It’s almost April and it’s shaping up to be a busy and diverse month of gigs for me. Here’s a rundown. I hope you can make one or a few!
April 1st, 6a, 730a, 9a, 1030a, 12p: Easter Services at Bethlehem Lutheran FREE
This is my third year performing with the brass and organ ensemble at Bethlehem. It’s a strong, musical group that I am honored to be a part of!
April 18th, 12- 1pm: L2L presents Dameun Strange FREE
I’ll be a part of the premiere of Dameun’s new work Trek|Polaris at the American Composers Forum lunchtime concert series in the Landmark Center, St Paul.
April 21st, 9pm-12a: Adam Meckler Orchestra featuring Rex Richardson at Vieux Carré TICKETED- ticket link in event page
Featuring works from the upcoming AMO album Fall Leaves and Apple Trees that we recording at Pachyderm in January.
April 26th-29th: University of Minnesota Opera presents Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld TICKETED- link in event page
Four performances of a very fun opera, for which I will be playing trombone.
In addition to all my performances, Brass Lassie horns enter the studio in April and will be laying down our tracks for the forthcoming debut album. Look out for that in early-mid Summer!
Students, friends, family, and fans,
Summer is in the air and it’s time for an updated lesson schedule as well as info on upcoming gigs and performances!
If you are a student or a potential student, make sure to check out my Summer Schedule for lesson availabilities.
I also will keep my Performance Calendar updated as the summer goes on. Upcoming gigs include a stint on bass trombone with the Swing Sisterhood and Brass Lassie’s first summer show at the Normandale Lake Bandshell in Bloomington.
Brass Lassie will be very busy this summer, performing at the State Fair, the MN Irish Fair, and the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield! I hope you can make a performance.
I have a hot second here before spring semester really kicks into gear and I disappear under the weight of ‘getting a DMA’, so I thought I’d give you a few insights into what’s new in my world.
Yesterday I presented and performed at the BrassChix annual seminar, in the company of music greats like Takako Seimiya Senn, Melissa Williams, and Gail Williams, and it was, as always, an absolute joy to be a part of it. I had 11 trombonists in my session and loved working with one of them on her orchestral excerpts.
On January 9th, I performed selections from my 1st Doctoral Recital at St Louis Park Senior High School, to an audience of about 25 band students. They were a great audience and I hope to be back soon!
In upcoming news, I’ve scheduled my next recital for April 3rd at UMN and will be performing a program of diverse works, including the Nino Rota Concerto, Dutilleux’s Choral, Cadence, et Fugato, Barbara York’s A Caged Bird, the Wagenseil Alto Trombone Concerto, and John Kenny’s Fanfare. Stay tuned for more details. It will be live-streamed again.
My students are gearing up for solo/ensemble contest and All-State auditions, and a few are starting to think about college auditions. I’m so impressed the steps many of them took over winter break to practice and improve in all areas.
Keep an eye on this space for news from Brass Lassie, The Satellites, and Mill City Five. They all still exist- just hibernating, I promise!
I still have room in my scholarship budget for new students. If you are a low brass player who couldn’t otherwise afford lessons without financial assistance, but feel you would benefit from them, please visit my Scholarship Application page for details.
Well, friends, colleagues, and students,
School has started and I’m looking at a packed schedule on top of my already busy teaching and performing schedule! SO Monday recaps are going on a little vacation. Please don’t cry. I’ll still be posting here from time to time and I always keep my gig calendar updated.
Campaign wrap-up time!
(I’m leaving donations open for a little while longer in hopes that last $75 might sneak in, but this is the last you’ll hear from me until students start lessons)
Here are some 2016 Statistics I found interesting:
Campaign length: 1 month
# of Donors: 63
Repeat donors from 2015: 26
Members of my studio who donated: 6
Donation range: $5-$360
# of Countries represented: 4
Farthest away Donors: Melbourne, Australia (x2!)
Distance Donor shout-outs: Gothenburg, Sweden & Bangalore, India
Mood upon completing year 2: Grateful, excited, overwhelmed, amazed, loved, and ready to get to work.
Thank you all of you for making Year 2 a runaway success. Last year when I began the campaign, it was just a hunch. This year, I took a big risk doubling the donation ask, and worried it’d be too much. But I underestimated how much y’all value music education. Thank you, eternally, thank you.
Love and Low Brass,
Dearest supporters and friends of my recent scholarship campaign:
I’m pleased to announce that I have selected and begun lessons with my two scholarship students!
Alex B. is a senior at Fridley High school, a student of Mike Pearson. He’s been playing trombone for almost 8 years and also plays bass trombone and tuba. He hasn’t had lessons since he began band in middle school and is excited to learn more about technique and theory. He hopes to start classes at Anoka-Ramsey Community College next fall.
Paul B is Alex’s classmate at Fridley, in his junior year. He’s been playing for 6 years and has never had regular lessons. He also plays bass trombone in the school’s jazz band. He wants to know more about his instrument and the types of music he can use it for, as his musical palate is extremely varied. After high school he has plans to join the Air Force.
I’m really excited to see what these two do this year and what their progress will be! Thank you again for all your help in making this a reality.