Significant teachers and mentors:
Blake Brasch, cello (at MIC!) Carl Meyer, high school orchestra teacher Brandon Vamos, cello Donald Schleicher, conducting
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
When working with young musicians, I believe it is my job to introduce them to the great composers and the large cannon of repertoire that classical music offers. The idea that I try to convey to the students is to "play the music, not the notes". Through hard work and practice, my goal is to have the students enjoy making great music and to have fun while doing so.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Orchestra Director, Glenbrook North & Glenbrook South High School, 2013-present Interim Conductor, Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestras, 2013-2014 Music Director/Conductor, Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony & Community Orchestra, 2012-2013 Cellist, Heartland Festival Orchestra, 2011-present Cellist, Sinfonia da Camera, 2008-2013 Conducting/Cello Faculty, Chicago Suzuki Institute, 2013-present Cello Camp Co-Headmaster, Illinois Summer Youth Music, 2009-2013
Interests outside of music:
I am a huge advocate of musical theater and spend lots of my free time music-directing musicals, as well as writing arrangements and orchestrations for friends and colleagues in the field.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Beethoven and Mahler Symphonies