Now that I am a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in degree in Music Education, a great burden has been lifted off of my shoulders. At the beginning of this final year, I didn't feel as comfortable being both a teacher and a performing musician. After seeing what I have accomplished in this year, however, I now know what I am capable of doing whether it be performing music, or teaching an elementary school general music class for several weeks. I am ready for what is next, and that is further refining my skills as a trumpeter and musician at the University of Iowa this Fall! Before that, I'll close May and living in Pennsylvania with a "bang" by performing one final concert at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. It will be a big one: GUSTAV HOLST'S THE PLANETS!

interlochen high school boys staff

The official staff photo for those involved with the high school boys division; a superb staff to say the least!

interlochen high school boys cabin 14 session I.

It has been 3 weeks here at Interlochen Arts Camp, and the experience has been incredible. I started out with 16 exceptional campers, and have enjoyed their presence and concerts throughout the weeks they stayed. My co-counselor and I are in charge of a varying mix of "majors" in our cabin. This photo is from the first session of camp. Another one will be taken for session two in the next week. Each camper has their unique talents to show and unique personalities. I'm looking forward to seeing what is to come in the final weeks we have here!

final concert at heinz hall

On May 22nd, 2016, I performed my final concert with the incredible Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. After 3 years of being one of 4 trumpeters in the orchestra, I have to say that this concert was by far one of the most fun concerts I have ever performed with the group! It was electrifying and a bittersweet performance of wonderful repertoire, with the highlight piece being Holst's The Planets suite. What a superb organization to have been a part of, but now it's time to move on to the next chapter of my life, which is attending graduate school at University of Iowa!

Interlochen coming to end soon...

Interlochen is coming to an end in the next week and a half, but there is still much fun to be had. Above are two photos of our session two campers. The cabin decided to have two photos taken; one silly and one awkward. On the left is the silly photo which we called our "Rap Group" photo, and on the right is our "Awkward Smile" photo.

interlochen high school boys/girls beach trip

ESCH ROAD BEACH - This was the view at the end of the Interlochen High School boys/girls beach trip.

singer-songwriters = excellent!

The final Singer-Songwriter concert was excellent last night. Much talent at this camp, and I'm looking forward to see the second round of Singer-Songwriter campers.