Great Thinkers Inform Aspiring Musicians


College audition season is coming to a close. Students will soon be getting their acceptance and rejection letters, and then the time to make the big decision will be here. There have been numerous articles written about how to choose…

A Basketball Legend Informs Audition Preparation


Audition season will soon be upon us. Some will be playing live auditions and making recordings in hopes of getting into colleges, summer music festivals, and seminars. Some will be preparing for auditions with professional orchestras and military bands. Some…

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There's Joy in the Sound


Although there is well over a month left of summer for me, I've already had so many memorable experiences. In June, I had a fantastic vacation to Europe for two weeks that was a great way to forget about the…
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Words from Wynton

I’m a huge fan of Wynton Marsalis. In my opinion, he is the standard bearer for great musicianship in our generation. When it comes to playing, pedagogy, communication, and advocacy of the craft, it’s hard to imagine that anyone is…
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What a Week!

This past week was definitely one of the most musically and personally satisfying weeks I’ve had in a long time. So, I thought I would share the details of it with you all. People always tell me that I’m “living…
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Spain

I've now returned home after a two week trip to Spain. The first week of the trip was spent in Salceda de Caselas, Galicia, where I was teaching at Curso Internacional Semana Musical (CISM). This five day intensive course attracted…
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South Africa 2011

I am now done with my three week trip to South Africa. My participation in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF) is now complete and I am getting closer to the pure vacation portion of my summer. Many many…
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Japan 2011

I just returned two days ago from the MET's 3 week tour of Japan. Unfortunately, I'm now suffering from what will likely become a summer flu. I'm pretty sure this is a result of traveling and sleep deprivation and not…
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Wycliffe's Jazz a la Carte

The NYC to Japan version of jet lag has found me waking up at 4AM in the morning. I'm used to getting up at 9AM after a late night at work, so this is definitely out of the ordinary for…
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Union Busters

The arts are constantly under fire in our country. The recent wave of orchestra managements coming down so hard on the musicians is a really frightening occurrence. There is no example more glaring than the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. It's really…
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The Curtis Orchestra

Last night I had the opportunity to hear the Curtis Symphony Orchestra perform in Carnegie Hall. The program was Hindemith Music for Strings and Brass, Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concert w/ Hilary Hahn and Shostakovich 5. What an AWESOME concert this…