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Challenging the “Orchestral” Model

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend two local concerts: Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Jazz at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre and a matinee Atlanta Symphony performance at the Woodruff Arts Center. While I’d like to offer a few musical observations on both concerts, it seems this would be an appropriate setting to discuss how modern orchestras are changing… Read more →

Atlanta Bone Squad

ATL Music Scene: Atlanta Bone Squad

Earlier this month I had the fantastic opportunity to hear the Atlanta Bone Squad at Alpharetta’s innovative performance venue, the Velvet Note.  The vision of eminent jazz trombonist and educator Wes Funderburk, the ensemble of five trombones and rhythm section comprised Tom Gibson, Lee Watts, Richard Sherrington, Decker Babcock, Justin Varnes, Trey Wright and Chris Riggenbach. The Velvet Note markets… Read more →

musicians suffering from depression

Musicians and Depression

Depression is a reality. Many of us or people we know have experienced depression in some form. For people working in the arts, art itself can be a large part of healing and working through difficult circumstances. Unfortunately, work-related depression (i.e. stresses caused not necessarily by the product of artistic output) is often more prevalent in creative people. According to… Read more →

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When Passion Meets Persistence: This is “World Class”

In the midst of difficult and tense labor negotiations at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Hepner, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center (the ASO’s parent organization), proceeded to state during a radio interview that “It’s up to anyone to decide what’s world-class and what an orchestra should be.” As a curious music student, I realized I need to… Read more →

LIVE Stream for Recital this Afternoon at 1:55PM

I’m thrilled to be presenting a recital this afternoon with some incredible musicians. Check out the live stream here, beginning at 1:55PM EST. https://new.livestream.com/accounts/4813488/events/2969588 ***Please note you will need to create a Livestream account to view the feed–but this is EASY and FREE! The easiest option is simply to “Login with Facebook.” Thanks for investing your time in great music! Read more →

Vincent Bach and the Modern Trumpet

I’m thrilled by the opportunity to present my research on Vincent Bach at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Presentations at Kennesaw State University. Please find my full paper below, followed by a copy of my Powerpoint presentation that I will present.  Vincent Bach and the Modern Trumpet Vincent Bach finds his place in music history as a figure who advanced his… Read more →