That's Not Spit, It's Condensation!

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“That’s Not Spit, It’s Condensation” is a weekly podcast with conversations and discussions about all things music. In it, we’ll peel back the layers of what makes great musicians great, hoping to inspire others to achieve their maximum potential.

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#66: Lynn Hileman

In this episode, Lynn Hileman and I discuss what being in flow state looks like for musicians.

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Bassoonist Lynn Hileman is dedicated to the performance of post-classical contemporary and experimental music, orchestral and chamber music, electronic music, and interdisciplinary works.

She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, the UK, and Latin America, appearing at such venues as the Festival Internacional de Sopros in Rio de Janeiro, the November Music and GLOW Festivals in the Netherlands, the Surround Festival in Brugge, Belgium, the Festival of Contemporary Art Music at Washington State University, and the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival.  She has also performed as a guest bassoonist with Clogs, Alarm Will Sound, and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble.  Lynn makes up one half of the bassoon duo Tuple, and is a member of the contemporary bassoon collectives Dark in the Song and the Rushes Ensemble.

Equally at home traditional repertoire, she is principal bassoonist of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and bassoonist with the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival.  She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse and New Haven Symphony Orchestras, and has been a frequent performer at the annual International Double Reed Society conference.

Hileman is currently Associate Professor of Bassoon at West Virginia University, where she also is co-director of the WVU Double Reed Ensemble and a member of the Laureate Wind Quintet.  She  holds degrees from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (BM), Yale University (MM), and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where she was awarded the Andrew G. Bogiages Memorial Prize in Bassoon in 2004. Her teachers include John Hunt, K. David Van Hoesen, Frank Morelli, Christopher Millard, and Richard Beene.

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Jul 01, 2020
#65: Lee Harrelson

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Lee Harrelson is a Professor of Music at Missouri Western State University. At Missouri Western, he serves as the Director of Instrumental Studies and instructor of low brass and chamber music. Dr. Harrelson attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied music education and music performance before completing his masters and doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Dr. Harrelson is the founder of the Fountain City Brass Band and currently serves as its artistic director and principal euphoniumist. The Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB) is one of America’s premiere brass and percussion ensembles and has been featured throughout the U.S. and Europe in concerts and competitions. The FCBB is currently the top-ranked brass band in the United States. Under Dr. Harrelson’s artistic leadership, the band has won eight North American Brass Band Association Championships, nine U.S. Open Brass Band Championships and one Scottish Open Brass Band Championship since it began competing in 2004. In 2011, All England International Brass Band Competition, as a member of the FCBB, Lee was named Best Instrumentalist; a first for an American at an English brass band competition. During his tenure, the FCBB has produced four commercial recordings, performed with countless world-class soloists and developed a youth brass program, the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy, that serves over 120 students per year.

Dedicated to furthering the brass band movement in America, Dr. Harrelson regular serves on the faculty of the North American Brass Band Summer School and in 2019, along with his wife Helen, founded the National Youth Brass Band of America.

In the fall of 2019, Dr. Harrelson was awarded the first-ever Visiting International Professor position with the world-famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band. In addition to working with and conducting the band, Dr. Harrelson was able to work closely with Professor David King, during preparations for the band’s appearances at the British Open Brass Band Championships (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) and the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (Royal Albert Hall, London).

Dr. Harrelson can be heard on numerous commercially released recordings and has appeared throughout North America and Europe as a clinician, soloist and chamber musician. Lee Harrelson is a Buffet Group/Besson Performing Artist.

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Jun 24, 2020
#64: Designing Your Own Fundamentals Routine

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In this episode, my lovely wife Kathleen Costello interviews me about the fundamentals routine programs that I've been writing for the past year. This was a fun discussion, and I hope it can help you start the process of designing your own programs as well!

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Jun 17, 2020
#63: Winning The Job: Jeremías Sergiani-Velázquez

Hailed as “accomplished in mechanism and style” (Buenos Aires Herald), Jeremías is a member of the violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 2019, and is building an intriguing musical life. His accomplishments began in his home country of Argentina, and have spread to the US, Europe, and Asia. A graduate from The Juilliard School, he has been awarded First Prize at the Argentinian Hebrew Foundation Competition and has soloed with the Teatro San Martín Youth National Symphony in Buenos Aires, the Córdoba National University Symphony and the New York Classical Players. While in New York, Jeremías has played at National Sawdust with Miranda Cuckson, and was a founding member of the New York-based Frisson Ensemble, a nine-people mixed chamber music group that performs in several chamber music series throughout the US and was featured in NPR’s Performance Today. He has also performed in numerous tours with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, at the Dresden Frauenkirche in Germany, with appearances on MediciTV, as well as at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada, among many other venues throughout the US; serving as principal second violinist in several occasions. Other engagements include a tour of Nepal and Japan as part of the “Music Sharing” International Community Engagement Program where he performed in a string quartet with acclaimed violinist Midori at the Oji Hall in Tokyo, Phoenix Hall in Osaka, United Nations in Kathmandu, as well as in multiple refugee camps, shelters, and areas affected by the earthquake throughout Nepal.

In the summer of 2019 he joined the Grant Park Symphony (currently serving a 1-year third chair position). He has also played as concertmaster of both the New York Classical Players and of the “Ensamble Invasión” in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jeremías has attended several summer programs including the Music at Menlo Chamber Music Festival: International Program; as well as the Aspen Music Festival where he collaborated in chamber music performances with Robert Chen and Edgar Meyer. He has also attended the Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, New York String Seminar Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Jeremías made his first solo appearances at the age of 10 with the Córdoba Youth Orchestra with which he toured several halls in Argentina. In 2009, he was invited to play at the inaugural concert of the “Por los Caminos del Vino” Festival, and in the inaugural concert of the 2010 Young Concert Series at Femusc Festival in Brazil where he met Miriam Fried, who encouraged him to study with her at the New England Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music with academic honors. He has performed at Jordan Hall in multiple occasions with his former quartet (winners of the NEC Honors Ensemble Competition) and with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, as well as performances at the Music for Food program, dedicated to raise funds for those in need in the Greater Boston area. Jeremías obtained his Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. He recently obtained a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, and Sylvia Rosenberg.

Jeremías is a recipient of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Fondo de Becas”, 2016 Teresa Gruneisen scholarships from the Argentine Mozarteum, the Ruth Katzman Scholarship, the Luria Foundation Scholarship, and the Mercantil Commercebank Scholarship.

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Jun 10, 2020
#62: Mastering Audio With Brandon Jochum

This episode is a bit of an episode within an episode. My mastering engineer Brandon Jochum takes us through the process of mastering a podcast episode while we mastered last weeks episode with Patrick Oliverio. I hope this is interesting and informative for you, and you're able to learn why the mastering process is important for high quality audio.

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Jun 03, 2020
#61: Recording Your Instrument With Patrick Oliverio

Patrick Oliverio is currently solo cornet with the Fountain City Brass Band, principal trumpet of the Northland Symphony Orchestra, and is an active clinician and private lessons instructor in the Kansas City metro area. 

He has had the pleasure of performing with ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. 

Patrick began his music education at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville which he attended for his undergraduate degree in trumpet performance. During his time in Fayetteville, Patrick had the pleasure of performing with The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Arkansas Philharmonic, and the Fulbright Brass Quintet. Some of his selected achievements include: winning 1st and 2nd place at the state and regional level of the MTNA Soloist competition and the International Trumpet Guild’s Scholarship Competition in 2011, 2012, and 2013. 

In 2013, Patrick moved to Kansas City with his wife Jennifer Oliverio and joined the award-winning group the Fountain City Brass Band. Since becoming full-time members, the FCBB have won their 7th US Open Competition and 5th North American Brass Band Championship. He also had the opportunity to tour with Fountain City to Gateshead, England in 2017 when they placed 2nd in Brass in Concert and 3rd in the Scottish Open Championship. 

