Weekly Round-up 1/11/16

Hello all and welcome to 2016! This is the first weekly post of the year and I’m excited to share some new performances, information, and materials with you. Here goes!

Performances: Lots upcoming in January. As always I keep a calendar updated on this site.

Next Sunday, 1/17, 2pm- Winona Chamber Winds. One of my bucket list pieces, the Stravinsky Octet for Winds, is on this concert. If you can make the drive or will be in the area, I would love to see you!

Sunday, 1/24, 11-4 – BrassChix Annual Forum for women and girls who play brass instruments! I’m so excited to be a part of this again. I’ll be giving a trombone seminar in the morning and performing a movement of Red Dragonfly by Amy Mills in the afternoon.

Monday, 2/8 12pm- Hamline University Lunch Recital. More info to come! These are short, informal half-hour recitals and I am happy to be the featured artist for February.

Rehearsals: Prepping for WCW next weekend. Metro meets on Sunday the 17th.

Practicing: So there’s a lot on my plate this month. On top of the above performances I am also preparing for my audition to enter doctoral study at the U in the fall. That audition is February 6th. Luckily, I can recycle much of the material from other gigs.

Listening: Recently I’ve been sharing favorite recordings and performances of classical and art music with a friend. It’s taken me down a rabbit hole of orchestral music that has been refreshing.

But, also, David Bowie, thank you, Starman, for blowing our minds.

Teaching: Air is all you need. Let your line do the work.

Studying: Aspects of zen and Buddhist meditation.

Relaxing: Not going to be a lot of that this month, but I made a few New Year’s Resolutions, many of them focusing on getting out into the world more, and experiencing. Less screen time, more art, dance, music, friends, and life.


Women’s History Month Profile: Megumi Kanda

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



I wanted to be like those women, strong but elegant, and to make a path for other girl trombonists.

Tokyo native Megumi Kanda is one of the few women in the United States (or the world, for that matter!) to hold a trombone position in a major orchestra. She stole the scene at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2002, winning the audition so resolutely the committee bypassed the trial period generally reserved for new musicians.

She began playing trombone at the age of 10 in Japan and moved to the United States to study at Cleveland Institute of Music with James DeSano. Prior to winning her MSO gig she played with the Rochester and Albany orchestras.

Most recently composer Amy Riebs Mills wrote a piece for her called “Red Dragonfly”, using thematic elements from one of Ms Kanda’s favorite Japanese songs. She premiered the work in 2013 at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, Georgia.

She’s also performed as soloist in front of her own orchestra, and more information on that and her work so far can be found here: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/113082274.htmlmegum