A: I started playing before video games & handheld devices. There wasn’t much to do except sports and music. We had a recorder in the house and the school band had a clarinet. I liked to listen to songs on the radio and movie themes and copy them by ear. It was like a game to myself. I stay motivated today by finding extended techniques and alternative ways of playing difficult passages in show music and orchestra.
A:The best thing about being a musician is the audience response in a live drama or a concert. It is exciting to know you can help people see joy, pathos, humour and most of all beauty in the way something can sound. This is only possible by giving extra effort to phrasing and working on the “journey” a long passage of music takes. It is more than notes, dynamics and simply what is on the page. You have to find the “gold” in the moment.
A:Music is financially challenging as a career. I was blessed to have worked when earning a living in the “biz” was easier. The biggest challenges however are still there. Join a professional association of musicians (like the AFM or SOCAN) and stick with it for the long run. Create relationships with all working musicians you can. Nurture them. Most of never stop learning from the best players you can find. I still go to international conventions and listen and learn from the worlds best. Those in our community that don’t come and go and are not as busy as they want to be because they are not giving there best effort.
A: I always wanted to play in the Berlin Philharmonic. I have worked in nearly all the professional orchestras in BC and Alberta. Today I am happiest working in musical theatre. The challenge of creating drama is also there but the added skill of playing all woodwinds professionally makes that an equally satisfying goal.
A: I started oboe after having played clarinet professionally for 20 years. My 1st oboe teacher David Sussman is for me the top musician and teacher in Canada. Everyone who hears him play just once realizes that music needs to tell a story. David does this best. I had the privilege of working with Christoph Hartmann (Berlin Philharmonic) in Los Angeles and New York a few years ago. Dreams come true sometimes in unexpected ways.
A: I have been writing and arranging music for woodwinds and chamber ensembles for a few years now. I would like to make a website to distribute this music worldwide. I hope it will help others find opportunities and venues to play in when traditional settings like band, orchestra and choirs don’t meet all of our needs. I plan to travel to the international reed conventions to promote this idea.
August 2016 – Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre – Animal Crackers (Musical) – Clarinet Flute Bassoon & Tenor Sax
September 2016 – European Tour of Germany France Switzerland and Italy
October 2016 – Medium Wind Ensemble – Oboe
November 2016 – Colombian tour – visiting composer David Steck to orchestrate the musical Cheechako (based on Robert Service poems)
December 2016 – Belfry Theatre – This Little Night – Woodwinds