BM, Indiana University
MM, New England Conservatory
Joined LMC faculty in 2016
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I have been the Principal Trombone with the Naples Philharmonic and a member of the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet since 1990. With the Naples Philharmonic, I've recorded several CD's and television PBS broadcasts. Additionally, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet was awarded first prize at the Summit Brass International Music Competition and second prize at the Narbonne, France International Brass Quintet Competition. Throughout my career, I've collaborated with an array of world-class musicians, orchestras, conductors and soloists. I have performed as principal trombone with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on tours of Japan and Taiwan and have performed with many world class orchestras and performers in such venues as The Hollywood Bowl, The Tanglewood Music Center, Boston and Chicago Symphony Halls, among others.
I am currently the trombone instructor at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. I reside in Naples, Florida, where I continue to play with the Naples Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and present master classes, clinics and give solo recitals.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
I am excited about teaching at Luzerne for several reasons: It has the perfect balance of presenting a wide range of students the best possible camp experience with excellent music education and performances. It is in a beautiful setting with a wide range of outdoor activities, creating a bonding experience with other students. The faculty is amazing and they all bring such dedication , experience, passion , and professionalism to their teaching and performing. Also, the possibility to hear amazing chamber performances by the faculty is a great asset to the program.
What can students expect to learn while working with you this summer?
As a teacher, I bring years of experience and knowledge to my students. I was fortunate to study with some of the worlds most respected trombonists and performers. When I work with a student, I meet each at their current level of playing, setting up a program of regular goals and exploration to help them on the path to discover their potential. I focus on the fundamentals of sound, tone production, pitch and rhythm regularly with all of my students. For the older students, I help them identify music schools to audition for, prepare audition material and help set goals in pursuing a music career if that is their desire.