Hi friends! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Sunday. Things have been very busy for me, as usual – let me catch you up with what’s been happening in my neck of the woods!

At the end of October, the FSU Trumpet Studio hosted guest artist and clinician Dr. Jason Bergman, Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas. I had never met Dr. Bergman personally and was very excited to hear him play and learn from his teaching. I was so impressed with how authentically kind and helpful he was to everyone and am thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know him.

Mid-master class with Dr. Jason Bergman!

I’m about to finish my third semester in my doctoral degree, and although my workload has been abnormally heavy this Fall, it has also been wonderfully inspiring and exciting. What a pleasure it has been to play with such talented colleagues in the FSU Wind Orchestra this semester! Our most recent concert featured repertoire by Carter Pann, Purcell/Stucky, Darius Milhaud, Narong Prangchareon, and Ron Nelson.


Last week, I checked another item off the list for the completion of my degree – my lecture recital, titled “Solo Repertoire for Young Students: A Pedagogical Approach.” During the recital, I discussed my extensive research of solo repertoire for the intermediate to beginning advanced student trumpeter that I completed when preparing to record my CD, In the Light: Contest Solos for Student Trumpeters. Special thanks to my pianist, Mark Franklin, the FSU Trumpet Studio for their support, and to my teacher, Dr. Moore, for his guidance and encouragement.

Mid-performance during my lecture recital!

My parents came to Tallahassee for Thanksgiving this year, to my absolute delight! It doesn’t get much better weather-wise than Florida this time of year, so we chose to  eat our Thanksgiving feast outside. Sam and I absolutely loved their company and are looking forward to a trip home to Kansas for the Christmas holiday in just a few short weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving from mine to yours!

Tomorrow starts a sprint to the finish line for the end of the semester, I can hardly believe it! Happy Holidays to you and yours.


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