Degree(s): BM Music Education, The Hartt School, 2012
Current Employment/Employer(s): Locomotive Engineer employed by the Long Island Railroad
Former Employment/Employer(s): Bartender employed by the Long Island Railroad
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: I don't play as much as I'd like to, but I play in high school and community pit orchestras when they need extra people and teach privately when students are looking for extra help.
Advice for Current Students: Don't be afraid to take a risk or stray from the popular opinion – it might work out for the best. Do what you think is the best choice for you. You learn a lot more in music school than 'just playing instruments'. You are extremely marketable with a music degree because of your dedication, attention to detail, logic and reasoning skills, and above all else incredible work ethic. My job required a year and a half long INTENSE training program where you needed to have the discipline to teach yourself materials around a full-time, sleep-deprived work schedule. Surprisingly, I am not the only musician in my craft. The company SEEKS musicians because of those abilities. I may not be in a musical field of work but I absolutely use my skills at work every single day. No education is wasted, ever.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? Go New York Giants!!!