It’s official: I am taking over for one year as interim instructor of low brass for the Music Department at Hamline University in St Paul! Their regular instructor, Ralph Hepola, is taking a leave of absence to pursue full time band teaching, and I am happy to step in and help.
I’ll be teaching low brass lessons to registered students, as well as doing the occasional coaching session for their ensemble sections. There is potential to collaborate with other instructors and I have every intention of putting on a solo recital in Sundin Hall in the spring.
What does this mean for my current studio? Almost nothing changes! I’ll be dedicating one day a week to teaching on campus and it will hardly affect my current studio schedule at all.
Many of you may know that I have been hoping for a long time to get a college position and begin my career in academia. I am really thrilled that I can start at Hamline- the first university founded in Minnesota- and work with the positive, civically-minded folks there. It is a gorgeous campus and has excellent facilities for its music students. There’s a possibility the position may extend beyond a year, but at the very least I am excited to begin here.
(A special shout-out goes to Sarah Schmalenberger, friend, fierce horn playing boss, and colleague, for her work in recommending me for the position and paving the way for my interview to go so smoothly and successfully. You should have friends like this, folks!)