University of Southern California
My uncle was a percussionist and I always loved getting to see him play. In school I was playing on the football team, and during practice, I broke my foot. Unable to play for the rest of the season I devoted all the time I would have been at football practice to learning to play percussion. Ironically, the next season I was still on the football field, but in a marching band uniform.
Mahler’s 5th Symphony. I am fortunate in that every concert this year has a piece programmed that really brings timpani to the foreground, which provides many diverse challenges for me to overcome. That said, there’s just so much music in Mahler 5, both when I’m playing and when I’m counting rests, that I’m excited to be a part of it.
In being a part of AYS, I have been able to learn a lot from the experience of a professional working environment. It’s given me a clearer image of when I move on, what kind of colleagues do I want to surround myself with? And more importantly, what kind of colleague do I want to be? I look forward to continuing these practices as well as continuing to go through great repertoire with an inspiring maestro!