Applications are now open for summer 2020 at the Luzerne Music Center. Click here for more information.

If you are (or know) a middle school or high school aged student who would love to spend their summer making music and being outdoors, LMC could be the place for you. Scholarships are available for both the Junior (middle school) and Senior (high school) Sessions.

I will be looking for one tubist for each session. If you have any questions, feel free to email me:

Hello tuba bloggers!

I thought I would give you some updates:

  • I have recently relocated to New England (New Hampshire, specifically), where I live with my wife, Mary Claire and dog, Dorian (photo below).
  • I have been teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy since September, where I am an Adjunct Music Instructor of tuba.
  • I was recently hired to teach Low Brass and Chamber Music for the Timberlane Regional School District in Plaistow, NH.
  • I will be presenting an artist recital at the Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Ithaca, NY (March 13-15 @ Ithaca College).
  • 2020 Applications are currently open for the Luzerne Music Center. This will be my 5th (!) summer on faculty. I will be looking for one middle school and one high school tubist. Scholarships are available!
  • I am looking forward to writing, sharing video, and discussing brass pedagogy this year. Keep tabs on this site and my Instagram.
  • More soon!
Dorian, the dog.

Two upcoming recitals!

  • Sunday March 31, 2019, 5pm- Faculty Recital, Campbellsville University
    • Gosser Fine Arts Center – The Gheens Recital Hall
      210 University Dr, Campbellsville, KY 42718
  • Friday April 5, 2019, 10pm- Doctoral Recital, Indiana University
    • Merrill Hall Recital Hall
    • 1201 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47405

I will be joined by Piotr Wiƛniewski on piano for both of these recitals. These events are free and open to the public.

See you there!

I am currently looking for middle school and high school aged students for a music filled summer at the Luzerne Music Center. Many of our students receive scholarship to attend the festival. Get experience playing solo, chamber, and orchestra literature, and immerse yourself in upstate New York’s beautiful outdoors.

More information here:

Please email me at if you have any questions. Looking forward to your application!

This summer will be my third year on faculty at the Luzerne Music Center. LMC is an international music intensive camp set in upstate New York’s Adirondack Park, with programs for students aged 9-18. Students have the opportunity to perform with the symphony orchestra, in chamber groups, and as soloists throughout the program. Students will also take part in daily chamber music coachings and weekly private lessons. Campers have the experience spending a summer outdoors; LMC’s program incorporates activities such as hiking, swimming in the lake, canoeing, and off-campus trips to Lake George and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (2017 included the NYC Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra).

LMC is a hub for performances and masterclasses over the summer, including a residency by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Blair Bollinger (Bass Trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra) directs the brass ensemble during the high school session. LMC faculty and guest artists are featured in concert every week of camp.

Please check out the website here for more information on the programs and faculty:

If you currently are or have a student in middle school or high school looking for a summer full of music and fun, LMC is the place to be! I am currently looking for two students for the 4 week Junior Session students (ages 9-14), and two students for the 4 week Senior Session (ages 14-18). Scholarship money is available!

Dates for 2018 are:

Junior Session: Sunday, June 17 – Saturday, July 14
Senior Session: Tuesday, July 17 – Sunday, August 12luzerne_location_036-1

Any questions, feel free to email me here. Thank you!

Sometimes, we can feel sad. It feels like nothing lines up, the world is constantly throwing up barriers in the way of accomplishing our goals. With the 24 hour news cycle, we hear of bad things happening more often than ever before. Good things usually don’t make good news, they aren’t very shocking. But that’s an interesting thought- if bad things are still “shocking”, wouldn’t that mean that good things are the norm, and are what are expected?

Telling yourself to be happy is never enough to fix it. Someone can lay out all the things you should feel grateful for and it still feels like you should be 5 years ahead of where you are, or that you missed out because of something out of your control. Just because you tell yourself something does not mean you actually absorb the information, or even believe what you are saying.

Pessimism is an easy road to go down. The more we associate with it, the more it seems like everything is awful. Every step we take forward is met by being pulled back into the abyss. Things are so interconnected that purity seems an impossible feat.

Optimism, on the other hand, is the only tool to forge ahead with. What are the chances you have ended up where you are right now? How many others get this chance? When will you get to do this over again? The reason why we build buildings and store our food in refrigerators is because the world, in its natural state, is a harsh place. Human beings are not designed to live in the freezing cold or extremely hot, yet we have made civilizations in these places, and have surpassed the basic need of survival. At its core, life is suffering.

Harsh not only in its natural state, the world can equally be as unforgiving in society. Who am I to do x? What if I fail? What if I don’t like it? What if I don’t fit in? All of these are problems we all face, to one degree or another.

If it was all bad, there is no way the world would be where it is right now. What is normal now was impossible just a generation ago. Yes, its not perfect, but thats the point. The meaning is in making it better.

Before you throw something out, or completely write something off, make sure you have exhausted all its possibilities. The tendency to throw away things that seem silly or redundant is understandable, but there also may be a reason why these things have lasted so long. Caricaturing the “other” side of things is easy; we want to boil things down to one or two tenets- its easier to write off that way!

In the process of purifying your thinking and processes, you may accidentally lose something fundamental. The wisdom of those who came before you is at your fingertips. If they felt compelled enough to make an effort to write it down, perhaps its worth considering.