BrassChix 2015

My dear friend Sarah Schmalenberger, who teaches horn at the University of St Thomas, is again putting on her yearly seminar for women and girls who play brass instruments. This year she’s doing things a little differently, partnering with the fine folks at Schmitt Music to do an equipment and technology day.

Check it out, it’s an awesome day of inspiring performances, networking, and above all, camaraderie for ladies who kick brass. 🙂

Brass Chix 2015

Level of Expectation

Good read, students! Remember that it’s not about how long you practice for, but what you accomplish.


Here’s one of my least favorite phrases:

Good enough

What that means to me is that it’s not as good as could be, and that it’s okay to settle for less than an optimal result.  I’m not okay with either thought.

Level of expectation can be a difficult topic of discussion, as everyone is in a different place.  So I will try to be as clear as possible.  There are many times when I’ve witnessed players of all levels finish a performance and say something like:

…but that’s not how I play.”

Here’s the truth:

That is how you play.

If you’re unhappy with your level of performance, it’s likely that you should be unhappy with your preparation.

Too often, people dutifully spend time in the practice room hacking away until it’s time to be done for the day.  When a performance comes around, they think the mindless…

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2015 and Beyond

As with almost every new year, I’ve found that initial drive to ‘do more’ with many aspects of my life: career, relationships, finances, health, etc. Of course like most folks it lasts a month or two and then it’s business as usual.

In 2015 I have a new motivator: For the first time in many years I find myself completely financially supported by my performance and teaching. I like this, I like it a lot, and I’m determined to keep it that way. It’s driven me to establish a weekly routine of tasks having to do with my business and my professional growth.

So what you’ll see hear is more weekly (at the least!) posts, updates to my studio content, and continuing additions to my Resources pages. I’ll add information about local and regional auditions and performance opportunities, how to prepare a college audition, tips for instrument care, and much more.

Plus I’ll continue to blog here about what’s on my mind, what I’ve discovered recently, and what’s new in the world of performance and education.

Here’s to 2015 being happy and productive for all of us!

Minnesota Youth Symphonies mid-season auditions

Students and Parents,

I recently received word that Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is looking for trombonists to audition for their Repertory Orchestra for the 2nd and 3rd trimester of their 2014-15 season.

Audition Requirements

Auditions will be held before November 15.

I currently have one student in MYS, starting his second year. I encourage all my students to seek extracurricular performance opportunities whenever possible!

Another great local youth orchestra is the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).

As always I am happy to help my students prepare for auditions!

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