So, who got to spend a week teaching and performing in San Jose Costa Rica.... I did. Brought three mason students with me to play mallet quartet, estudios de frontera, ambient resonances, and two Costa Rican pieces
Pics and more details coming soon!
This past week, I was honored serve as an evaluator for the 2015 Music for All National Festival and the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. We ( Jim Campbell, Nathan Daughtrey and Thad Anderson) listened and offered comments to 11 HS and MS ensembles, and I was honored to clinic three groups- Lassiter, Park City and Pfugerville HS
Thanks to Yamaha, Vic Firth, ZIldjian and Remo for their support and to William Galvin, Festival Director for running such a well organized program.
These are some of the best ensembles in the Nation - Bravo to all of the students and Directors.
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras Percussion Ensemble - Annandale, VA; Doug Wallace
Dobson H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Mesa, AZ; Joseph Anthony Goglia
Farmington Junior H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Farmington, UT; Heath Wolf
Grain Valley H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Grain Valley, MO; David Gronneberg
Lassiter H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Marietta, GA; Mike Lynch
Llano Junior H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Llano, TX; Keith Riley
McLean H.S. Percussion Ensemble - McLean, VA; Chris Weise
North Gwinnett M.S. Percussion Ensemble - Sugar Hill, GA; Travis Downs
Park City H.S. Percussion Studio - Park City, UT; Bret Hughes
Pflugerville H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Pflugerville, TX; Ryan Sirna
Yorktown H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Arlington, VA; Brian Bersh
This past fall I was honored to "fill in" along with Denny Stokes, as the conductor for the Mason Wind Symphony so that my good friend and colleague Mark Camphouse could take a well earned study leave.
We had a great time working with the Wind Symphony, exploring some new literature, working with two guest from China, and sharing some terrific concerts with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and the McLean Symphonic Band.
You can see some of the photos from the fall semester above.
This semester, I am collaborating with Brian Walden and directing the Mason Symphonic Band. Our first concert is April 21 - the students are doing a great job! Come check it out!
April 21 - Center for the Arts Concert Hall at 8PM
Mason Symphonic Band - John Kilkenny and Brian Walden, Conductors
Mason Wind Symphony - Mark Camphouse, Conductor
Been on the road a bit the last few weeks - enjoyed a great visit to UT austin, with some pics below - thanks to Tom Burritt for the invite! When I was in NYC at NYU - I had the great chance to sit in on John Wittman's session for the percussion studio. I was in the afternoon, and JW in the evening, a great day for the NYU students, and a lot of fun for all of us - as always thanks to Jonathan Haas for the continued support and invitations to work with his terrific students!
Next up - the Music for All National Percussion Festival, a quick trip to Boston, and some great orchestral playing here in DC - and a recital with Julianna Nickel, oh and some exciting international work.
So many good things happening this week - I'm at NYU again on Tuesday, will be performing in a faculty recital on Thursday at Mason - a clinic at McLean High School Saturday AM, another session at the Fredrick Day of Percussion Saturday Afternoon - ending the day as a guest on Tim McCay's faculty percussion recital at Howard Community College. Oh, and House of Cards comes back.
NYU - Tuesday Feb 24 3:30-4:45
George Mason University Percussion Faculty Recital Thursday Feb 26th 8PM. de Laski Performing Arts Building
Mclean HS percussion clinic - 9-11 AM Saturday
Fredrick CC Day of Percussion 1PM Saturday
Howard CC Percussion Recital Feb 28th 7:30 Monteabaro recital hall
Just finished a great few days in Austin Texas. Had the chance to spend some time with the terrific students at Cele Middle School and their FANTASTIC teacher, Cathy Humphrey! I actually was asked to sign autographs....which kinda blew my mind. Great kids
Next up, after a visit with Mason Alumni Stephen Howard -who now runs the band program at Anne Richards School, was a few hours of lessons and a clinic session at the University of Texas, Austin. Grateful to Tom Burritt and the outstanding students at UT. Awesome time.
Cathy and her husband Chris were kind enough to open their home tome for a couple of days, and Austin has some great restaurants. All in All, a fast, and fun 3 days in Austin! Already planning my next visit. up next, NYU! Can't wait to get back to New York.
