoyed playing the horn so much that I could not see myself doing any other career!
Both my middle school and high school band directors heavily influenced my decision to become a musician. My middle school director, David Allie, showed me that playing a musical
instrument could be fun and rewarding. My high school band director, Greg Bimm, took it one step further and taught me how music has the power to touch listeners and bring joy to a world that desperately needs it.
I was forwarded the program information by one of my horn teachers, Richard Seraphinoff, and I thought it would be a promising next step in my professional journey.
I would love to see orchestras continue to diversify their repertoire to include under-represented and lesser-known composers who have just as much to offer as their familiar counterparts.
My first solo performance in front of an orchestra! I had the opportunity to perform Othmar Schoeck’s Horn Concerto alongside the Jacobs School of Music Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins.
As many of my colleagues know, musicians commend each others’ playing during performances with a subtle kick to show their support. Right after my solo in the second movement of Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony, the third horn emphatically kicked their leg out, knocking over their big, metal water bottle, which rang through the silence!
Always be nice to your colleagues; you will almost always see them again in the future. And enjoy the journey!