In 2016, Patrick began his graduate studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. During his masters studies Patrick had the pleasure of playing in the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory Wind Symphony under the direction of Professor Steven D. Davis. Patrick was a member and a soloist of the Wind Symphony during their featured performance at the 2017 CBDNA conference in Kansas City. That same year Patrick placed 1st in the Graduate Solo Division of the National Trumpet Competition in Denver, Colorado.

In 2018, Patrick accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Michigan State University for his DMA studies. While at Michigan State Patrick has performed with the Beaumont Brass Quintet, Symphony Orchestra, and the Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Kevin Sedatole. 

Patrick has studied with phenomenal teachers such as Frank Campos, Ed Carroll, Justin Emerich, Dr. Richard Rulli, and Dr. Keith Benjamin.

Patrick is an endorsing artist for Bach Trumpets. 

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May 27, 2020
#60: David Rodgers

California native David Rodgers is one of the most exciting young talents in Nashville’s jazz scene today. Currently an active member of Keb’ Mo’s band as keyboardist and musical director, he has also toured or performed with musicians including Taj Mahal, Kirk Whalum, and Jeff Coffin worldwide at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival, among many others. David is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music (2017) where he pursued both classical and jazz piano performance, and also has a master’s degree in commercial composition and arranging from Belmont University (2019).

Combining his classical training with deep improvisational roots in both jazz and blues, he has won the 2018 Belmont University Concerto Competition, in which he won with his very own composition, “Concerto For Jazz Piano & Orchestra,” the 2016 Vanderbilt University’s Concerto Competition, as well as the 2016 James Miltenberger International Jazz Piano Competition. 

His compositions have been performed and recorded internationally, including guest appearances at the 2018 Jazz Education Network’s Young Composers Showcase where the U.S. Airmen of Note played his winning big band composition, as well as in Canada where he was invited as a guest artist to the Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. In addition to being an active Korg-endorsed artist, he was also a finalist for ROLI’s first-ever International Next Awards for which he was invited to London to perform as a soloist. 

He has released two genre-bending albums: Songs For A Generation (2017) and Doorways (2019).

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May 20, 2020
#59: Winning The Job: Brendan Fitzgerald

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A San Diego native and avid disc golfer, Brendan Fitzgerald joined the St. Louis Symphony in September 2019 after spending two seasons with the Seattle Symphony. During this time, he performed on numerous recording projects with Ludovic Morlot, including the recent commercial releases of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Cello Concerto, John Luther Adams’ Become Desert, and Berlioz’s Requiem.

Fitzgerald began his musical studies in elementary school on piano and trumpet before discovering the electric bass in eighth grade. He played in multiple punk, metal, and acoustic folk bands before deciding to devote himself more fully to the study of orchestral literature, studying with Travis Gore, a current member of the Seattle Symphony. After some time in the San Diego Youth Symphony, he attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a senior, before pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance at Northwestern University. In 2012, he enjoyed a revelatory summer at Domaine Forget, where he worked closely with renowned pedagogues Paul Ellison and David Allen Moore. He then attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2016 and 2017 as a fellowship recipient, performing alongside members of the Pittsburgh, Dallas, St. Louis, and San Francisco symphonies.

Fitzgerald’s strongest influence and mentor is his undergraduate teacher, Northwestern University bass professor Andy Raciti, with whom he had the honor to perform alongside as a frequent substitute musician with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is excited to begin work with Stepháne Denève and the rest of his SLSO colleagues, as well as enjoy the finest barbecue in the country.

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May 13, 2020
#58: Ryan Middagh

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Ryan Middagh is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Blair School. Middagh is an innovative educator, composer, arranger, saxophonist, band leader and clinician who has traveled the globe sharing his unique blend of talents and musical influences with audiences and music students. A passionate advocate for jazz education at all levels, he pursues creative programming and is devoted to reaching diverse communities through jazz.

An active jazz composer and arranger, Middagh has received numerous commissions from musicians and ensembles throughout the United States. He has written for numerous Grammy-winning artists, DownBeat award-winning educational ensembles, and his work has been recorded by prominent collegiate and professional ensembles. Some notable collaborations include arranging for Victor Wooten, Wycliffe Gordon, David Paich, Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and Middagh’s Blair School of Music colleague Jeff Coffin. Several of his works are published by UNC Jazz Press.

Equally skilled as a soloist, collaborator and band leader, Middagh performs at jazz festivals around the world, including tours and performances on behalf of the U.S. State Department. While at home, he is a top-call studio musician in Nashville and performs in a wide array of genres. Middagh has music directed, arranged and performed for two educational chamber concerts for the Nashville Symphony. In addition to leading his own jazz small groups, he has recently started the Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra, which features some of Nashville’s finest musicians and acts as a vehicle for his new compositions and arrangements. He has released two albums as a leader and is currently writing and recording his first professional big band project.

A scholar of jazz, Middagh has presented his research at multiple universities and conferences, hosted panel discussions on jazz composition and arranging, and presented at the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium. At Vanderbilt University he was the recipient of a 2017 Provost Research Studio Grant, and in 2018 received a Research Scholar Grant. Middagh is affiliate faculty for the Center for Latin American Studies.

Since Middagh's arrival at Blair in 2014, the school's jazz program has received national and international recognition, including invitations to the 2017 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans and performances overseas. In addition to creating a new jazz curriculum, Middagh has recruited an all-star jazz faculty and installed the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective as the Blair School’s jazz ensemble in residence. Guest performers have included Wycliffe Gordon, Rashawn Ross, Socrates Garcia, Vijay Iyer, Dave Liebman, Jim White, Chuck Owen, Dynamo and more.

Middagh pursues creative collaborations with the Blair School faculty and student ensembles; a product of which is the Blair Big Band’s first studio album, Such Sweet Thunder, which features Blair faculty Jeremy Wilson (trombone), Christina Watson (voice), Jerry Kimbrough (jazz guitar), Roger Spencer (jazz bass), Jeff Coffin (jazz saxophone), and also features Nashville jazz piano legend Beegie Adair.

Many of Middagh’s former students have successfully gone on to enter graduate music programs, win performance and composition competitions, and begin significant, fulfilling careers in the music industry in Nashville and around the world.

Middagh is an artist and clinician for Yamaha Saxophones and D’addario Reeds.

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May 06, 2020
#57: It Is Not The Critic Who Counts

This episode is about my thoughts on dealing with criticism. While I haven't dealt with people who are overtly rude or mean, I've had my fair share of people who have decided who I am, and nothing is going to change their mind. The good news for me is this: they aren't in the ring, so I don't have to worry about what they think! Check out the episode for more.

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Apr 29, 2020
#56: Michael Harper

In this episode, Michael Harper and I discuss a lip injury he sustained during his college education, and what his road back to healthy playing looked like.

Michael Harper joined the Jacksonville Symphony in January 2018 as 2nd trumpet. He has performed as a substitute musician with the Sydney Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (on baroque trumpet), New World Symphony, and Chicago Civic Orchestra. Mr. Harper has spent his summers as a member of the Tanglewood, Verbier, Lucerne, Aspen, NOI, AIMS, Chosen Vale, and Interlochen music festivals. He performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jahja Ling in April 2016, having won the school’s concerto competition the fall prior. He won first prize in the 2016 Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition brass division and second prize in the 2017 Edith Knox Performance Competition. In March 2010, Michael was featured on NPR’s From The Top with his trumpet trio, the only such ensemble to ever perform on the show.

