In honor of National Black History Month and Mardi Gras, I want to feature one of my favorite jazz clarinetist Doreen Ketchens. I first met Doreen Ketchens in the Spring of 2013 at The University of Southern Mississippi when she performed a special concert for the USM Honors College. The performance was breathtaking because I […]
One of the many hobbies I have is reading. I love books, and I love reading during my practice breaks, and this year I have set a goal to read at least twenty-four books. Below are nine novels I loved and believe would be great for any level of musician to read in the new […]
Be Respectable Be respectful and kind to every person you meet. E.g., professors, peers, accompanists, staff, conductors, and of course the janitors. Mistakes happen. Try to apologize in person or by email and move on. Your colleagues and teachers will serve as your references. Your peers will likely become your colleagues someday so be nice […]
During my first year at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, I was a part of an AmeriCorps program called UNCSA ArtistCorps which was supported by a grant from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper. For those of you who do not […]
Rhythm…It’s in Our Hearts:
Because of this roadblock, it was difficult for me to keep morale and motivation up and find the energy to practice until I started thinking about how I was practicing..