Hi everybody!

Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone, can you believe it? This December marks the half-way point of my doctoral degree, with three semesters down and three to go. So much has happened since I last wrote – let’s catch you up real quick.

In November, I was invited to give a clinic at the upcoming International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Hershey, PA! Keeping it secret until it posted on the official website was a challenge, as I really look froward to the  conference every year! Although I work as a column editor for the ITG journal and have served as a reporter at a number of ITG conferences, this will be my first clinic! I’ll be discussing my research of solo repertoire for the intermediate to beginning advanced student trumpet player that I completed in preparation for recording my CD, In the Light.

ITG 2017, here I come!

In early December, an article I wrote titled “Teaching through Technology: A Recording Project for the Student Trumpeter,” was published in the December 2016 issue of the FMEA Florida Music Director! The article features the research of solo repertoire I completed when working on my CD, and discusses pedagogical components of a few select solos in particular.  Follow the link below, click on “December Issue,” and flip to page 16 to read!


December also included a few goodbye’s to three of my trumpet students. Krystal Romano, Matt Tenoré, and Marcos Ventura are all headed to student teach this Spring and are well on their way to becoming wonderful music educators. What an absolute pleasure it has been spending the past three semesters with each of them! Thank you to Dr. Moore for gifting me with these wonderful people – and to Krystal, Matt, and Marcos for making my job as your trumpet teacher so fulfilling.

Best wishes, Krystal and Matt!
Best wishes, Marcos!

This Christmas Eve marked 10 years of playing both services at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, KS. Sam and I were married in this church in 2011, the organist was my neighbor when I was a little girl, and many members of the congregation are former teachers, mentors, and friends from middle school and high school. As you might imagine, I look forward to this gig every single year! Special thanks to Pastor Carey and Jan Peak for the invitation and wonderful hospitality.

Ready for the Christmas Eve service!

Our trip to Kansas for the holidays this year was filled with lots of laughs and hugs – just what we needed after an incredibly busy semester for both Sam and I! We continue to be blessed with wonderful family and friends and are thankful to have been able to visit for as long as we did. Thanks to both sets of our parents for their patience and hospitality and to our siblings for your friendship and your beautiful children! We love you all.

Christmas with the Ronen’s
Christmas with the Walenz’

Here’s to the start of a new semester, and a new year! Take care of yourselves, friends.