I hope all is well on your side of the computer screen. Can you believe it is almost March already? Things have been busy for me, as usual. I’m excited to share my recent events with you all!
My Spring semester began with a very exciting FSU basketball game against Duke. I like to think that because of our very enthusiastic (and LOUD) cheering, FSU pulled out for the upset victory that they did. It was a great way to start the new semester alongside good friends!
In early February, I had the privilege of performing in FSU’s 18th biannual Festival of New Music in the University Symphony Orchestra. It is always a blessing to have a composer of a piece you’re performing in attendance to offer guidance and feedback. We were lucky to have two with us during this concert: Roydon Tse and Louis Andriessen. The concert was even live streamed, which made my family members from Kansas very happy!
In mid-February, I gave a joint presentation to the FSU trumpet studio on Italian Baroque trumpet repertoire alongside my colleague, Daniel Haddock. I have always loved history and really enjoyed the opportunity to introduce and discuss such cool information to the studio. Special thanks to Professor Goff and Dr. Moore for developing such cool history and listening units and for the opportunity to present.
One perk of being a doctoral teaching assistant at FSU is the consistent opportunity to get to know such accomplished guest artists on a personal level. What a privilege it was to spend a whole day playing “chauffeur” to members of the United States Army Brass Quintet! They gave informative master classes to all FSU brass students in the morning and early afternoon and ended the day with a wonderfully inspiring concert.
March and April look to be just as exciting as the past few months. I’ll be in touch later with another update. Until then, take care of yourselves!