…before I leave for Budapest. It’s almost here! All the hard work, brainpower, blood, sweat, tears will hopefully pay off. My preview recital is tomorrow night: August 29 at 8 pm at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Stop by! I feel pretty good about everything, though I won’t be doing the CPE Bach from memory quite yet; still rough around the edges for that. I am looking forward to sharing this great and eclectic program that has definitely pushed my playing into a new level. I suppose that’s the main reason we do competitions- to get better. It has also revealed areas which need improvement and that is always a good thing: new challenges! Regardless of what happens, I am so glad to be in tip-top playing shape. Let’s see how long it lasts!
August 28th, 2013
August 1st, 2013
I have lived in San Francisco for ten years now and consider myself a fully-fledged San Franciscan. I deeply love everything this unique city has to offer, even Muni. However, it’s definitely not Norman, Oklahoma, where I grew up. I have so many great memories that every time I visit Norman, I sort of long to relive those experiences: having a car (ha!), just hanging out with friends at the local coffee shop on really hot summer nights (something we most certainly do not have in SF), sometimes getting into trouble.
I’ve been intensely focussed on the upcoming competition in Budapest and figured, since I’ll be in New Orleans next week for the NFA Convention, I may as well just swing by Oklahoma and do a recital of some of the competition repertoire for the town that meaningfully contributed to my musical upbringing. So, if you happen to be in the vicinity on August 15 at 7:30 pm, you are invited to my “Competitions are for Horses – 2013 Fundraiser Edition” recital in Norman, Oklahoma! I’m asking for a bit of money to help me cover the costs associated with travelling to Budapest -there is a suggested donation of $10- but no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. For more details, go to my calendar! See you there!
If you live in San Francisco and would love to hear this exciting program, don’t worry! I will be performing it on August 29 at the SF Conservatory of Music. More details to come!
July 18th, 2013
It’s official! Starting in September, I will be teaching Woodwind Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music! I am honored to be on faculty at my alma mater- I have such great memories of being a student there. I can’t wait to contribute to students’ excellent education at SFCM.
In other news, back in June I was invited to compete in the Budapest International Flute Competition in Hungary in September. I’ve been preparing like a madwoman, learning new pieces and memorizing them (I think the hardest part!). I’ll be in Oklahoma in mid-August, doing a fundraising concert in Norman to help raise monies to help with the costs of the plane ticket. If you’re in the area, stop by and have a listen! If you’re in San Francisco, don’t worry! I have a concert planned on August 29 at SFCM for a final preview of the work I’ve done for the competition. Come and say hi!
Otherwise, Summer Music West is in full swing at SFCM, where you can find me most days. Josh Groban is next week in Santa Rosa and then, who knows!
May 16th, 2013
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!
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!