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I am excited to announce that I have completed my Doctor of Music Arts degree at the University of Maryland. Huge thanks to my teacher, Chris Gekker, for all of his help throughout my time at UMD, and special thanks to Chris Vadala as well. I had a wonderful experience at UMD, but I am certainly relieved to be finished.
In other news, I played a very nice run of The Threepenny Opera at Signature Theatre throughout April and May. Now that the show is done and most of my teaching commitments have ended for the summer, the past few weeks have been busy with preparing our house for the imminent arrival of our second child.
Just finished up a couple of runs at Signature Theatre (the premiere of Matt Conner's Crossing and the critically acclaimed revival of Gypsy) followed up by a week of Les Misérables at H-B Woodlawn. Last December I also got to play the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra holiday show at An Die Musik, as well as another Tom Waits tribute show with White Lodge at the Windup Space.
This spring I will be playing my third dissertation recital and completing my doctorate at the University of Maryland. Also, coming up in March is a chamber program with the International Chamber Orchestra of Washington that includes Stravinsky's Octet for Winds as well as Masatoshi Mitsumoto's Fantasy on Leo Arnaud's Olympic Theme for the same instrumentation.
I had a great time last month playing Spamalot down at the National Theatre in DC, Peter Pan before that at the Lyric in Baltimore, and Verdi's Requiem with the Annapolis Symphony at the US Naval Academy. I also got to play with Drew Gress on a new composition of his during his recent residency at Towson University and perform a wind octet by Masatoshi Mitsumoto at a concert of the Montgomery County Composer's Society.
The spring semester is coming to a close which means my teaching commitments will soon be winding down for the summer. I'm looking forward to the extra time so I can get back to work on my last two dissertation recitals. These recitals will feature an eclectic mix of music for trumpet and percussion, including new compositions by Ed RosenBerg and myself.
Happenings in the next couple of months include Out of Your Head improvised sets with two exciting lineups, playing at the DC Jazz Festival with a big band featuring Lee Konitz/Florian Weber/Mike Formanek/Matt Wilson at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the return of Baltimore's favorite dectet, Lubbock, to the Windup Space.
It's been a very busy fall. In addition to teaching at Frostburg, Peabody, HCC and Music and Arts I played a week with the Annapolis Symphony, two weeks with the National Philharmonic and just finished a four-show weekend of concert performances of the new musical Crossing at the Signature Theatre.
Starting next month I'll be back at Signature playing in their production of Dreamgirls. The show runs from November 13-January 6th.
07.27.12Frostburg State University
I'm pleased to announce that I will begin teaching trumpet at Frostburg State University this fall.
07.22.12New website launched!
Welcome to my new website. I'm just getting started so check back soon for updates.