Mr. Harper earned his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and in Music Theory at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, studying with Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Christopher Martin, and Robert Sullivan. He earned his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with Michael Sachs and Michael Miller. While studying at CIM, Mr. Harper also developed a strong interest and earned certificates in Eurhythmics Pedagogy and Early Music Performance; he began playing the baroque trumpet and performed in the Case Western Reserve University baroque orchestra and chamber groups. He earned a Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, studying with Jim Wilt. Michael was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and began his musical studies on the bugle at the age of eight, studying with his father. 

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Apr 22, 2020
#55: Tom Rolfs

Thomas Rolfs, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, began his career with the BSO in 1991 under Seiji Ozawa. He served first as 4th trumpet, and was later promoted by Ozawa to Associate Principal Trumpet. He was promoted to Principal Trumpet by James Levine. As a student, Mr. Rolfs was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1978, earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota, and received his master of music degree from Northwestern University. He returned to Minnesota for a five-year tenure with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Rolfs has performed with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing the posthorn solo in Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Dallas Symphony. At the request of John Williams, he was a featured soloist on the composer's Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning film Saving Private Ryan. He was also soloist in Williams's Summon the Heroes for the nationally televised Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade on July 4, 2001, under Keith Lockhart's direction. His varied performance background also includes appearances withthe National Brass Ensemble, Minnesota Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Empire Brass, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the American Ballet Orchestra. Rolfs is a founding member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, which is in residence at Boston University. As an educator, Rolfs has presented masterclasses throughout the world, including North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. He has served on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center since 1998, regularly coaches the New World Symphony, and teaches at both the New England Conservatory and Boston University.

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Apr 15, 2020
#54: We're Talking About (Organized) Practice

In this episode, we're diving into the benefits of organized practice. Specifically, how it can help develop discipline, lessen practice anxiety, and develop your own authority learning music.

Feel free to reach out if you're interested in working together to organize your practice!

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Apr 07, 2020
#53: How We're Dealing With Our Life Under Quarantine: Kathleen Costello And Ryan Beach

This episode is a departure from our regularly scheduled interview content. Kathleen Costello and I wanted to share what we're doing during this quarantine to try and stay safe, healthy, and happy. Some things have worked, others have not.

Find beauty, connect with others, and hang in there.

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Apr 01, 2020
#52: Freeway Philharmonic: Eric Yates

Eric Yates serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Alabama School of Music, principal trumpet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, first trumpet of the Alabama Brass Quintet, and a founding member of the internationally-touring Fortress Brass

Yates is also an in-demand soloist and clinician and has appeared throughout the United States and the world as a soloist, ensemble member, and teacher. He has performed in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Cuba, the Republic of Georgia, and numerous times in Russia where he has presented master classes and recitals at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories five times since 2009. He has also appeared at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba; the American University of Rome, Italy; the Tbilisi State Conservatory in Georgia; and at numerous institutions in the U.S., including Emory University, Furman University, the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, Western Carolina University, Northwestern University, and many others.

He has hosted the large regional trumpet conference the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast at the University of Alabama three times and serves on its board of directors, and he has judged several years at the National Trumpet Competition. He was awarded the Best Cornet Player of the 2006 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships; toured with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City, MO; and served two years as Principal Solo Cornet of the Prairie Brass Band of Arlington Heights, IL. In 2012, he and four other university brass professors from around the United States formed the Fortress Brass, a quintet which has engaged in numerous tours in the U.S. and abroad.

Before his appointment at The University of Alabama in 2007, Dr. Yates was an active performer in the Chicago area as principal trumpet of the Northbrook Symphony, co-principal trumpet of the Chicago Brass Choir, and a faculty member of the Lake Forest College Department of Music and Wright City College Department of Fine Arts in Chicago. His performance career has included engagements with numerous professional orchestras in the United States, including the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, and he performs regularly with the Alabama (Birmingham) Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Yates’s trumpet performance skills and experience encompass all aspects of classical trumpet and cornet playing, from modern symphonic, chamber, and solo work to authentic period performance on historic natural trumpets. He earned his Doctor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, and his principal teachers include Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz, and Gary Armstrong.

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Mar 25, 2020
#51: Ben Wright

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Benjamin Wright enjoys a varied career, performing as a member of the Boston Symphony, as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaching. Wright joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in July 2002 as fourth trumpet. From 2006 to 2009, he was acting assistant principal trumpet of the BSO, and in 2010 became second trumpet.
Wright began playing the violin at age three, and the trumpet when he was ten. He hails from a long line of musicians going back to his great-grandfather, a bandleader and cornetist in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Wright studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his bachelor’s in music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1996 Wright won the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet competitions, as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Bernard Adelstein Prize for trumpet performance upon graduating in 1997.
Following two years as a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Wright spent two years as fourth trumpet in the Chicago Symphony. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His appearances as guest principal trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony included performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.
Benjamin Wright has given masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, Yale, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Arizona, Temple University, Mannes, SMU, Baylor, Yale, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has been a guest faculty member for the Bar Harbor Brass Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, and, since 2003, faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center.
His students have performed as members of the Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Sarasota, and Seattle Symphonies, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and orchestras in Asia.
Mr. Wright is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Mar 18, 2020
#50: Winning The Job: Ryan Roberts

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Noted for his “beautiful”, “eloquent” and “exquisite” playing by the New York Times, Ryan Roberts is the newly appointed English horn/Oboe of the New York Philharmonic. Ryan has performed with many of the country's leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Ft. Worth Symphony. An award-winning oboist, Ryan received first prize at the International Double Reed Society's 2018 Young Artist Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters' 2018 Woodwind Competition. Before joining the Philharmonic, Ryan spent one season as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. Ryan recently premiered Michael Torke’s Oboe Concertino with the Albany Symphony and recorded the work for Albany Records. An avid chamber musician, Ryan performs at the Marlboro Music Festival during the summer under artistic directors Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss; he has also collaborated in recitals with the Pacifica Quartet and Emanuel Ax.

As a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard school, Ryan studied with Elaine Douvas and appeared frequently as principal oboist of the Juilliard Orchestra. Ryan has been a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar and spent three summers as the oboe fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2016, Ryan was featured as a recital soloist aboard the Crystal “Symphony" cruise line touring Portugal, Spain, France and England.

Ryan has studied piano since age 5 and made his concerto debut at age 11. When he isn’t busy making reeds, Ryan enjoys practicing piano and running with his retired racing Whippet named Malley.

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Mar 11, 2020
#49: Nick Laufer

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Trombonist Nick Laufer is an eclectic musician with experiences ranging across a wide array of musical styles. His enthusiasm and experience reaches from early Baroque to contemporary, from rock and jazz to Latin. Best known for his lead work in the professional trombone quartet Maniacal 4, Nick has performed hundreds of concerts in venues around the world. He also tours with country music superstar Toby Keith and he can play a mean sackbut, with engagements that include performances at the internationally-renowned Boston Early Music Festival. Acclaimed for his lyrical style and warm, burnished tone, Nick’s playing can be heard on numerous recordings and streaming platforms, and multiple television appearances include “CBS Late Night with Stephen Colbert”, “CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party”, “The 45th Presidential Inauguration”, “CMT Awards” and “ACM Honors.” 

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Nick is a graduate of the University of North Texas. In the fall of 2019, Nick joined the faculty at the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music as the Adjunct Artist Teacher of Trombone. He is the primary trombone instructor in  Blair’s Precollege and adult program, The Blair  Academy at Vanderbilt as well as Vanderbilt students who take elective trombone lessons as a part of a music minor and/or secondary major, including jazz. 

