June has arrived, and my first season with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has
come to a close. Puns aside, it has been such a blast! I have learned so much from my incredibly friendly woodwind and brass colleagues and have gotten to play amazing repertoire, to boot. Some season highlights include: being part of a live production of
Amadeus in collaboration with the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, playing piccolo in Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, and my first ever performance of John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever–on Sousa’s 160th birthday. For a little peek into what this year was like, check out this flattering review of our Season finale in April: “This performance [of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique] ranked among the best, live or on record.” Wow! In short, I feel incredibly blessed.
Meanwhile, in March, I was blessed to begin work at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Community Music School. My little studio has
taught me so very much in the last three months; I can’t wait to continue working with the students very soon!
Of course, my first year as a DMA student has also ended. The end of the semester brought me two exciting multimedia experiences. The first: performances of MAX patches written by members of the Greensboro Laptop Orkestra (GLOrk).
Second, Dr. Michael S. Rothkopf (composer of Coloured Inks) asked me to perform an excerpt of his work Gitanjali with three lovely dancers at UNCSA’s M3 Spree. Flute, computer, and dance–what an incredible experience!