Below are some pics from Cele MS - UT pics are coming soon! Thanks to Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth and Remo for making events like this possible
I don't often blog about specific topics on this site ( I guess I should, it is a blog after all) but I need to really get this out to any music students who happen to read this. YOU NEED TO PLAY YOUR INSTRUMENT IN THE SUMMER
March, teach, go to a festival, a workshop (or two) but do something that has your instrument in your hand, and on your face.
It is vital to your development as a musician - you will make professional and personal connections that will last a lifetime. I can speak directly to this - I first met my good friend and colleague at Mason, John Spirtas ( Principal Percussionist with the Washington National Opera) when we were students at the Aspen Music Festival. I'm heading to NYU in a couple of weeks to teach another MC at NYU, for Jonathan Haas, my teacher from (wait for it....) ASPEN. I still work with folks I met at NOI, Sewanee, from the Duff class, even when I was a SUB at NRO....Festivals matter. Professional connections matter. Go. Invest in your career.
So busy, in fact that I haven't made this blog or website the priority it should be. That, however, is changing today.
Right now, I'm down in Austin, Texas just finishing a great day with some outstanding students at Cele MS. THis afternoon I'll catch up with some Austin friends and head over to work with the terrific students at the University of Texas, Austin. Look forward to meeting Tom Burritt and hearing some great percussion!
Later this month, I'm back at NYU - for my third session with that great group of students. Thanks Jonathan!
February also brings clinic sessions at the Fredrick Day of Percussion, the VA/DC Day of Percussion, two faculty recitals and a recording session.
Looking ahead to some great things in March and April ( including some international travel for performances) and another terrific summer at Music for All, and of course the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
travel pics, concert pics and more to come very soon!
Fun Fact - Mason Wind, Brass and Percussion Majors were involved as teachers/instructors for the following programs this fall.
Robinson High School, FCPS ( percussion)
Oakton High School, FCPS (percussion)
Langley High School, FPCS (winds/percussion)
West Springfield High School, FCPS (percussion)
James Madison High School, FCPS (percussion)
McLean High School, FCPS (percussion)
South County High School, FCPS (percussion)
Chantilly High School, FCPS (percussion/brass)
Freedom High School, LCPS (percussion - Mason Alum)
West Potomac High School, FCPS (percussion)
Westfield High School, FCPS (percussion)
Centreville High School, FCPS (percussion/winds/brass)
Annandale High School, FCPS (percussion)
John Champe High School, FCPS (winds)
Yorktown High School , ACPS (percussion)
Had a great time with the terrific students at NYU - Thanks to Jonathan Haas for the invite - see you in the spring!!
Today, I had the great chance to return to New York and present ( another) Masterclass for the terrific percussionists at New York University. I am so grateful to my friend, mentor and colleague Jonathan Haas for the return invitation. Great time, terrific students.
While in town, I had the chance to visit with another former mentor and teacher, Greg Zuber, and, thanks to a scheduling coincidence was able to spend some time at Juilliard, visit with Dan Druckman and hear a bit of Svet Stoyanov's Masterclass. A long, exciting and inspiring day - looking forward to the next time!
As many of you know, I am conducting the Mason wind symphony this semester while my good friend and colleague Mark Camphouse is on study leave. I'm pleased to be sharing the program with Denny Stokes, one of my first teachers, and current director of the Northern Virginia Youth Winds.
We are having a blast
Our First concert is October 7th - We are collaborating with DOC NIX and the GREEN MACHINE, and have invited Rodney Mack and the Philadelphia Big Brass to join us that evening - should make for a truly special night. Hope you can join us
to purchase tickets - please visit http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/1802/
Enjoying the first rehearsal of music for 18 musicians with the great noise ensemble
Amazing "bucket list" piece that I've always wanted to play. Come to the atlas performing arts center Saturday September 20at 8pm to hear this seminal work live
Photos coming soon !
well - the year has started and I'll still recovering from a busy summer season. Many changes to the site, and some new photo galleries coming soon. I miss my time at Sewanee and my terrific colleagues at Music for All -but fall is here and we jump into a busy and exciting new year.