He currently lives in Nashville and when he’s not playing trombone, enjoys spending time with his wife and two french bulldogs, drinking coffee and indulging in his perfect breakfast creations. Current endorsements include Buffet Group USA, Antoine Courtois Paris Trombones, Dansr, Inc., and Denis Wick, London

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Mar 04, 2020
#48: Freeway Philharmonic: Will Hutchinson

Will Hutchinson is a singer/guitarist who is best know for his unique voice, original music, and his combination of fingerstyle and rhythm guitar playing. For the last three years he has made many wonderful relationships with event hosts by providing exceptional music services, dependability, and communication. In addition to writing award winning songs of his own, Will appreciates the value of popular music and its ability to bring people together.

For this reason will has learned many popular songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today that people of all ages remember and recognize. Some of Will's favorite artists to cover from oldies through today are Elvis Presley, Etta James, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Band, John Denver, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Oasis, Prince, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Adele and even a few acoustic renditions by OutKast, Gnarles Barkely, and Bruno Mars.

The nice thing about a good song with great melodies, lyrics, and chord changes is that they sound great in any context. Will prides himself on making each song he covers feel like his own and puts his own stylistic singing and guitar embellishments behind each song. Therefore, whether will is playing a country song, classic rock song, or R&B cover it is going to sound like him.

Notable performances: In the last 3 years, Will has been hired as a featured performer at the Nebraska Arts Council Art Chat conference, has provided music for Flatwater Shakespeare's production company, has been featured in the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Music Series, Lincoln Exposed Music Festival, and Lincoln Calling Festival. On the national front he has been a showcasing artist at the Midwest Takeover Showcase in Austin, TX during SXSW, Nebraska Featured artist showcase at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, as well as regional and national shows including the famed Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Will has also had the opportunity to appeared twice On Air on Nebraska Entertainment Television, ON AIR on KZUM 89.3FM(Lincoln), as well as providing music for TedEx Lincoln. Since becoming a full-time musician in 2016, will has had over 300 public and private performances.

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Feb 26, 2020
#47: Tom Siders

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Thomas Siders joined the BSO as Assistant Principal Trumpet in January 2010 and was promoted to Associate Principal Trumpet in 2015.  He is currently a member of the trumpet faculties at The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and New England Conservatory.  An active clinician, Mr. Siders has presented masterclasses at The Boston Conservatory, Louisiana State University, Miami University (OH), New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, and Rice University.  Mr. Siders received degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University, where he studied with Ray Sasaki and Marie Speziale, respectively.  Prior to his appointment to the BSO, Mr. Siders was a New World Symphony Fellow. He was also a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 2008 and 2009.

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Feb 19, 2020
#46: Winning The Job: Tom Fleming

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Prior to joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Tom Fleming has performed in North and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. Having earned degrees from Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music, he was also a fellow at the New World Symphony. He has performed as concerto soloist in various venues, most notably Alice Tully Hall in New York City. His orchestral career has included engagements with the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fleming has participated in numerous summer festivals, such as the Bellingham Festival of Music, Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. As an alumnus of the high school conservatory at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he studied with the late Mark Popkin. During his college years, Fleming continued bassoon studies with Patricia Rogers, Frank Morelli and Sue Heineman.

Fleming plays a custom bassoon built by Benson Bell of Ontario, Canada.

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Feb 12, 2020
#45: Jeremy Wilson

In this episode, Jeremy Wilson and I discuss his Body, Mind, Spirit project, what the study of music is really all about, winning the job the Vienna Philharmonic, leaving that job and starting his current job with Vanderbilt, and more.

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During his tenure in Vienna (2007-2012), Wilson performed hundreds of orchestral concerts at home and in 28 countries around the globe under the batons of the world’s leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst. At the Vienna State Opera, he played over 550 performances of 85 different operas and ballets, including five complete Wagner “Ring” cycles. He had the honor of performing with some of the greatest opera singers of our time, including Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, and his artistry is documented on numerous recordings.

A native of Tennessee, Wilson returned to his home state in 2012 to fulfill his long-time passion for teaching and devote more time to his young family. He accepted a full-time teaching position at Vanderbilt University but continued a busy performance schedule as well. During the 2013-14 arts season, he served as guest principal trombonist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed on several occasions with the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the special invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.

In addition to his versatility as an orchestral player, Wilson is highly sought as a soloist and chamber musician. The winner of numerous solo competitions, he has been featured in concerto performances and solo recitals in venues across the country. As a chamber artist, he has performed with a range of brass ensembles, including Tri-Star Brass, Maniacal 4, and the award-winning trombone quartet from the University of North Texas, and he is a regular member of the Blair Brass Quintet, composed of Vanderbilt faculty. With his keen affinity for jazz, Wilson also was a member of the University of North Texas’s famed One O’Clock Lab Band, the University of Tennessee’s award-winning  ensemble Tennessee Trombonery, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. He recently released his debut album titled Perspectives.

Highly respected as a dedicated teacher and clinician, Wilson has given masterclasses and lectures around the United States. He has been a featured guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, and the Trombones de Costa Rica Festival. His students have been finalists for several domestic and international competitions and have participated in many prestigious summer festivals. Wilson currently  serves on the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate, is faculty advisor for the Pi Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is Music Director and Faculty Advisor of the Commodore Orchestra, a Vanderbilt campus orchestra comprised mainly of non-music majors. He recently received the Blair School's Faculty Excellence Award.

Wilson started studying music in the sixth grade, becoming a serious student of the trombone in high school. In college, he double-majored in music education and performance at the University of Tennessee, where he was a Presser Scholar, before getting a Master of Music at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2011. His teachers have included Don Hough, Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Tom Lundberg.

Wilson currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Kristi and their three children.

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Feb 05, 2020
#44: Freeway Philharmonic: Kathleen Costello

In this episode, Kathleen Costello and I discuss all things chamber music related. From starting a group, how to pick new and innovative projects, and the challenges of doing it all yourself; if you are interested in starting a chamber music group, this episode is a must listen!

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Kathleen Costello has served as Principal Clarinet with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Since joining the orchestra she has appeared as soloist with the renowned clarinetist David Shifrin, in addition to appearing as soloist in a variety of formats, including Steve Reich’s NY Counterpoint, a performance which was regarded as “flawlessly executed” by ARTS bham. 

Committed to both new music and innovation in the arts, Kathleen continues to spend time in Pittsburgh performing as a founding member of the ensemble IonSound Project. Dedicated to commissioning works of new music and collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, IonSound Project has received critical acclaim for their original programming, fresh approach to contemporary music, and commitment to the city of Pittsburgh. In addition to commissioning dozens of compositions, IonSound has premiered more than 80 works by 20th and 21st century composers. The group has a recording of the chamber music of Jeremy Beck on the Innova label, and has recently recorded a disc of works by Philip Thompson featuring a bonus disc of multimedia collaborations commissioned by IonSound. 

Prior to her tenure with the ASO Kathleen has held positions with the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs Colorado. She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, and the Renaissance City Winds. 

Kathleen holds a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University where she studied with Ron Samuels, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University where she was a student of Russell Dagon. She has also studied with the former Second and Eb clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Dan Johnston. 

Over the past few years Kathleen has rekindled her love for drawing and portraiture. With preferred mediums of charcoal and colored pencil, she has explored a variety of subject matter including music related material. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two children.

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Jan 29, 2020
#43: BONUS: Waldorf Education with Dr. Lisa Grupe

This episode is a little different than the others in that I'm not actually interviewing a musician for this episode. Instead, I interviewed Dr. Lisa Grupe, the faculty director at that Alabama Waldorf School, the school that my children attend. I had never heard of this education prior to being a part of this family, so I thought it would be important to create a resource for others to learn exactly how amazing this method of education is.

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Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and joined AWS faculty first as a kindergarten teacher. She completed her Waldorf Grades certification in 2003 and graduated a Grades class in May of 2009. In April of 2009, Dr. Grupe completed the Waldorf Administrative Certification program a year after starting as the School Administrator in 2010.

