French Hornist and Private Lesson Teacher


A Little Website Update

Hi all,

It’s been a few months since I’ve either updated this website or really posted much on any social media of mine. The obvious answer is that I’ve been busy! Mostly this is true, but it’s been a lot of work on top of an apathy towards working on this website. If you notice the date of the last blog post, I think you can guess why.

In case you cannot, however, it was due to playing festivals in Miami, Fl and Tahoe, CA during the summer, and then school immediately started up.

A little on those festivals: The Miami Music Festival was great fun and gave me a ton of time to practice… which I really needed. It ended up lasting 4 weeks and gave me a chance to play principal on a Wagner opera, which was the first—and for all I know last— time that I may ever get to do that. We played Die Walküre, which was quite difficult but quite rewarding at the same time.

Tahoe was a different beast. This is actually my first professional festival of any sort—and I’m labeling this as professional as I was paid in some fashion. It was quite intense in the first 3 days, mostly due to 5+ hours of rehearsal on pretty difficult music. Here the orchestra was 26 members, so it cut down on the amount of rep we could play. We played Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite, and Beethoven’s Symphony 8. Yes there were other things, but those three were probably the most stressful! It was great fun though and I’m planning on playing again next year (really 8 months but who’s counting?).

In addition to all of this, I had a recital in September, which went fairly well… That’s actually all I’m going to say about it because I don’t want this post to go on forever. More importantly in September though, I won an audition for Third horn of the Augusta Symphony! This is my second time winning an audition, the other one being in The Long Bay Symphony up in Myrtle Beach, SC.

I know I could go on and on about finishing up the rest of my classes, or the general gig schedule I had this past semester, but overall that’s fairly dull so I’ll abstain from discussing that here. Instead, I’ll leave you with a little update about my teaching studio. I now am teaching 10 students in both Athens and Buford, GA!

Finally, a little update about the website. I know I probably write this every single time I make an update, but over the next few days I’ll have an updated event schedule of my various concerts and I’ll also update the audio page with a couple more recordings I made over the past few months.