October and Poe

Here we are friends, in the heart of fall. In New York the chilly windy days have arrived. We see scenes of fallen colored leaves blowing down the streets and  figures of the macabre appear all around; jack-o-lanterns and witches and other scary creatures associated with this month. And I have one more to add to your October spirit.

Edgar Allan Poe.

This month is simply not complete with some 19th century frightful stories. And as luck would have it I’m performing on a concert dedicated to just that, Poe!

Whitney George’s Curiostiy Cabinet is presenting an evening of music and Poe. There will be original score to silent films from the 1920’s, a retelling of The Raven with puppets, and even a setting of a lesser known poem of his, Evening Star.

It’s really going to be a great evening to celebrate Poe and the season of the macabre. Join us at 7:30p this Thursday at the Center for Fiction (17 E 47th St.)!!

Big Read POE Concert Poster copy


– another SoprAboist

Bastien and Bastienne

The past few weeks I have been rehearsing Bastien and Bastienne, one of Mozart’s first operasHe was a mature 12 years old when he wrote this cute little one act opera. It is a comedic story of a shepherdess who believes her lover has gone and found another to love.  As she meets the village soothsayer craziness ensues!

We have two performances set, Tuesday, September 9 at Hunter College in the Lang Recital Hall and Tuesday, September 30 at the Graduate Center in Elebash Recital Hall.  Also to fill out the program a few members of the orchestra will be performing solo works.  Rob Keiser will be performing Robert Schumann’s Papillons, Will Downy will be performing Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesfreud and I will be singing Darius Milhaud’s Chansons de Ronsard.

It should be a great evening for all!

If you’d like to help out this production, and allow us to add more performances or want to be updated with pictures and future performances check out our Indigogo page.  Donate a few dollars if you can!


– another SoprAboist

Holiday in Rome

Come join the Litha Symphony Orchestra for a Holiday in Rome!

The concert features Berlioz’s Roman Carnival, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italian, Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and the night wouldn’t be complete without Rhespighi’s Pines of Rome. I’m playing English Horn with the group and having a great time with the two fantastic solos.

Your holiday begins at 8:00pm tomorrow, Saturday, August 23 at the Church of the Holy Apostles (9th Ave & 28th St). Tickets are $20 and includes an open bar for the duration of the concert. For more information visit http://www.lithasymphony.org.

Hope to see you there!

Litha Symphony

– another SoprAboist

IDRS 2014

What a week!  A record number of double reeds flocked to the big city of New York to attend the International Double Reed Society’s (IDRS) conference at NYU.  The conference began Tuesday morning and ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning with a cocktail party overlooking the beautiful New York skyline.

I spent the entire week listening to lectures and concerts, meeting new and old friends and walking around the exhibits seeing all the new gadgets available and of course trying all the great instruments.  The exhibits wouldn’t have been complete without the madness of everyone noodling on the instruments, searching for one they might call their own.

And (excitedly)…. I am happy to announce that I got a new oboe!  After 10 years with my last great instrument I finally have a second oboe!  It’s another Lorée, but this time a 125 model. It has an extremely smooth sound and unbelievable upper range.  I’m so sad that I can only play it 15 minutes a day right now!

New Oboe

New Lorée 125 Royal model oboe!


Another great highpoint of the week was participating in the William Scheide celebration.  I had the great honor of playing and singing next to Allan Vogel, Dan Stolper and Frank Morelli.  Just playing with one would have been amazing, but I had all three of these greats right next to me.  The celebration was made even sweeter as the 100 yr old Scheide was in the audience to experience it.


With so much that happened this week it would take days to detail it all, but I can say that I saw so many great performances, master classes and even lectures.  What a great introduction to the fun of IDRS!

Now for Tokyo 2015!!


— another SoprAboist


TONIGHT Centennial Birthday Serenade in tribute to William H. Scheide

Everyone in New York be aware a fantastic concert celebration is happening tonight!!
(And I’m a part of it!!)

