March 25, 2020
Talking with Eric Yates about his freelance career, developing relationships that can lead to great opportunities, and how to not be too hard on yourself as a teacher
March 18, 2020
Ben's Website - www.benwrighttrumpet.comBenjamin Wright enjoys a varied career, performing as a member of the Boston Symphony, as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaching. Wright joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in July 2002 as...
March 11, 2020
Interview with Ryan Roberts, the english horn player with the New York Philharmonic about audition success
March 4, 2020
Nick's website - www.nicklaufertrombone.comNick's Instagram - Nick Laufer is an eclectic musician with experiences ranging across a wide array of musical styles. His enthusiasm and experience reaches from...
February 26, 2020
www.willhutchinson.comWill Hutchinson is a singer/guitarist who is best know for his unique voice, original music, and his combination of fingerstyle and rhythm guitar playing. For the last three years he has made many wonderful relationships with event...
February 19, 2020
Tom Siders' Instagram - me on Instagram - a rating and a review if you enjoyed the episode!Thomas Siders joined the BSO as Assistant Principal Trumpet in January 2010 and was promoted...
February 12, 2020
Tom's Instagram - @flemingbassoonPrior to joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Tom Fleming has performed in North and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. Having earned degrees from Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music, he was a...
February 5, 2020
In this episode, Jeremy Wilson and I discuss his Body, Mind, Spirit project, what the study of music is really all about, winning the job the Vienna Philharmonic, leaving that job and starting his current job with Vanderbilt, and more.Jeremy's youtube channel -'s Instagram - his tenure in Vienna (2007-2012), Wilson performed hundreds of orchestral concerts at home and in 28 countries around the globe under the batons of the world’s leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst. At the Vienna State Opera, he played over 550 performances of 85 different operas and ballets, including five complete Wagner “Ring” cycles. He had the honor of performing with some of the greatest opera singers of our time, including Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, and his artistry is documented on numerous recordings.A native of Tennessee, Wilson returned to his home state in 2012 to fulfill his long-time passion for teaching and devote more time to his young family. He accepted a full-time teaching position at Vanderbilt University but continued a busy performance schedule as well. During the 2013-14 arts season, he served as guest principal trombonist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed on several occasions with the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the special invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.In addition to his versatility as an orchestral player, Wilson is highly sought as a soloist and chamber musician. The winner of numerous solo competitions, he has been featured in concerto performances and solo recitals in venues across the country. As a chamber artist, he has performed with a range of brass ensembles, including Tri-Star Brass, Maniacal 4, and the award-winning trombone quartet from the University of North Texas, and he is a regular member of the Blair Brass Quintet, composed of Vanderbilt faculty. With his keen affinity for jazz, Wilson also was a member of the University of North Texas’s famed One O’Clock Lab Band, the University of Tennessee’s award-winning ensemble Tennessee Trombonery, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. He recently released his debut album titled Perspectives.Highly respected as a dedicated teacher and clinician, Wilson has given masterclasses and lectures around the United States. He has been a featured guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, and the Trombones de Costa Rica Festival. His students have been finalists for several domestic and international competitions and have participated in many prestigious summer festivals. Wilson currently  serves on the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate, is faculty advisor for the Pi Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is Music Director and Faculty Advisor of the Commodore Orchestra, a Vanderbilt campus orchestra comprised mainly of non-music majors. He recently received the Blair School's Faculty Excellence Award.Wilson started studying music in the sixth grade, becoming a serious student of the trombone in high school. In college, he double-majored in music education and performance at the University of Tennessee, where he was a Presser Scholar, before getting a Master of Music at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2011. His teachers have included Don Hough, Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Tom Lundberg.Wilson currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Kristi and their three children.Support the show (
January 29, 2020
