April 4th, 2019 @ Hinsdale Central HS (Hinsdale, IL) 4:30-9:30pm
Ajudicated the IGSMA competition for Hinsdale Central High School Saxophone students. Gave constructive and detailed feedback to many students who played both solos, duets, trios and quartets with many various classical, jazz and contemporary repertoire.
October 3rd, 2019 @ Hinsdale MS (Hinsdale, IL) 5:00-7:00pm
Led a sectional with the Hinsdale Middle School Jazz Ensemble Saxophone section. Time was spent mostly working on unifying the section sound, aiming for tighter articulation and consistent articulation throughout the section, isolating individual and like-instrument parts that were sloppy and cleaning those up, and doing complete run-through's of prepared pieces and sight-reading a few new ones.
October 28th & 29th, 2019 @ Heritage MS (Lansing, IL) 12:34-1:19pm
Allowed students who were interested in band the opportunity to learn about the Clarinet, Flute and Trumpet. Gave instrument demonstrations and answered any questions the students had about the various instruments. Had the students try instruments individually making them attempt to get a sound out of each one and write down which ones were their favorites. Gave a short 10-minute educational presentation to all the students before the instruments were tried.
December 12th, 2019 @ Lincoln MS (Schiller Park, IL) 5:00-7:00pm
On Thursday, December 12th I gave a clinic to the Saxophone students AND clarinet students in the Lincoln Middle School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Luis Solis. I taught the students about soloing and giving feedback on their styles of jazz playing. I modeled what is supposed to be a "good" and "full" jazz sound with these students. The students also broke into sectionals with me, and I had the students practice difficult sections of the music over and over until they felt comfortable and confident. I made sure to emphasize the importance of breathing from the gut instead of breathing from the shoulders and the students had a much more refined and bigger sound within a few minutes with this constant advice. Overall, the educational experience I provided to these students was so that they felt confident with an extra rehearsal with a "professional" musician going into their upcoming concert! The students really enjoyed my company working with them and were ecstatic with the outcome of how well and solid they sounded.
Working with individual members of the Saxophone section
Working with the entire ensemble
New Music USA Chicago Discussion Forum
March 23rd, 2020 @ 3:00-4:30pm
I will be having an online discussion forum with other Chicago-area New Music members. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this meeting was originally planned to be in-person but was moved to online. The discussion will consist of the more general, long term needs of Chicago’s artist led community. The discussion will also give members a chance to talk about the impact COVID-19 is having on artists and their work.
Saxophone Focus Day @ DePaul University (Zoom)
October 24th, 2020 @ 12:30-3:30pm
Assisted in giving a 3 hour lesson to 2 prospective college Saxophonists interested in pursing music as their career. This consisted of presenting a Master class with myself, Professor Jeremy Ruthrauff and an additional undergraduate student at DePaul. During those 3 hours we listened to these prospective students play their prepared solo repertoire and etude repertoire and gave concise, advanced and detailed feedback to these students verbally and also demonstrated some of this feedback by playing the pieces ourselves. Afterwards, I performed both of my prepared Graduate-Level Solos and Etude repertoire while the students got a break to relax. Professor Ruthrauff and I primarily lead this master class cooperatively.