Degree(s): BM Saxophone Performance/Music Education, The Hartt School, 2013
Current Employment/Employer(s): Hartt School Community Division; Avon Old Farms School; self-employed freelance musician
Former Employment/Employer(s): Music and Arts
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: I play professionally, on an average of 5-8 times a week, with various organizations. The groups with which I play are typically in the categories of classical, latin, jazz, and contemporary music. I work the most for musical theater productions, where I am asked to play on all the saxophones, piccolo, flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. This season, I am coming up on my 50th professional musical theater engagement since I started gigging in 2008. In CT, I have worked (and continue to do so) at The Broadbrook Opera House, The Ivoryton Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, the Goodspeed Opera House, Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theater, the Schubert Theater in New Haven, and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to this work, I have appeared as a saxophonist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and played on saxophone/bass clarinet for the New Haven Symphony.
Do you have any advice you’d offer a current student?
At some point in your performing career, you will be asked to teach. This is an absolute guarantee. It may take the form of an outreach concert, masterclass, private instruction, or even coaching a chamber ensemble. What you say and do in your teaching experience, no matter how obvious, banal, or dismissable it may seem to you, can alter the life of someone else sitting in that room. When it happens, be sure you've changed that student's life for the better. Being a good player is not enough; take every opportunity you have to become a better teacher. And . . . tuning CD. Lots of it.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? I am living the life I have always wanted to live!