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Jan 22, 2020
#42: Michael Martin

Michael Martin, born August 9, 1985 in Marietta, Georgia, became the youngest member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as Third/Utility trumpet in July 2010, at the age of 24. Michael attended Northwestern University where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Trumpet Performance studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Michael performed with a diverse array of professional orchestras, ensembles and performing artists including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago; the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago symphonies; the Axiom Brass; the Pacifica Quartet; “eighth blackbird”; and Sufjan Stevens. With the Boston Symphony, Michael can be heard on several upcoming albums with Music Director Andris Nelsons, including the GRAMMY-winning album, "Under Stalin's Shadow", releasing later this year.

Michael has long been devoted to both performing and creating music at the highest artistic level and has become an extremely sought-after musician in both disciplines, forging a unique niche within the world of professional music. After completing his studies at Northwestern University, Michael was invited to study doctoral-level orchestration at the University of Chicago with renowned conductor and composer, Cliff Colnot. Michael has collaborated with and been commissioned by members of the Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago Symphonies; the Boston Pops; the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the Chicago Chamber Musicians; the Northshore Concert Band; the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra; Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble; as well as numerous high school concert band programs around the country including Avon HS (IN), Clear Creek HS (TX), Flower Mound HS (TX), Kell HS (GA), Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), and North Hardin HS (TN). Michael is also the Brass Arranger for the seven-time DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois.

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Jan 15, 2020
#41: Winning The Job: Haley Bangs

Haley Bangs, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the Assistant Principal and Second Flute of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.  She previously served as Principal Flute of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestras.

In addition to her performing career, Haley is a passionate educator. Her teaching career began as a flute instructor for Holland Music Studios in Rochester, NY in 2008. She also served as a group flute and oboe instructor for the Eastman School of Music’s New Horizons Band.  During the summer of 2009, she was a teaching assistant for the Seattle Youth Symphony’s summer music program, the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival.  From 2015-2017, Haley was the teaching assistant for the flute studio of Bonita Boyd at the Eastman School of Music, where she taught flute lessons and led studio classes for students of both the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester. During her doctoral residency at the Eastman School of Music, Haley was a flute instructor for the Eastman Community Music School. She has also served as a teaching artist for the Very Young Composers’ Seminar, an educational program founded by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Haley is a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2009. While performing in the U.S. Navy Band from 2009-2015, she was able to continue her graduate studies at the Catholic University of America and received her Master of Music Degree in 2015. 

During her free time, Haley can be found taking care of her two dogs, Annie and Daisy, and enjoying the outdoors as much as she can. She is also an avid skier and scuba diver.

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Jan 08, 2020
#40: Karen Cubides

Karen Cubides is a marketing/management consultant, educator, and professional saxophonist based in Nashville, TN. A multifaceted musician and arts entrepreneur, she is dedicated to bringing young musical artists the attention they deserve while providing them with personalized services and representation. A certified life coach focusing on goal setting, emotional intelligence, and neuro-linguistic programming, Cubides prides herself in cultivating real relationships with her clients to best understand their needs. Her insights into the intricacies of the music business world and what it takes to establish a promising professional career has connected her with many of the East Coast’s finest artistic talents.

As CEO of Cubides Artist Services, Cubides works with a stable roster of talented professional instrumentalists and is a frequent lecturer on arts marketing and branding. She currently founded an Emerging Artist Seminar, a reflection of one of her most ardent passions – to help up-and-coming performers navigate the tricky transition from student musician to professional artist. Cubides also serves as the Marketing Director of Fifth House Ensemble, using her marketing and branding expertise to share the chamber ensemble’s unique vision to collaborate with diverse communities, theater groups, folk bands, and emerging composers and performers.

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Jan 01, 2020
#39: My First Year Of Podcasting Recap

In this episode, we'll reflect on finishing one full year of podcasting. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling years of my life, and this podcast is absolutely the genesis of much of the good I've experienced. I begin by talking about why I started the podcast, the struggles at the beginning of the process (I even include a clip of the very first thing I ever recorded), and talk about how in order to get better at doing something, you have to actually start doing it. The connections I've made through the podcast are ones that I never would have made without this project as well. I hope you enjoy listening to my reflection of the first year of "That's Not Spit, It's Condensation!"

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Dec 15, 2019
#38: Freeway Philharmonic: Jared Rodin

Jared Rodin came to Indiana from Chicago, were he had been a student of Frank Crisafulli and Arnold Jacobs to earn the MM degree from Indiana University studying with Keith Brown and Lewis Van Haney. He earned his BM from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale under the tutelage of Gene Stiman and Mel Jernigan of the St. Louis Symphony.

Active as a clinician and soloist, Jared has commissioned and premiered many works for the bass trombone including "Morph"(1993 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra) by Ken Kugler, "Concerto"(1998) by Frank Glover, "Beneath The Surface"(1997) by Steve Allee and another "Concerto"(1998) by Stan Adams. Jared has presented three concerts of music for trombone and strings with the Indianapolis String Quartet at the the Indianapolis Arts Garden. He has been soloist and clinician at Cincinnati College-Conservatory, University of New Mexico and the Hochscule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany and directed three masterclasses at the Northwestern University School of Music this past spring.

A faculty member of The International Trombone Camp, held annually in the province of Cuneo, Italy, Jared has performed as Guest Artist in recital and with notable trombonists Joe Alessi, Ron Barron, Michael Mulcahy and Charles Vernon. Additional works have been premiered in Europe including "Remembrance" and "Welcome to the Skeleton Circus" by Frank Glover, and others with the "Seraphim Trombone Quartet" at the A-DEvantgarde Festival in Munich, Germany.

Principal Trombonist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Jared is a frequent guest of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras including the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and the symphonies of Marion, Muncie and Anderson. This past winter he invited to perform with Chicago's famed "Music of the Baroque". He was also bass trombonist with the Italian National Radio Orchestra of Turin, Italy for two seasons.

A versatile musician, Jared has performed with artists diverse as Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, jazz trombonists Slide Hampton and Kai Winding, "The Who", and toured the US and Canada with entertainers Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and Perry Como. Familiar with the orchestra pit, Jared has played hundreds of Broadway shows, opera and ballet in Indianapolis. As a recording artist, Jared has performed on numerous big band recordings, twice having been featured soloist.

Jared is Instructor of Trombone at Butler University, having held similar positions at Ball State and Purdue Universities.

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Dec 08, 2019
#37: Paul Huang

Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. The Washington Post proclaimed Mr. Huang as "an artist with the goods for a significant career" following his recital debut at the Kennedy Center.

This summer, Mr. Huang made highly acclaimed debut at Bravo!Vail Music Festival stepping in for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in the Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 with Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. Recent and forthcoming engagements include his recital debut at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Aspen Music Festival, as well as appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev (St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival), Berliner Symphoniker with Lior Shambadal (Philharmonie Berlin debut), Detroit Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, Houston Symphony with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Orchestra of St. Luke's with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Seoul Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony and Grant Park Festival Orchestra with Markus Stenz, North Carolina Symphony and Charlotte Symphony with Gemma New, Buffalo Philharmonic with JoAnn Falletta, Pacific Symphony with Carl St. Clair, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan with ShaoChia Lu and the Taipei Symphony with Jahja Ling (both in Taipei and on a U.S. tour). 2019-20 season will also see Mr. Huang giving the German premiere of Tan Dun’s Violin Concerto “Fire Ritual” with the Nuremberg Symphony with Kahchun Wong and appearances in the U.S. with the Tucson Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Brevard Symphony, and Mobile Symphony.

Recital and chamber music performances this season will include Mr. Huang’s recital debut for People’s Symphony Concerts in New York, a recital tour across North America and Taiwan with pianist Helen Huang, as well as his debut at the Wolf Trap in Washington D.C. He will also return to Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for three separate tours in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East.