In this episode, Kathleen Costello and I discuss all things chamber music related. From starting a group, how to pick new and innovative projects, and the challenges of doing it all yourself; if you are interested in starting a chamber music group, this episode is a must listen!Kathleen's website - www.kathleenbcostello.comKathleen's Instagram - Costello has served as Principal Clarinet with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Since joining the orchestra she has appeared as soloist with the renowned clarinetist David Shifrin, in addition to appearing as soloist in a variety of formats, including Steve Reich’s NY Counterpoint, a performance which was regarded as “flawlessly executed” by ARTS bham. Committed to both new music and innovation in the arts, Kathleen continues to spend time in Pittsburgh performing as a founding member of the ensemble IonSound Project. Dedicated to commissioning works of new music and collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, IonSound Project has received critical acclaim for their original programming, fresh approach to contemporary music, and commitment to the city of Pittsburgh. In addition to commissioning dozens of compositions, IonSound has premiered more than 80 works by 20th and 21st century composers. The group has a recording of the chamber music of Jeremy Beck on the Innova label, and has recently recorded a disc of works by Philip Thompson featuring a bonus disc of multimedia collaborations commissioned by IonSound. Prior to her tenure with the ASO Kathleen has held positions with the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs Colorado. She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, and the Renaissance City Winds. Kathleen holds a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University where she studied with Ron Samuels, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University where she was a student of Russell Dagon. She has also studied with the former Second and Eb clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Dan Johnston. Over the past few years Kathleen has rekindled her love for drawing and portraiture. With preferred mediums of charcoal and colored pencil, she has explored a variety of subject matter including music related material. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two children.Support the show (
January 22, 2020
This episode is a little different than the others in that I'm not actually interviewing a musician for this episode. Instead, I interviewed Dr. Lisa Grupe, the faculty director at that Alabama Waldorf School, the school that my children attend. I had never heard of this education prior to being a part of this family, so I thought it would be important to create a resource for others to learn exactly how amazing this method of education is.Alabama Waldorf website: education information:, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and joined AWS faculty first as a kindergarten teacher. She completed her Waldorf Grades certification in 2003 and graduated a Grades class in May of 2009. In April of 2009, Dr. Grupe completed the Waldorf Administrative Certification program a year after starting as the School Administrator in 2010.Support the show (
January 15, 2020
Interview with Michael Martin
January 8, 2020
Conversation with Haley Bangs about audition success
January 1, 2020
Interview with Karen Cubides
December 15, 2019
Reflection of my first year of podcasting
December 8, 2019
Interview with Jared Rodin
December 1, 2019
Interview with Paul Huang
November 15, 2019
Conversation with Jen Marotta about how she built her freelance career as a trumpet player
November 8, 2019
Conversation with Aubrey Foard and Nick Platoff about winning an orchestral audition
November 1, 2019
Interview with Terry Rush
October 22, 2019
Conversation with Jena Vangjel
October 15, 2019
Discussion of topics needed for orchestral success
October 8, 2019
Interview with Jamie Whitmarsh
October 1, 2019
Interview with Jay Evans
September 22, 2019
Interview with Carlos Izcarary
September 15, 2019
Discussion of discipline using fun quotes
September 8, 2019
Conversation with Mark Maliniak and Jaclyn Rainey
September 1, 2019
Interview with Bobby Horton
August 15, 2019
Interview with Will Baker
August 8, 2019
Conversation with Chris Smith, principal trumpet, San Diego Symphony
August 1, 2019
Interview with Barbara Butler
July 15, 2019
Discussion of the lessons I learned from not getting tenure with the Indianapolis Symphony
July 8, 2019
Conversation with Jeff Lewandowski and John Romero
July 1, 2019
Interview with Glenn Michael Egner
June 22, 2019
Discussion of my Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet audition
June 15, 2019
Interview with Kathy White
June 8, 2019
Conversation with George Goad and Derek Fenstermacher
June 1, 2019
Interview with Calvin Falwell
May 8, 2019
Conversation with Ansel Norris and Joe LeFevre
May 1, 2019
Interview with Lisa Weinhold
April 22, 2019
Part 2 of my conversation with Carlos Izcaray
April 15, 2019
How Arnold Jacobs and mindfulness have made me a better performer
April 8, 2019
Conversation with Nathan Clark and Sam Huss
April 1, 2019
Interview with Carlos Izcaray
March 15, 2019
Discussion of popular musical themes in the Harry Potter movies
March 8, 2019
Interview with Dean Haist
March 1, 2019
Conversation with James Sullivan
February 15, 2019
Discussion of the successes and failures in my career
February 8, 2019
Conversation with Jeff Strong and Tyler Lindsay
February 1, 2019
Conversation with Kevin Fitzgerald
January 14, 2019
How powerlifting has helped me be a better trumpet player
December 23, 2018
Interview with Demondare Thurman
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