For now - happy to say that I will be conducting the Mason Wind Symphony this fall - as well as overseeing all recruitment events for the School of Music. And directing the percussion program, running the percussion ensemble....Busy, but should be a lot of fun. more to come soon
All through the month of august, I'll be updated various sections of my website. Hopefully, this will make everything I'm involved with ( Mason, Sewanee, Music for all, conducting, playing....) a little easier to find, and understand.
So, if you come here, and see a blank page, don't worry, I'll get it filled soon enough! Thanks for visiting, and check back often
so I've created a Facebook page for the Sewanee music festival percussion studio, past,
present and future. SSMF percussion. find us on facebook!
I've created a quick photo gallery showcasing what some of my students have been up to the last couple of weeks - from award winning DCI shows to orchestral festivals - they are up to a lot, and I could not be more proud. I'll have some of my own updates soon - but for now - enjoy.
Some shots from my week as a clinician at the music for all summer symposium. More to come, had a great week!
having finally arrived back in Sewanee, I am grateful for a few things-
1. I hate traffic - and there is no traffic in Sewanee
2. It takes too long for me to get around in DC - and no time at all to get around Sewanee
3. I have been able to work on a patio, overlooking the Cumberland Valley -all morning.
4. Julia's, Sterlings and the Blue Chair.
5. The chance to make great music with wonderful friends, colleagues and students for the next few weeks. If you can't make it - check out a concert online www.sewaneemusicfestival.org
After taking a few days of R&R at Sewanee and playing the Daugherty Concerto with the festival orchestra, I'll head to the Music for All Summer Symposium. Looking forward to seeing some great students and colleagues there as well!
Been a busy few months - and an even busier summer coming up - here goes!
In two weeks, I leave for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival - where I will once again perform the Daugherty Raise the Roof, Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, this time with the Festival Orchestra during the opening weekend concert. Octavio Mas Orcas will lead an exciting program including music by Copland, Puts, Dvorak and of course,Daugherty. I'll be sure to post the video here, or you can watch the concert, live online
The next day - I fly to Ball State to join the faculty of the Music for all Summer Symposium. MFA is a terrific program, with an outstanding line up of faculty including Michael McIntosh, Ruben Alvarez, Tom Aungst Dr. David Collier, Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, Thom Hannum, Steve Houghton, Ian Grom, Tony Nunez, and Chad Wyman.
Oh - and my old friend and world famous composer John Mackey. Can't wait!
After MFA, I fly back to SSMF, and spend the final 3 weeks of the festival teaching and performing in two faculty chamber concerts ( music by Larsen and Lang) and the premiere of a new chamber work by Bela Fleck. www.sewaneemusicfestival.org
The end of July will bring me back to VA and to the summer percussion workshop at George Mason University - July 28-August 1. We are planning a great program, with a diverse array of performance and educational experiences for HS and MS students from our region.
OH - and this fall, the Mason Percussion Group will be a featured in performance at the Virginia Music Educators Conference in Norfolk, VA.
the last couple of months have been truly busy, and rewarding. In addition to my regular work at GMU, I've had a great time performing with some wonderful orchestras in the DC area, and playing chamber music with my good friends Karen Johnson and Carlos Rodriguez both at the church of the Epiphany in DC and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. This weekend - Mason Dance Gala, where I'll be conducting "Rush Hour" by fellow Juilliard Alum John Mackey (http://www.ostimusic.com/)
If you are free - come check out the Mason School of Dance Gala this weekend at the Center for the Arts. The Mason percussion group sounds great, the strings are rocking, and the dancers are outstanding. Not to be missed.
Had a great time performing the Daugherty - Raise the Roof, concerto for timpani and wind ensemble last week at Mason. Mark had the Mason band sounding TERRIFIC - it was, once again, a joy to work with them. Yesterday, I shared the stage ( briefly) with Victor Provost, a wonderful performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. What a great few days of music
Looking forward to performing the Daugherty RAISE THE ROOF - this Thursday evening at 8PM, Center for the Arts, George Mason University