Year of Graduation: 2005
Degree: Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance (summa cum laude, Departmental Honors)
What are you currently doing? I’m currently a full-time, professional freelance musician and trumpet teacher in the greater Boston area. I’m a regular member of the Haffner Sinfonietta and the Neponset Valley Philharmonic and often get called to sub with the Cape Cod, Plymouth, New Bedford, and Nashua symphonies. Additionally, I have a steady stream of work playing shows, choral society concerts, and church services. As adjunct faculty at Gordon College I have a small studio of music majors and in the past year have both given a full faculty recital and performed the Arutunian Concerto with the Gordon Wind Ensemble. I also teach lessons in the Lincoln, Concord, and Shrewsbury lesson programs and have a combined studio of over 30 students. This October I celebrated my 1-year wedding anniversary with my wonderful wife (and talented Horn player), Kristen, and together we ran the Bar Harbor marathon.
What experiences from UMASS shaped your professional life? UMASS was perhaps the best possible place for me to do my undergraduate work. The small and close-knit music department allowed me to develop as a musician in a nurturing and safe environment, but also provided me with enough high-quality musical interaction to launch me off to graduate work at the New England Conservatory and a career as a professional performing and teaching musician. I am happy to say that I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for Eric Berlin’s patient guidance, insightful teaching methods, and outstanding personal example of commitment to musical integrity and hard work. Eric was the right teacher for me at the right time and I am forever grateful for the many long and selfless hours he devoted to my lessons (which often ran 2 hours!) while I was studying at UMASS. Thank you, Eric!