Mr. Huang's recent recital engagements included Lincoln Center's "Great Performers" series and return engagement at the Kennedy Center where he premiered Conrad Tao's "Threads of Contact" for Violin and Piano during his recital evening with pianist Orion Weiss. He also stepped in for Midori with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony to critical acclaim. Mr. Huang has also made debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Louvre in Paris.

His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces released on the CHIMEI label. In association with Camerata Pacifica, he recorded "Four Songs of Solitude" for solo violin on their album of John Harbison works. The album was released on the Harmonia Mundi label in fall 2014.

A frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide, he has performed at the Seattle, Music@Menlo, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Moritzburg, Kissinger Sommer, Sion, Orford Musique, and the PyeongChang Music Festival in Korea. His chamber music collaborators have included Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Nobuko Imai, Mischa Maisky, Jian Wang, Frans Helmerson, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, and Marc-Andre Hamelin.

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Dec 01, 2019
#36: Freeway Philharmonic: Jennifer Marotta

Jennifer Marotta is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. An active freelance musician based in Los Angeles, she regularly performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the St. Louis Symphony.

Marotta is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. She was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2001 to 2005.

Originally from Naperville, Illinois, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University.

Marotta was a visiting trumpet professor at UCLA in 2016 and was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University from 2006 to 2012. She was also a visiting professor at Illinois State University in 2006 and was an artist-in-residence at Emory University from 2006 to 2010.

Jennifer, along with her husband Thomas Hooten, is the most recent editor for Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet, published by Carl Fischer. She serves on the board for the International Women’s Brass Conference and is the editor for their bi-annual newsletter.

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Nov 15, 2019
#35: Winning the Job: Aubrey Foard and Nick Platoff
Nov 08, 2019
#34: Terry Rush

Terry R. Rush just retired from 35 years as a high school orchestra, band and jazz band instructor. His last position was Instrumental Music Director at Lincoln Southwest High School. He was the Director of Instrumental Music at Lincoln High School for twenty-five years. His groups have traveled to Florida, Colorado, California, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and London, England as well as performing at the State Bandmasters Association State Convention numerous times. Prior to teaching at Lincoln High School, Mr. Rush taught at Pius X High School for five years. He has been a member of the Lincoln Symphony for 40 seasons and the Lincoln Municipal Band for 42 years serving as principal trombone as well as guest soloist. In 2001 Mr. Rush was appointed Assistant Director of the Lincoln Municipal Band. In 2002 he was appointed Assistant Music Director of the Lincoln Youth Symphony which has traveled to China, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy during his tenure.

Mr. Rush serves as a low brass, jazz, marching and concert band clinician, has directed several conference honor bands as well as an adjudicator and guest soloist throughout the Midwest and has adjudicated for the Youth Music of the World International Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra Festival in Maastricht Holland in April of 1999. Mr. Rush was recently appointed by Youth Music of the World as Executive Director of the Nebraska All Star Band for the annual London New Years Day Parade and Executive Director of the Nebraska Honor Chamber Orchestra to participate in the annual London New Years Day Parade and Music Festival.

Mr. Rush is a past officer on the board of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. He is a past winner of the Donald A. Lenz Outstanding Nebraska Bandmaster, recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation National Legion of Honor Award and the Nebraska National Guard Medal of Freedom for his support to military music programs. Mr. Rush is the 2010 recipient of the Lincoln Symphony Golden Baton Award.

Mr. Rush and his wife Jacqueline, also a band director with Lincoln Public Schools, have three children, Ben, a Computer Developer and Programmer, Stacey, recently out of the United States Army Music program and Rob, an Iraqi Veteran stationed at Fort Benning, GA with the United States Army.

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Nov 01, 2019
#33: Jena Vangjel

In this episode, Jena Vangjel tells me the story of how she was forced to take a month off of practicing the trumpet because she had to have her thyroid removed. Jena and I dig down deep to find out what lessons she learned from taking so much time off, and what we all can learn from her.

Jena Vangjel, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a freelance trumpeter in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. She has performed with the New World Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. She is incredibly passionate about how music can create community, and works extensively with Street Symphony—a Los Angeles-based non-profit that brings high-level classical performances to the city’s most underserved citizens. Vangjel is a founding member of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet and is a member of the internationally acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band. She holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from The Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. 

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Oct 22, 2019
#32: The 3 F's Of Orchestral Success

In this episode, we are going to discuss three things that I believe are essential to being successful as an orchestral musician: flexibility, focus, and fun. I chose these topics as ones that aren't as often discussed as things like being prepared, being on time, etc.

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

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Oct 15, 2019
#31: Freeway Philharmonic: Jamie Whitmarsh

In this episode, I speak with Jamie Whitmarsh, a freelance percussionist and composer in the Oklahoma City area. He discuss building a freelance career, as well as how to start your own large ensemble, and the challenges associated with that.

Here are some links Jamie gave me to share:

Composer Diversity Database

A fantastic tool to discover new music. There are so many new pieces out there that could change your life, this is one way to find some of them. You can search for pretty much anyone who isn’t a straight, white male, and select different instrumentation or genres.

New Music Box

This is a great way to stay plugged into the modern world of music. So many great articles are written, with lively discussions in the comments. 

Oklahoma Modern Music Collective

OKMMC is dedicated to bringing the music of OUR time to audiences everywhere. We believe that the music being written now can be accessible, relevant, and relatable to everyone. Several ensembles are part of this - Duo Rodinia (clarinet and percussion), Great Plains Percussion Group (percussion collective), nu (recording chamber group), and the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra. 

New Music Engine

This is a great platform for composers to find new opportunities or for performers to host calls for scores/competitions. OKMMC worked with them on multiple calls for scores, and they have been incredibly helpful. 

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Oct 08, 2019
#30: Jay Evans

In this episode, we're talking with Jay Evans, the principal trombonist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. We talk about the Grand Teton Music Festival, training for an triathlon event, what setting personal records in his musical practice, and much more. I hope you enjoy the episode!

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

Jay Evans is currently Principal Trombonist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since October, 2000. As soloist, Jay has performed in numerous concerts including Jim Pugh's Concerto for Trombone and Nino Rota's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.  He was also featured in a memorable concert with Olivia Newton-John and the ASO, performing on the Australian Aboriginal instrument, the Didgeridoo.

Spending his early years in Iowa, Jay's parents were tremendously supportive of his music studies.  His father, a former tuba player, would humbly quote "...and I modestly took my place as the only and only bass, and I oompahed up and down the square" in reference to his being the only tubist of the Mason City High School band, inspiring Meredith Willson, while visiting, to include these lyrics in his musical, "The Music Man."

Jay received a Bachelor of Music degree at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, while holding the position of Principal Trombone of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He later received a Master of Music degree from North Texas State University, during which time he performed with the Dallas Cowboys Band.  He later moved to New York City to perform monthly with the National Orchestral Association in Carnegie Hall, and frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony, New York City Opera National Company, the Springfield (MA) Symphony and Miss Saigon on Broadway.

As a Fellow in Trombone at the Tanglewood Music Center, Jay performed with notable conductors Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Jeffrey Tate.  He was also a participant at the Spoleto Festival Due dei Monde in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, SC.  Jay toured extensively throughout North America, Japan and Australia with the broadway production of, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert, starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman.  And as a member of the highly acclaimed, 'Dallas Brass', Jay performed throughout the United States.  Special appearances included solos with the New York Pops with Skitch Henderson in Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Pops with Peter Nero and the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel conducting.

Before settling in Alabama, Jay held positions with The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Grant Park Orchestra.  He still returns regularly to perform with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and spends summers as a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Jay Evans is currently a Low Brass Instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, the University of Montevallo, and UAB, and maintains an active private teaching studio. He is a Shires Instruments Artist/Clinician.


