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I grew up in coastal Virginia in the sixties. My parents were working class folks with a love for literature and music, so there were always good books to read and good classical records to listen to. My first real love was Beethoven and I knew his 6th symphony from start to finish before I was old enough to start trumpet in 6th grade. Trumpet was a gas for me because it was the first thing in school that I was really good at. I knew early on that music would be the focus of my life. In college I played in school ensembles and local orchestras. It was great playing the symphonies and masses of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, as well as some great chamber music from many centuries. To this day one of my fondest memories was of performing Bach’s Mass in B minor with Norfolk’s A-team of musicians and singers. My love for Baroque music would lead me to the recorder. I left Virginia to study in Boston over 25 years ago and now I’m pretty well camped-out here. Music is the most powerfully emotional art. I believe this is so because we become so physically involved in it. Sound in time works the way our bodies work: breathing, pulsing, walking and dancing. Being involved in making music is necessary and innate in everybody. I never expect that my students will make music their life’s work. My greatest hope is that, by their own work and discovery, they will feel the thrill of being bodily involved in this art of uniting sound with time.
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