As of yesterday, I am the new Third Flutist with the Santa Rosa Symphony! I am so looking forward to making great music with great musicians! If you haven’t checked out their brand new hall, Weill Hall, you definitely should. It’s absolutely stunning. Check their website for the upcoming season’s exciting offerings: SRS. See you there!
May 16th, 2013
March 11th, 2013
I’m happy to announce that I will be presenting my lecture recital, “Strange Bedfellows: Expressionism, Folk and Dada in Erwin Schulhoff’s Concertino” at this year’s National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans! My family’s roots are in Louisiana and I can’t wait to get back to share my music and take advantage of the amazing cuisine and hospitality Louisiana always has to offer. Check out www.nfaonline.org for more information about the Convention. See you there!
February 22nd, 2013
I have exciting news on many fronts this year!
First, I’m happy to announce that I am the new Flute Instructor at Skyline College in San Bruno. It’s off to a fantastic start – expect to hear more information about future events, including a recital in mid-May!
Second, Nine Muses was a great success! We had a fun time rehearsing over eight weeks and performing on December 20. The flute choir sounded outstanding, as well as the smaller groups featuring Ulises Viveros and Matthew Lapid, Brandon Lee and Ruby Ramirez, and Raymond Magpantay. Thank you to everyone who contributed time, food and energy to make it happen! To see pictures, go to Nine Muses.
Third, there’s a special project in the beginning stages, involving more flute music from the exciting and always surprising 20th-century Czech-Jewish composer Erwin Schulhoff. You will definitely hear more about that when some details are finalized! Stay tuned!
Until next time, happy fluting!
September 8th, 2012
I’m so pleased to announce my latest project: the Nine Muses Honor Flute Choir!
Open to any high school student in the SF Bay Area, Nine Muses aims to provide an outlet for skilled flutists to explore advanced topics in flute playing outside their school band or orchestra. Bonus: as opposed to private lessons, it’s with other flutists who also love playing flute! Students will audition on September 23 and begin rehearsals on October 2nd at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. All work culminates in a Finale Concert on November 9, at which every participant receives a cool custom Nine Muses t-shirt!
If you wish to donate toward the Nine Muses project, please go to the Useful Music Productions page to make a credit card donation or find information on how to send a check. Donations will be used toward venue rental fees (the biggest expense of all), sheet music costs, and contractor fees. Every little bit helps and I thank you with all my heart!
For more information on auditioning for Nine Muses, please visit the Nine Muses page! I hope to see you on September 23!
September 4th, 2012
Very exciting projects brewing for the fall…
Big announcement later this week!
June 25th, 2012
Last night was a great success! Congratulations to John Liberatore and Steven Rice for their stunning pieces ‘petals on a wet black bough’ and ‘Set the Table on a Roar’! My partner in crime Zuzanna Kwon and I had a great time premiering them and being challenged in many ways by them. We are so happy to add them to our repertoire. Big thank you’s also go out to Mark Boseman, honorary percussion partner in crime, and Tyler Cassidy-Heacock for her superb vocals.
I look forward to hearing the recording and will post tracks soon!
To new music!
April 2nd, 2012
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my Kickstarter campaign for my lecture recital, “Strange Bedfellows: Expressionism, Folk, and Dada in Erwin Schulhoff’s Concertino.” We made the goal of $1000 in less than 24 hours!
People are still giving towards the project, also! The extra funds will be used to present a series of lecture recitals, free of charge to the public. I am committed to making music education accessible to those who want it and your donations will help make it happen.
If you have not given and are interested, please check out my campaign website:
Erwin Schulhoff Campaign.
Again, thank you to everyone who has contributed! I’m so grateful and lucky. Will keep you posted!
October 17th, 2011
Very good question.
Sometimes, you hear and feel improvement in five minutes – but that, usually, is temporary. Nevertheless, improvement feels fantastic.
This past week, after approximately four or five lessons per student into the school year, I heard solid improvement across the board – in all of my students. Though this speaks to the teacher’s effectiveness, I never assume full responsibility for a student’s progress. The progress can happen only with dedication and sincere intention from the student. So, to all my students, “Bravi!” I’m so proud.
Improvement is tough to gauge on your own. You can’t always hear improvement in your own playing because you are too close, too intimate with your everyday practice. The changes are so subtle to really take notice. A teacher, on the other hand, is the perfect weekly friend to tell you either “Yes, you are going down the right path” or “No, we need to try something else.” So, use your ear and your body for guidance during the week, but don’t get too obsessed about improving immediately. Trust your teacher.
September 10th, 2011
One year, two days of comprehensive exams, many hours of practice later, I am enjoying life in San Francisco as a certified Doctor of Musical Arts, saving lives through music. It’s been a wonderful year, filled with performing and teaching and the next year looks extremely promising.
Summer was a pleasant combination of down time and busy-ness. It’s been just two weeks since I returned from Europe where I performed Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Salzburg. What an honor to experience it in the composer’s own hometown! Beautiful scenery and delicious gelato every day! When it was over, I spent a day in Lucerne, Switzerland and a few days in beautiful Paris. I can’t wait to go back.
Last night, I had a performance with the new music group After Everything. More and more, I feel that “new music” is one of many excellent arguments in the fight for live music. Often, I am not interested in buying a recording of a new piece, but I love the experience of watching musicians interpret the music, not to mention the anticipation and energy of listening in a group. The changes in the musical landscape of the past century have resulted in such an astoundingly varied repertoire that it’s impossible to not be excited about it. What’s important is that we the musicians must set the context for our audiences so they understand from whence the music is coming. Moreover, there are so many free opportunities to hear any kind of music played by very talented artists that there are no excuses for not supporting the local scene. So, get out there and listen!