Degree(s): MM Saxophone Performance, The Hartt School, 2011
BM Music Education/Performance Certificate in Saxophone, University of South Carolina, 2009

Current Employment: Director of Bands at Charleston School of the Arts High School; Private Saxophone Studio Instructor; Freelance Professional Saxophonist

Former Employment: Dorchester School District 2 – DuBose Middle School/Summerville High School (Woodwinds/Band)

Current and/or Former Creative Projects: SC Summer Saxophone Camp; Lowcountry Saxophone Choir; Charleston Wind Symphony; Saxophonist with Kammermusik Chamber Music Series; Private Studio Recitals

Advice to Current Students:
1.Listen to Professor Koffman. Work hard. Don’t make excuses. Take care of yourself (not just physically, but mentally as well). Practice. Practice some more. Oh, did I mention practice? BE POSITIVE… It really is that simple, but so many try to make it more complicated and instead waste time on things outside of this. Don’t be one of those people.
2. In the chaos of college and graduate school it often feels like you are drowning in deadlines, studying, practicing, rehearsals and often feel that it is nearly impossible keep your head above water, but this is such a short period of time in the grand scheme of life. You CAN and WILL make it through. This time will go by quicker than you realize and you will look back wishing you would have taken even more opportunities to advance yourself as a musician and human being during this critical time. There is always another opportunity to advance yourself personally, professionally and musically… don’t take it for granted! Be ruthless in your efforts to obtain as much knowledge as possible NOW. Knowledge is power. Once you get out into the real world you will yearn for the time and opportunity to do these things… Balance and time-management will always be a never-ending battle.
3. Let’s just make this clear… Those of you who think you will “never teach" and that “music education is just for those people who can’t play their horns" are sadly mistaken… learn how to teach or you’re in the wrong profession.
4. Many of you will expect to graduate and get the “perfect job/performing opportunities" as soon as you are done with your degree all because “you have a performance and/or music education degree from the Hartt School!" Sorry, that rarely ever happens and you are naive. (I say this out of love of course!) Life is going to have to chew you up and spit you out a little bit first, but it will ALL be worth it. You will probably have several jobs that you absolutely hate and feel like you’re selling your soul to. That is OK. It will make you a better teacher and musician in the long run!
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life?
I knew upon graduation that I wanted a healthy mix of teaching and performing for the rest of my life, but didn’t know exactly how I was going to achieve that initially. It has taken me FIVE years after graduation from my Masters Degree at Hartt to feel like I’m finally getting in the ballpark of where I want to be both professionally and personally…I have just recently achieved a healthy balance between teaching 300 kids in public school, performing with several professional ensembles, running my private studio, practicing, maintaining a household, exercising, taking care of/spending time with my family, reading books, breathing, etc. Yes, I am making a living doing what I love, but remember that it was not handed to me!