Women’s History Month Profile: Jan Kagarice

March feature! Each week I will profile a different woman or women in music who are particular heroes or inspiration for me.

This week, please welcome to the stage

MS JAN KAGARICE!

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The goal of music is communication, not perfection.

Musician, scholar, pedagogue, force of nature, Jan Kagarice is senior lecturer of trombone at the University of North Texas. She’s taught and lectured all over the world, and was a founding member of internationally acclaimed trombone quartet PRISMA.

Jan’s teaching method focuses on methods garnered from greats like Arnold Jacobs and John Marcellus. She studies nearly everything having to do with how we learn to create a comprehensive approach. It’s all about the music, and what we say with our unique skills. 99.9% of what I tell my students comes from her. 100% of who I am as a performer is thanks to my time studying with her. It’s hard to put into words what my time at UNT meant to me, because I’m still processing so much of it. Needless to say, I wouldn’t still be working as a trombone player without the things I learned from Jan.

In addition to instilling these traits in her students, she also works with musicians affected by focal dystonia, a disorder that in the past has prevented many brass musicians from continuing their careers.

While a first-class performer herself, there’s not a lot to be found of her own recordings on the internet. What we do have, though, is a long and continuing legacy of her students whose performances speak to her enormous influence. Please enjoy my favorite trombone quartet, Maniacal 4, performing a piece written for Ms Kagarice, “Janet”.

 

Women’s History Month Profile: Lauren Veronie Curran

March feature! Each week I will profile a different woman or women in music who are particular heroes or inspiration for me.

This week, please welcome to the stage

MS LAUREN VERONIE CURRAN!

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Lauren Veronie Curran is cool not just because we share a name, or because we went to school together at North Texas. She’s cool because she’s following her dreams boldly and without apology. She’s cool because she rocks at euphonium and she wants to share it with you.

Lauren studied with Dr Brian Bowman at UNT, and in 2008 won a position in the US Army Field Band. Since taking the chair she has toured worldwide and performed to countless audiences, bringing her unique joy and energy for music to her listeners.

So far this month I’ve featured a jazz artist, an orchestral performer, and a solo artist/teacher. But for those looking for careers in music, you can often look no further than your country’s military bands. They offer competitive salary, benefits, and a chance to see the world and work with musicians at the top of their fields. Lauren’s career is a good example of what you can do with the Army behind you.

Her blog is insightful, inspirational, and hilarious. You should check it out.

Meanwhile, here’s Lauren performing “Midnight Euphonium” by Goff Richards, with her own US Army Field Band.