Thursday, May 14, 2015

Parenting and Musicianship Collide: Naming Emotions

I am a parent of children of a certain age. A certain age during which I am encouraged to help them "name their emotions" by saying things like, "It sounds like you are angry right now." This is REALLY difficult for me, and I think I have discovered part of the reason why. In the moment, I often start the sentence, and then end up saying, "It sounds like you... might be... angry? Or sad. Or frustrated! Or maybe lonely?" Obviously, I am not clarifying much for my children with regard to their emotions. I also hate putting words in their mouths about how they feel. How should I know what they are really feeling? And more than that, what about the emotions that can't be named?
I had that last thought on the way to a gig this morning, thinking about the power of music and the mysterious ways it serves humanity. I think it may be precisely that it taps the emotions that cannot be named. It is the meeting of intellect with intuition. The melding of the tragic with the divine. Within a single performer, it can be the meeting of physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental energies with something entirely mysterious and unknowable. Music is both fleeting and eternal. I sure as heck can't name with a word or two what I'm feeling when I give a great performance, or witness one.
Perhaps next time I have the urge to help my children "name their emotions," I'll put some music on instead.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brief Update

I haven't posted in more than two years now, and want to provide a little informaiton about some of my activities since then. I perform regularly as principal oboe with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra in addition to my work as 2nd oboe/English horn with the Boulder Philharmonic. New experiences included playing with Opera Colorado, the Central City Opera, and performing a recital as guest artist with the Highlands Square Ensemble, a fabulous string trio. Guitarist James Cline and I continue to perform together; our next show will be presented by Fresh City Life at the Denver Public Library on May 9. Please check out the links above and come out to some shows! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Time to celebrate the holidays with music!

December 1 at 7 PM
Messiah Sing-a-long with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra at Littleton United Methodist Church

December 15 at 2 PM at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church
December 16 at 2 PM at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church
December 17 (Monday) at 7 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church
Canto Deo Christmas concerts

Happy holidays, all!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I have decided not to perform on the Boulder production of the Nutcracker this year - sorry to my friends who usually look for me there!

It is an active month for the Mountain Music Ensemble, however:

Thursday, November 8 at 7 PM
James and I will be joined by Becky Weidman for the Denver Eclectic Concerts series!  We will perform the world premiere of our most recent commission by Timothy Buckman in the South Pearl Street shopping district in Denver.

Friday, November 16, time TBD
The Mountain Music Duo's 3rd annual contribution to National Adoption Day at the Denver City Courthouse!  Despite the fact that this gig is early in the morning, it is our favorite of the year!  It is so fun to celebrate with these families and hear inspiring stories from around the city and state.

Check back for holiday concerts in December!

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 PM
Boulder Philharmonic Pops concert featuring Byron Stripling in a tribute to Louis Armstrong!

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 PM
I will appear on Skyler Smith's Alumni Bassoon Recital at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School!

Monday, August 27 at 7:30 PM
Chamber music from The Marriage of Figaro, edited and directed by Richard Frey.  Organ Rehearsal Hall at the University Center for the Arts (2nd level) in Fort Collins.

Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 PM
Boulder Philharmonic season opener featuring Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony at Macky Auditorium in Boulder.

Check back for updates and more concerts for the fall!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Summer events

Wednesday, June 27 at 9:30 AM
"Meet the Instruments" Camp at the RMCMA for kids ages 4-5 and 6-8.

Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 PM at the UCA in Fort Collins
Friday, June 29 at 7:30 PM at Gates Hall at the University of Denver
Bach's B minor Mass with the Colorado Bach Ensemble. Get your tickets early!

Sunday, July 8 at 2 PM at the Denver Central Library
The Mountain Music Duo presents a new music concert for the Fresh City Life series, featuring all of our recent commissions by Andrew Halladay, Marcia Marchesi, and Loretta Notareschi. You'll even get a sneak peek at our newest commission by Timothy Buckman, scheduled to premiere in November!

Tuesday, July 17 at 1 PM and 2 PM
"Meet the Instruments" classes at the the RMCMA.

Sunday, July 22 at 5 PM
Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM
Music in the Mountains Festival concerts in Durango, CO! Get your tickets today!

Sunday, August 12 at 6 PM
Rock/Pop concert with the Colorado Symphony in Larkspur, CO

Saturday, August 18 at 7 PM
Steamboat Symphony Orchestra season opener at the Strings Music Pavilion. Join us for a taste of summer in Steamboat!