Performance

Education

Michigan State University

Master Of Music in Music Performance.

September 2016-May 2018

Western Michigan University

September 2011-May 2016

Bachelor of Music in K-12 Instrumental Music Education.

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance Performance - Horn.

 

Primary Horn Instructors

Corbin Wagner

September 2016-May 2018

Current Associate Professor of Horn at Michigan State University.

Retired Third Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (38 Years).

Dr. Lin (Foulk) Baird

Current Professor of Horn at Western Michigan University.

September 2011-May 2016

Aaron Brant

Current Principal Horn of the Dayton Philharmonic.

November 2009 - June 2011

 

Selected Large Ensemble Experience

Midland Symphony Orchestra

Utility Horn

October 2018 - Present

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Horn

October 2018 - Present

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Horn

May 2018 - Present

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Horn

April 2018 - Present

West Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Horn

April 2018 - Present

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Horn

November 2017 - Present

Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra

University Ensemble - Rotating Horn Position

September 2016 - May 2018

Michigan State University Opera

University Ensemble - Principal Horn

September 2016-May 2017

Michigan State University Wind Symphony

University Ensemble - Rotating Horn Position

September 2016 - May 2017

Kalamazoo Philharmoia

Community Ensemble - Principal Horn and Second Horn

2015-2016

Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra

University Ensemble - Rotating Horn Position

2013 - 2015

Western Michigan University Symphonic Band

University Ensemble - Rotating Horn Position

September 2012-December 2013

Western Michigan University Concert Band

University Ensemble - Principal Horn

September 2011 - May 2012

 

Selected Chamber Ensemble Experience

Michigan State University Musique 21

University Ensemble featuring new, modern music.

April 2018 - May 2018

Michigan State University Graduate Brass Trio

Ensemble Member. Ensemble featured Anthony Plog's Brass Trio.

September 2017 - December 2017

Michigan State University Graduate Horn Quartet

Section Member. Program featured women composers and was performed at the Michigan State University Planetarium.

January 2017 - April 2017

Michigan State University Chamber Wind Ensemble

Ensemble Member. Prepared chamber winds music for conducting students and recital music.

January 2017 - December 2017

Western Michigan University Graduate Horn Quartet

Section Member. Competed at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles, CA. Program featured Anthony Plog's Horn Quartet.

November 2014 - August 2015

Western Michigan University Western Winds Ensemble

Section Member. Faculty and Student Combined Ensemble.

January 2013 - May 2015

Western Michigan University Scholarship Freshmen Wind Quintet

Section Member.

September 2012 - April 2013

 

Selected Solo Experience

Master's Recital

Program featuring music based on books.

February 2018

Senior Performance and Honors Recital

"Water" Program featuring music based on water.

March 2015

Junior Performance Recital

Joint Recital featuring music through all eras of horn repertoire.

April 2014

 

Selected Musical Pit Experience

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Hastings High School

March 2018

Temple: A New Musical

Michigan State University Theatre Program

March 2017

Les Miserables

Unity Christian High School Alumni Association

June 2015

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Hackett Catholic High School

March 2014

The Man of La Mancha

Western Michigan University Gilmore Theatre

January 2014

Into The Woods

Cornerstone University

February 2011

 

Music Education

Classroom Experience

Grand Ledge Public Schools - Wacousta Elementary School

August 2018 - Present

Sixth Grade Beginning Band Teacher.

Start beginning band students on their individual instruments. Provide specialized instruction on the techniques of every instrument in the band. Greet students at school for the zero hour band class. Lead students to prepare concert repertoire and conduct at the concerts. Communicate with parents about band details. Grade playing assessments and keep student practice journal records.

Western Michigan University

January 2019 - April 2019

Adjunct Professor of Horn teaching Aural Skills IV: Introduction to Classical Improvisation.


Filling in for the semester for a maternity leave. Lead the class in workshop and improvisation games. Lead class discussions and feedback for the games. Graded weekly reflection papers on readings, listening assignments, and practice sessions. Graded final individual and group projects.

"The purpose of Aural Skills IV is to produce a listener/performer who can perceive sound in meaningful patterns--to develop a hearing mind and a thinking ear. In this course, this is achieved through both listening to and performing musical improvisations in both structured and unstructured activities. The focus will be on improvising within styles and genres that are already familiar to the student. This provides the student with a foundation and starting point for improvisation, from which he/she may explore the rich and widely varied traditions of improvisation within jazz, new music, world, pop, and other contexts (learning how to improvisation within these specific contexts is beyond the aims of this course). This is the fourth in a 4-course sequence in aural skills." - Spring 2019 Course Syllabus 

Gull Lake Middle School

January 2016 - May 2016

Intern Teacher for Michlele Chabitch, director of the Gull Lake Middle School Bands.