A Serenade celebrating the 100th birthday of Princeton resident William H. Scheide will be performed at New York University’s Loewe Theater, 34 W. 4th St, on Thursday, August 7 at 5:30 pm.  The concert, featuring works selected from sacred cantatas and a mass composed by J. S. Bach, is open to the public and free of charge, presented as a special event during the International Double Reed Society Conference hosted by NYU under the artistic direction of oboist Matt Sullivan, who is a member of the faculty at both NYU and Princeton University.

Scheide Serenade


– another SoprAboist

aMainezing Summer!

I have finally begun to catch my breath after a great 3 weeks spent at the Bowdoin International Music Festival at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. As a woodwind fellow I was there to perform chamber music in a woodwind quintet as well as in the orchestra and any solo performances I could squeeze in. After 21 days those performances totaled 11! I was able to perform 3 solo, 3 orchestra and 5 chamber.

To break those down a bit I began my performances with the Brahms Violin (really oboe!) Concerto.  I was very excited to have the chance to play this amazing solo.  My fellow winds were a great cushion allowing me to float above.

Post Brahms "Oboe" Concerto performance with Ilya Kaler.

Post Brahms “Oboe” Concerto performance with Ilya Kaler.

After that initial concert I got my chance at some solo work on the Bowdoin stage with Lyle Davidson’s Bird of Paradise and Poulenc’s Oboe Sonata.

Later that week it was the Lady Wind Squad’s turn at the stage.  We decided early on that we wanted to prepare a children’s concert, so our first performance boasted some of that program, Berio’s Opus Number Zoo and Derek Bermel’s piece Wanderings.  We had the great fortune to work directly with Bermel for this performance, which was a great added bonus. A few days later we performed our children’s concert adding Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  Our “children” were a little older than we imagined, but it was still great fun!

Lady Wind Squad after our first performance together!

Lady Wind Squad after our first performance together!

Lady Wind Squad after our Children's Concert

Lady Wind Squad after our Children’s Concert

My final week of performances kicked off with a chance to show Bowdoin my passion of bringing both of my gifts together in Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise. As is always fun when I perform this piece I witnessed the audience suddenly lean forward as I began to sing.  It was completely unexpected for them and they loved it.

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

The last performance I will speak of was performing Mozart’s Eb minor Serenade with (almost) all of the winds.  This was another community concert, this time at a Residential Community in town.  It was a full house and my joy was in the audience members’ joy.  I could feel the few that had a seat not even a foot from me hanging on every phrase.  It was something very special that I will hold dear forever.


Outside of all this performing I met some great friends and had some time to explore a bit of Maine. It was of course a must to find lobster, and we certainly did at any opportunity.  And we even had a chance to make it to the beach!

Maine Lobster!

Maine Lobster!

Me at the beach

Me at the beach

The Maine shore is just beautiful!

The Maine shore is just beautiful!

Most days our free time left us exploring the town of Brunswick.  The restaurants were plentiful, which we made sure to try as many as possible, but there were a couple places that continued to be frequented.  I can (but probably shouldn’t) boast that as many concerts I played I probably visited Gelato Fiasco more.  One week is was a destination 5 days in a row.  (Maybe more…)  There were simply too many amazing flavors to try and experience! There was also Joshua’s, which had free popcorn and was a great hangout after a long day to catch up and talk of the upcoming days.

The three weeks will certainly be ones to remember.  I learned so much about my ability as a musician as well as met friends and colleagues that will be around for life.  From here it is only up!

Lady Wind Squad

Lady Wind Squad


My next adventure this summer: IDRS – New York!
August 5-9, 2014


– another SoprAboist

August 8 @ 7:30pm!

Join me at Music Mountain on August, 8 at 7:30 pm for a great concert. Joining me will be pianist John Tu, clarinetist Alex Kollias and bassist Evan Runyon. The program consists of Davidson’s Homage to Charles V. Stanford, Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, Persichetti’s Parable for Solo Oboe, Clearfield’s Neruda Songs for Oboe and Bass and a world premiere of Jason Coleman’s Sognata No. 1. Tickets are $10 at the door.

If you can’t attend in person join via the live stream!

Live stream by Ustream

See you there!!

– another sopraboist