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I am a person who dedicates himself to passing on what he knows to the new generations of musicians so that they are prepared for the ever changing music industry. I am familiar with jazz, pop, classical and rock and can arrange simple to challenging arrangements for all of them.
I also believe in the power of outreach and how its influence can transform communities by sharing the arts. For my efforts in teaching and outreach I have recently been asked to join as viola faculty at the South Eastern Asia Music Festival in the Philippines later this summer (2016). There, my colleagues and I will be sharing our talents with the youth in order to instill a passion for string playing and the arts in general.
I ask a lot of my students, and I hold them to their word when it comes to preparation and performance. I try my best to help them find their own path, and will often challenge them by putting them just beyond their depth. I ask for effort and honesty, never for the impossible.
As teaching assistant under Professor Pamela McConnell, I was in charge of organizing undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral student chamber groups. I made sure that they had coaches, and that they had a time and place to perform for their midterm and final evaluations. This meant I also designed programs for performances.
I also gave several lessons to many of the undergraduate students. I did this in order to accumulate teaching experience as well to assist Professor McConnell in her busy schedule.
My minor duties were clerical, which meant I would keep track of Professor McConnell's schedule as well as the schedule of the her viola studio. I made sure that every student had a scheduled lesson every week and would help maintain the general flow of her studio meetings throughout the year.
A two and half week program in Cremona, Italy that provides opportunities for solo, chamber, and orchestral work. Students are expected to take daily lessons, rehearse with pianists, and rehearse with two chamber groups, which will perform at the end of the festival.
Soloists from all of the world are invited to perform with student orchestras and chamber groups, and are often found coaching quartets, quintets, etc.
A two week music festival that takes place in the Crested Butte, CO. This camp provides daily lessons and rehearsal times with pianists as well as chamber groups.
Musicians are also encouraged to explore the surrounding beauty of the Coloradan mountains and rivers.