Assist in teaching beginning brass and woodwinds class, seventh grade band, eighth grade band, and eighth grade jazz band. Lead instrument groups in sectionals for individual attention. Lead and conduct the full class to study instrument technique and to prepare for concerts and band festival. Teach individual lessons to prepare for solo and ensemble festival. Write daily lesson plans for each individual class and connect the plans with learning outcomes and standards. 

 

Private Teaching Experience

Alma College

September 2019- Present

Adjunct Instructor of Horn.

Teach private horn lessons to horn performance majors, horn performance minors, and students at Alma College who are interested in learning horn. Prepare students for semesterly juries by choosing repertoire and teaching scales and etudes. Write the course syllabus. Evaluate individual lessons for final grading and submit final grades.

Olivet College

August 2018 - Present

Adjunct Professor of Horn.

Teach private horn lessons to horn performance majors, horn performance minors, and students at Olivet College who are interested in learning horn. Prepare students for semesterly juries by choosing repertoire and teaching scales and etudes. Write the course syllabus. Evaluate individual lessons for final grading and submit final grades.

Hastings Public Schools

November 2017 - Present

Horn Instructor - Group Lessons.

During the school day, pull students out of the full band rehearsal and into a group lesson. Group lessons focus on technique, etudes, and horn ensemble repertoire. Beginning students are taught to play by ear and all students focus on relating the instrument back to the harmonic series in order to make the best playing decisions in band. Instruction is focused on creative problem solving.

Grand Ledge Public Schools

September 2017 - Present

Horn Instructor - Private Lessons.

After school at the high school, students study individual work such as etudes, scales, audition material, and horn repertoire. Students participate in masterclasses, studio recitals, extra curricular performing ensembles, and district and state solo and ensemble. Lead students in after school horn ensemble.

Mid-Michigan Area

September 2016 - Present

Horn Instructor.

Private horn lessons from my home office located near the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI.

Kidder Northwest Community Schools

Private Horn Instructor.

January 2018 - June 2018

Battle Creek Community Music School

Private Horn Instructor.

November 2016 - August 2017

 

Selected Presentations

Porland Public Schools Horn Day

May 2019

"Buzzing; It's Not Just for Bees"
Techniques to increase your tone and flexibility on the horn. How to cross the ranges quickly and with a consistent tone. 

Featuring Solo Performance of Lydia "Lowery" Busler's "Appalachia for Solo Horn".

Berkley Middle School Instrument Clinic

October 2018

"Making the Instrument Work for You"
Examining the harmonic series and how it creates our fingering patterns to demystify the chromatic scale.

Featuring Solo Performance of Lydia "Lowery" Busler's "Appalachia for Solo Horn"

Michigan State University: Master of Music Oral Defense

April 2018

"Teaching the Horn by Ear: Utilizing the Harmonic Series to Learn Horn Technique with Ear Training and Improvisation."

When working with beginning horn students, it is difficult make sure students start on the correct notes and continue playing the right notes even when on an individual part. Instead of learning to read first and how to change the student to the music on the page, learn how the instrument works and prepare the student with the knowledge of how to manipulate the instrument to what is on the page. Lesson high lights include, identifying the harmonic series, the fingering pattern, learning how to identify specific pitches by ear, how to choose the best fingering for a specific passage, improvising over the harmonic series, and playing simple tunes by ear.

Red Cedar Bands Festival

"Some Air and A Prayer"
Expanding your range.

March 2018

International Horn Symposium - Los Angeles, CA

"Music In The Moment"
Co-Lecturer with Dr. Lin (Foulk) Baird to introduce classical improvisation as an idea, a practice habit, and a bit of musical fun.

August 2015

 

Selected Interviews

Michigan State University College of Music Running Start Featured Alumni

April 2019

WMUK's Friday Fun with WMU's Horn Studio - Classical Improvisation

Link to Radio Interview

Western Michigan University Graduate Horn Quartet discusses Classical Improvisation and Performs selections from the International Horn Symposium's Horn Quartet Competition.

May 2015

 

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