I am currently on faculty at the following institutions in the New York City area. For more information about each school, please read the information and follow the links below. If you have further questions about studying with me either privately or in an official program, please contact me via the contact page on this website.
Rutgers University - Mason Gross School for the Arts
Rutgers is a great all around school. For students who want the real "college experience", this would be the place. We offer all the standard degrees (BM, BME, MM, DMA). Student ensembles include orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz, chamber music, etc. Another great perk of the program is that all students get up to 5 lessons per semester that are accompanied by piano. I think this is a huge deal that I wish more schools would offer. I have a pretty even split of performance and education majors for undergrads, and all of my graduate students are pursuing performance. We also have fantastic facilities and great proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. The brass faculty includes players from The MET, NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Canadian Brass.
Mannes College - The New School For Music
Mannes College is one the big three NYC conservatories. We are looking for students that are pursuing a performing career. In addition to the standard orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire, the school is increasing its focus on contemporary music and composing in an effort to make our graduates well rounded and more marketable. Mannes is located in the heart of Manhattan, providing convenient access to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and several other premiere performing venues. Other trombone faculty members include MET Orchestra Principal Trombonist Demian Austin, New York Philharmonic Bass Trombonist George Curran, New York City Ballet Bass Trombonist Nick Schwartz, and trombone legend Dave Taylor. Students have the ability to take lessons from multiple teachers. All low brass students participate regularly in a low brass class and brass repertoire class in addition to playing in the orchestra. We also have a regular masterclass series with world class trombonists. Recent guest artists include Jorgen Van Rijen, Carl Lenthe, Michael Mulcahy, Sam Schlosser, Ian Bousfield, Tim Higgins, Mark Templeton, David Garcia, James Markey, and many others. We offer BM, MM and diploma programs.
Bard College Conservatory of Music
The Bard College trombone department embraces the team teaching philosophy. Tenor trombone students receive lessons with me as well as MET Orchestra Principal Trombonist Demian Austin. Nick Schwartz of the New York City Ballet teaches bass trombone, and his students also get supplemental lessons with the tenor trombone faculty. All students get to work with all three of us privately. The interesting thing about Bard is that ALL undergrad students must pursue a 5 year double degree program... One degree in music and the other degree in something completely different (psychology, languages, etc). For students who are looking for a truly well rounded and diverse education, this is the place to be. The school has an amazing capacity for scholarships. We also have an Advanced Professional Studies program for grad students who just want to focus on playing. Bard has state of the art facilities and regularly takes its student ensembles on international tours. The Bard College Orchestra also regularly plays side by side concerts with the American Symphony Orchestra, giving students a closer look at being part of a professional ensemble.