Years in AYPO: 6 years, including time in SE, CO, SO and AYP
Instrument: Double Bass
Current Occupation: Middle School Orchestra Director, Music Camp Director, Private Double Bass Instructor
Current City of Residence: Baltimore, MD
Current Musical Involvement: Public and private music instructor, youth orchestra conductor, music camp and concert series administrator
Favorite Piece to Perform: Anything from the Baroque era! My favorites include Bach and Corelli.
Is there a specific memory or experience that impacted your decision to pursue a music career? Yes! While, I enjoyed music as part of my in-school education, it was my out of school music activities that really made an impact on me and made me realize I wanted a career in music. I was encouraged to join AYP by my elementary school teacher because I was always looking for an extra challenge. I was inspired by my peers who shared a passion for music and I was always in awe of what we were able to accomplish. I believe this camaraderie helped influence my decision to attend a conservatory. My favorite memory from performing with AYP was when we performed the West Side Story Suite. To this day, it remains one of the performances I am music proud of.
Any advice for young musicians interested in pursuing a music career? The best advice I would give is to always be open-minded and flexible. Try a little bit of everything. Don't limit yourself to one genre, ensemble or even one instrument! The successful musicians I know are the ones who are versatile, take every opportunity and learn from every experience.