Oct 01, 2019
#29: Carlos Izcary: Part 3

In this episode, Carlos answers the question "What is an orchestra's role in serving the community it is in?" In my journey to find out why musicians think classical music is relevant and important, Carlos' answer provides some important insight and wisdom as to why a community should care about having a symphony orchestra as part of it's culture.

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

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Carlos Izcaray is Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and of the American Youth Symphony. Praised by the international press as inspiring, spirited and conducting with nuanced sensitivity, he has appeared with numerous ensembles across five continents and is now firmly established as one of the leading conductors of his generation. Throughout his career Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while also championing a historically informed approach.

On the symphonic platform he is leading ensembles such as the Pacific, St. Louis, North Carolina, Grand Rapids and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orchestra Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Macedonian Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, among others. Izcaray’s latest recording, ‘Through the Lens of Time’, featuring Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and violinist Francisco Fullana, was released in March 2018 on the Orchid Classics label, and has garnered widespread attention and praise.

Izcaray is equally at home with opera repertoire, receiving rave reviews for his performances at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha, International Opera Festival Alejandro Granda in Peru, and in particular at the Wexford Festival Opera, where he has led many productions since the opening of Ireland’s National Opera House. His 2010 performances of Virginia by Mercadante won the Best Opera prize at the Irish Theatre Awards.

A strong believer of supporting the younger generations, Izcaray has worked extensively with the world’s top talents and leading music institutions, including his country’s own El Sistema. In 2014 he led a tour of the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, and he has additionally worked with the Fundación Batuta, Neojiba in Brazil, London Schools Symphony Orchestra, and Cambridge University Music Society, where he has also taught conducting workshops. Following a project at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in summer 2015 he returned there for a performance with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Building on his passion for music education, he became the Music Director of the American Youth Symphony in autumn 2016.

A distinguished instrumentalist himself, Izcaray has featured as concert soloist and chamber musician worldwide, and served as Principal Cello and Artistic President of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra prior to dedicating his career fully to the podium. Increasingly active as a composer, Izcaray’s orchestral work Cota Mil was premiered by the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas. April 2018 saw the premiere of his Strike Fugaz by the American Youth Symphony, commissioned in association with the Human Rights Watch to commemorate, and celebrate, the campaign for worldwide social justice, equality and freedom - a cause for which Izcaray is a proud and committed advocate. Izcaray’s Cello Concerto receives its world premiere in January 2020, and is performed by Santiago Cañón Valencia and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra u

Sep 22, 2019
#28: Discipline For A Better Future

In this episode, we're going to discuss how discipline can be beneficial in our lives, using fun quotes to make it less horrible to talk about.

Here are the quotes:
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment" - Jim Rohn

"Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly" - Julie Andrews

"A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering." - the current Dalai Lama

"No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself" - Henry Ward Beecher
"One discipline always leads to another" - Jim Rohn

"You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them" - Rumi

"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility to change them" - Dennis Waitley

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there. You must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Sep 15, 2019
#27: Winning the Job: Mark Maliniak and Jaclyn Rainey

Mark Maliniak joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Fourth/Utility Trumpet in September 2018. Mr. Maliniak has toured both nationally and internationally with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic. He has appeared regularly as guest principal trumpet with the Detroit Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Tucson Symphony, where he was also a featured soloist. Mr. Maliniak has also performed with the Kansas City Symphony, New World Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony and has recorded with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and Utah Symphony.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Maliniak received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music as a student of Jack Sutte and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Michael Sachs. He has had additional studies with Jack Brndiar, Michael Miller, and Lyle Steelman. Mr. Maliniak has attended the Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Verbier Festival and Tanglewood Music Center, where he was the recipient of the Roger Voisin Trumpet Award. Mark Maliniak is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.

Jaclyn Rainey was appointed Associate Principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2018. Prior to her appointment Ms. Rainey served as Third horn with the Atlanta Symphony for four seasons, Acting Principal horn with the Naples Philharmonic as well as Associate Principal horn with the Louisiana Philharmonic. Rainey, a Louisville, KY native, has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra and spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Rainey was a winner of the MTNA Senior Brass Solo Competition. During the summer of 2015 Ms. Rainey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and on their European Tour. Ms. Rainey has also served on the faculties of Georgia State University and Emory University.

She received her undergraduate degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music, followed by a masters degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. She has studied with W. Peter Kurau, Richard Sebring and James Sommerville.

Sep 08, 2019
#26: Bobby Horton

Bobby Horton was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. His life long passion for music and history began at an early age. With a trumpet playing father and a banjo-playing grandfather, he was exposed to a varied menu of music—from the sound of the big bands, jazz combos and classical to the old time sounds of Southern gospel, sacred harp, and “hillbilly” music.

Most of the men in his young life were World War II veterans, as he listened to their war stories he soon made the connection between these stories and the content of his school history books. When he was nine years old the United States celebrated the Centennial of the Civil War. This celebration brought the Civil War to the forefront of his interest and his love of history became deeply rooted.

In 1984, Horton was asked to produce the score for a feature film set in 1863 in Southern Indiana. While researching music from the mid 19th century, he uncovered literally thousands of tunes from that period. Combining his passion for music and Civil War history, he began recording what has now become fourteen volumes of authentic Civil War tunes in his home studio – playing all of the period era instruments and singing all the parts himself. This series is sold around the world and has led to a career in film scoring and a live presentation of these songs with the stories that accompany them. Bobby Horton is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities of music from the Civil War period.

A seasoned performer, Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian. He has performed with the musical- comedy trio Three On a String, throughout the United States and Canada for 40 plus years. He has also produced and performed music scores for sixteen PBS films by Ken Burns - including “The Civil War”, and “Baseball,” two films for The A&E network, and twenty-one films for The National Park Service. His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organization and publications through America and Europe.

Bobby Horton resides in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama with Lynda, his wife of thirty-plus years.  They have two adult children, Jonathan and Rachel.

Sep 01, 2019
#25: Freeway Philharmonic: Will Baker

On this installment, we are featuring Will Baker. Will is the bass trombonist of the Monterrey Symphony, and he has subbed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and more. He also started Get Fluent, which he creates video and resources to help musicians improve their playing.

Mastering Engineer - Brandon Jochum
Music in the episode - Will Baker

Aug 15, 2019
#24: Winning the Job: Chris Smith

This edition of "Winning the Job" features Chris Smith, who recently won the principal trumpet position with the San Diego Symphony. Chris has a wealth of knowledge to share about how to be successful in auditions, and also some real and practical advice to people who are thinking of auditioning for an orchestral position.

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum
Music in the episode - Chris Smith

Aug 08, 2019
#23: Barbara Butler

This episode features an amazing conversation with Barbara Butler, one of the trumpet professors at Rice University. Previously she taught at Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music before that.

Not much that can be said about this interview other than it's Barbara speaking words of wisdom for almost three hours. I hope you get as much out of it as I have!

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

Aug 01, 2019
#22: Lessons From Indy

In this episode I discuss the various lessons I learned from my experience not getting tenure in Indianapolis. Without going into detail, the lessons are:

1) When I receive feedback, I should make sure I understand
2) Goals are just goals
3) You're more than meets the eye
4) Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans
5) When you're going through hell, keep on going

Hopefully these lessons I learned can help encourage people at all stages of their career.

Jul 15, 2019
#21: Winning the Job: Jeff Lewandowski and John Romero

In this installment of "Winning the Job", I was able to speak with Jeff Lewandowski and John Romero. Jeff recently won a job with the United States Army Field Band, and John Romero recently won principal trombone in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Jeff gave some really great advice about how he used the audition process to understand how to give structure to his busy life of freelancing, in order to make sure he was totally prepared given the lack of time he had in his day. It's also inspiring to see how he made positive changes to his life in general through his preparation.

