Brazil Tour 2015

Cartaz - Joinville

This summer I had the opportuniy to travel to Brazil and perform five concerts in four different cities with pianist Gabriel Neves Coelho. We presented a recital of 20th and 21st century American works in Porto Alegre, Caxias do Sul, Joinville, and Curitiba – music by Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, William Bolcom, and Benjamin Krause.

If you haven’t been to Brazil yet, I would highly recommend it. The current exchange rate between US dollars and the Brazilian real will also make your trip financially possible. Following our concerts, we spent a few days in Rio de Janeiro. Check out this view from next to “Christ the Redeemer:”

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Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin? : Planet Money : NPR

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin? : Planet Money : NPR

I’m playing with Joshua Bell and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra this week and looked up some history on Mr. Bell’s famous violin. I came across this story on NPR discussing experiments in which modern instruments were compared with old Stradivarii and the results were not as expected. In fact, in many cases, purchasing a more modern violin will not only save you money, but also give you a better tone!

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Oregon Multimedia Project

The Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation ran an article on the new works for violin and piano I commissioned from Benjamin Krause and J. M. Gerraughty last year. Check it out here:
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Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation – 2013 Scholarship & Grant Recipients

Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation – 2013 Scholarship & Grant Recipients.

Recognition on Mu Phi Epsilon’s website regarding the two grants I was awarded last year. The funds are currently being used to commission new works for violin and piano to be presented in a multimedia performance sometime in 2014.

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Why is the violin so hard to play?

Learning a musical instrument to a high level is extremely difficult, and the violin is no exception! Take a look at this article which discusses the difficulties of bowing with respect to the physical oscillations of the string:

http://plus.maths.org/content/os/issue31/features/woodhouse/index

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Upgrading Your Practice Habits | The Musicians Way Blog

Upgrading Your Practice Habits | The Musicians Way Blog.

Keeping to a schedule is most effective when also using a practice journal. Purchase a quality journal that you will enjoy writing in and write down your thoughts during each practice session. Make notes about the key to technical difficulties in your repertoire as well as goals for future practice sessions. Being organized, and having a purpose, will help you get the most out of each practice session.

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Baroque Violin Recital!

I’ve just been asked to perform my first recital on baroque violin as part of the Oregon Bach Festival’s elderhostel program. This program provides educational opportunities for the elderly through the University of Oregon and collaboration with OBF.

The recital will be July 13th at 9:30 AM in Collier House on the UO campus, and will feature works by J.S. Bach, Uccellini, Fontana, and others.

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