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DMA, Peabody Institute, Trumpet Performance (expected, 2020) MM, Central Michigan University, Orchestral Conducting MM, Central Michigan University, Trumpet Performance BM, Concordia College, Trumpet Performance
2017- Conducted orchestra at National Flute Association 2017 - Round Top Festival Orchestra - Fellow 2016 - Winner, CMU Orchestral Composition Competition 2017- Winner, CMU Choral Composition Competition 2015-2016 - Pierre Montuex Festival Orchestra 2016- Third Place Winner, Large Ensemble, National Trumpet Competition (Central Michigan University)
I'm a diverse and enthusiastic musician, dedicated to teaching, and convinced by the power of music to enrich peoples lives in every way. I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, and obtained Masters of Music degrees in both Trumpet Performance and Orchestral Conducting from Central Michigan University. I have performed with the Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra. As a conductor, i have conducted the Twin Cities Orchestra at the 2017 Gala Concert of the National Flute Association Convention, and was Founder and Conductor of the Chippewa River Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, I've served as Conductor and Artistic Director of Vintage Strings in Alma, Michigan, as well as Music Director of Knollbrook Covenant Church in Fargo, ND.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, having taught private trumpet, guitar, and bass guitar students in Fargo, North Dakota, and continuing to do so in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where I taught guitar, trumpet, and trombone at B's Music Shop. My collegiate teaching experience began at Concordia College, being a Teaching Assistant for a Brass Methods class, and fulfilling a similar teaching the same course at Central Michigan University. I also taught private lessons in Trumpet, Euphonium, and Conducting. I believe that music should be a satisfying endeavor, and that hard work is better than instant gratification. Learning music should be a great balance of having fun in the moment, and the joy of seeing oneself grow and progress over time.
While I am a classically trained musician, I believe that a student will best learn when presented with material that they are passionate about. A student's curiosity will drive learning far more than any other source, so any directions I can help foster in a student, I will take that opportunity. If students are struggling, I have a wealth of resources and materials of my own which I can offer for new routes of study, or lesson plans to stimulate learning. I understand that not all instruments need to read and understand music like others, and not everyone is looking to be a professional, and that's okay! Music, at any level, is enriching to the lives of the people involved in it, and is a fantastic social lifelong activity.
I believe in being being honest and encouraging, allowing students the chance to struggle and fail in a safe environment, while stressing and correcting proper techniques. I encourage practicing a little almost every day of the week, and finding what fires you up about the instrument. I also make sure to take an interest in student's lives beyond music- people are busy, and I understand those pressures! Besides that, music can relate to many areas and disciplines in life, and one's own previous experiences offer many methods for greater understanding.
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