An exciting summer and final year at MSU awaits!

An exciting summer and final year at MSU awaits!

I know it’s been a while since I updated by website. Really. I do. I could say I’ve been busy, but then again, who hasn’t?

With the semester wrapping up I wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on the year, and then look forward to next year as I take my final steps towards graduation and teaching music in the public schools.

This year I:

  • Served as a baritone Squad Leader in the Michigan State Spartan Marching Band
  • Conducted Bruegel – Dance Visions by Arthur Rubinstein (a piece for tuba, synthesizer, viola, cello, bass, percussion, and harp) on my good friend Jenny Chung’s tuba recital as my conducting debut
  • Learned the clarinet and violin
  • Spent a lot time with middle schoolers
  • Took the Instrumental (Band) Method course
  • Sang in Campus Choir and performed Polovtsian Dances by Borodin with the MSU Concert Orchestra. Have I mentioned I love singing in choir?

I am already excited for this summer and my last year at Michigan State. On the horizon are:

  • Five rounds of George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. Including the new location at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, Ohio-Wesleyan University in Ohio, University of North Carolina Charlotte in North Carolina, and finally West Chester University in Pennsylvania. What an outstanding opportunity to work with amazing teachers and amazing students for my third summer on staff.
  • My last year of Spartan Marching Band. I have had the tremendous opportunity to be elected Band President as well as selected to serve as baritone Section Leader and Squad Leader once again. I’m very excited to get to work (that has already begun!) and give even more back to an organization that has given me so much.
  • Take String Methods with Dr. Palac. I have really enjoyed increasing the breadth of my musical knowledge this year with two semesters focusing on the violin, and I look forward to increasing what I am comfortable teaching.
  • Student teaching in the fall. I am not sure where yet, but I am excited nevertheless to take this final step.

I hope to keep all of you updated through this summer!