John shared how he came up with a brand new way to make sure his intonation was rock solid on his excerpts. I had never heard his method before, and I thought it was incredibly smart and interesting.

Jul 08, 2019
#20: Glenn Michael Egner

Glenn is the librarian with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the ASO as librarian, he was the principal flutist with the Venezuelan National Orchestra.

Glenn has an amazing story. He had a picture perfect life in Venezuela, but because the country began to fail, he had to leave an start all over in Alabama. I hope this interview is able to give the listener some really good perspective on life, and also to see that everyone has a story. We should make as much of an effort as we can to learn peoples stories so that we can understand who they are and where they are coming from.

Jul 01, 2019
#19: I Didn't Win, and That's OK

In this episode, I talk about my preparation for the Chicago Symphony principal trumpet audition that was held in early June of 2019. I discuss what my original plan for my prep was, and how it changed as I went through the process. Finally, I give my thoughts on auditioning in general, and how to change our mindset to help ensure we can always have a successful audition.

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

Jun 22, 2019
#18: Freeway Philharmonic: Kathy White

In this episode, I talk with Kathy White about how she built and maintains her successful career as a freelancer in the Southeast region. Kathy is principal clarinet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and she subs frequently with many orchestras in the area as well. Not only does she have really wonderful advice about how to succeed as a freelancer, she also has really great words about how what a career in music means to her.

Freeway Philharmonic is a series dedicated to interviewing musicians who have built successful freelance careers in order to gain insight and inspiration from their stories.

Jun 15, 2019
#17: Winning the Job: George Goad and Derek Fenstermacher

In this episode I talk with George Goad and Derek Fenstermacher about their success in recent auditions. George recently won associate principal trumpet with the Montreal Symphony and Derek won principal tuba with the St. Louis Symphony.

Jun 08, 2019
#16: Calvin Falwell

In this episode I have a conversation with Calvin Falwell, 3rd/Bass Clarinet with the Sarasota Orchestra. We talk about how Calvin has used his desire to make things happen into multiple opportunities for his career and for his life.

Master Engineer - Brandon Jochum

Jun 01, 2019
#15: Starting Over: Changing Your Embouchure with Dr. Matthew Vangjel

In this episode, we go into detail about all things related to changing your embouchure on a brass instrument. We aim to give encouragement for anyone going through an embouchure change, as well as a resource for any teachers who might see changing an embouchure as a solution to a students problem, but may not feel equipped to make it work.

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

May 15, 2019
#14: Winning the Job: Ansel Norris and Joe Lefevre

In this episode we speak with Ansel Norris, who recently won second trumpet in the Naples Philharmonic and Joe LeFevre, who recently won principal tuba with the Kansas City Symphony about what they think helped them be successful in their auditions.

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

May 08, 2019
#13: Lisa Wienhold

In this episode I talk with Lisa Weinhold principal flutist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. We talk about her life growing up, her educational opportunities, as well as her difficulties around the time that the Alabama Symphony went bankrupt in the 1990's. We also discuss her love and passion for dog training, and dig into how she makes sure she's prepared to play her orchestral parts at the highest level every week.

May 01, 2019
#12: Carlos Izcaray Part 2: Cancer and Venezuela

Here is part two of my interview with Carlos Izcaray, music director of the Alabama Symphony orchestra. In this episode, he talks about how he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and what it was like continuing to work and live life while going through chemotherapy. After that, we go into a pretty in depth discussion on the current state of life in Venezuela. It's hard to listen to a lot of what he talked about. This is a must listen episode! 

Apr 22, 2019
#11: Arnold Jacobs and Mindfulness - What They Have In Common

In this episode, I discuss what the teaching method of Arnold Jacobs, tubist with the Chicago Symphony from 1944-1988, and the practice of mindfulness have in common. At the end, I explain what connections I've made between the two and how I've applied them to my own trumpet playing.
Music in the episode - Andrew Miller
Master engineer - Brandon Jochum

Apr 15, 2019
#10: Winning the Job: Nathan Clark and Sam Huss

Winning the job is a series dedicated to finding out how people who have recently won auditions were successful.

In this episode, we talk with Nathan Clark and Sam Huss. Nathan Clark recently won a position with the Presidents Own Marine Band. Sam Huss recently won principal trumpet with the Richmond Symphony. Both of these players have some really great insight into what made them successful, you do not want to miss this episode!

Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

Apr 08, 2019
#9: Carlos Izcaray: Part One

In this episode, I have a conversation with Carlos Izcaray, music director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to speak with him and cover his life from his earliest musical memories to being named music director of our orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama. He gave me so much great content, we actually ran out of time, and so we had to make this part 1 of a two part interview.

Mastering enginner - Brandon Jochum

Apr 01, 2019
#8: The Music of Harry Potter

Join Chris Confessore, principal pops conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and I as we talk about the music of Harry Potter! In this episode we will do a name that tune of sorts: we'll play a familiar theme from the Harry Potter movies and then we'll let you know what that theme represents and discuss each one a little bit.

Master engineer - Brandon Jochum

Mar 15, 2019
#7: Freeway Philharmonic: Dean Haist

Freeway Philharmonic is a series in which we interview people with successful freelance careers and talk to them about how they built it from the beginning.

This episode will feature Dean Haist. Dean is an active trumpet freelancer in Lincoln, NE and the surrounding areas. He also has a business he started called Arts Incorporated, which services the musical community in Lincoln.

You can find more information here:

Master engineer - Brandon Jochum
Music - Nebraska Brass

Mar 08, 2019
#6: James Sullivan

In this episode, we have a conversation with James Sullivan, principal oboe of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Jim explains how he came to play the oboe, what he does to be prepared for such a demanding job, and why he started the Southern Oboe Intensive. He also shares with us some of the passions he has and how they have enriched his life.

James Sullivan's bio
Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

Mar 01, 2019
#5: The Good, The Bad, and Things I Learned the Hard Way

In this episode we discuss successes and failures that I've had in my career, and tell a few funny anecdotes about times I experienced some embarrassing situations, but ended up learning a lot from them.
Music in the episode - Caelum by Ivy Garden
Master engineer - Brandon Jochum

Feb 15, 2019
#4: Winning the Job: Jeff Strong and Tyler Lindsay

Winning the job is a series dedicated to finding out how people who have recently won auditions were successful.

In this episode, we talk to Jeff Strong and Tyler Lindsay about their recent audition successes. Jeff won third trumpet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Tyler won a position with the Presidents Own Marine band.
Mastering engineer - Brandon Jochum

Feb 08, 2019
#3: Kevin Fitzgerald

In this episode, we talk with Kevin Fitzgerald, assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Alabama Youth Symphony Orchestra. He talks about his youth, his life as trumpet player, and we go into depth about his plans for the ASYO.
Master engineer - Brandon Jochum

Kevin Fitzgerald's bio

Feb 01, 2019
#2: Powerlifting and Music - What They Have In Common

In this episode, I discuss how my love of powerlifting has taught me valuable lessons in how to progress as a trumpet player. I break down how volume, intensity, and frequency are used in powerlifting, and how we can apply it to our musical practice.
Music in the episode - Empire Springs
Master engineer - Brandon Jochum

Jan 14, 2019
#1: Demondrae Thurman

This episode features an interview with Demondrae Thurman, an internationally renowned euphonium soloist. He has recently been appointed the position full professor of euphonium at Indiana University and also teaches low brass studies at Samford University. Some of the topics covered are conducting, free-lancing, orchestral playing, as well as social media as a marketing tool for musicians.
Master Engineer - Brandon Jochum

Demondrae Thurman bio

Dec 23, 2018