Principal, The Marion E. Glover Chair
National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite / Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks
NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood
National Symphony Orchestra: John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma
Butler University/Cleveland Institute of Music
a. Was it for music?
Butler, no. CIM, yes.
2. What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra?
The one I'm playing at any given moment.
3. Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
Yes. I get to the hall early to check the humidity, adjust accordingly and clear my timpani heads every evening before a concert.
4. Describe your favorite NSO moment:
When Jim Hewitt, the Personnel Manager, offered me the job.
5. What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, 2nd movement; Ravel Mother Goose; Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
6. Did you grow up in a musical household?
7. What did you want to be growing up?
Never really thought about it.
a. When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
My senior year at Butler.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
The park-like atmosphere, all of the free cultural activities and NFL RedZone (they didn't have it in my previous city).
9. Where is your favorite DC hangout?
District Commons and Mandu!
10. Do you have any pets?
Yes! Manny, a Tibetan Terrier.
11. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Either at home in my loft relaxing or out with my boys.
12. Favorite movie:
Coming to America
13. Favorite sports team:
GO COLTS! GO BUTLER BULLDOGS!
14. Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
My degree isn't in music; it's in Arts Administration.
National Symphony Orchestra
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210