Learn more about my ongoing projects!
Lanta Horn Duo
Amplifying Women's Voices
This recital-based project presents repertoire for two horns and piano composed by women from a variety of backgrounds, along with discussion of experiences that many women share in male-dominated spaces. This project includes a newly-commissioned work, Looking for a window by Alyssa Weinberg, based on the poem "The House" by Warsan Shire, about a person's experience with intimate partner violence. The project in its entirety has been presented at Utah State University (world premiere, in October 2021), the University of Iowa, Utah Valley University, Western Illinois University, and the University of Utah; excerpts have also been shared at the 2022 International Women's Brass Conference. This project was sponsored in part by Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts and Intersectional Gender Studies Program, and the International Horn Society's Meir Rimon Commissioning Fund.
Training in the Suzuki Method for Horn
The Suzuki Method is a system designed to teach very young children how to play musical instruments. The Suzuki Method began with only string instruments, and expanded to include brass in 2017. In Spring 2021, I became the 9th horn player in the world to be certified to teach using this method.
Lanta Horn Duo
Performing with a Purpose: Community Engagement that Endures
This lecture-recital presents numerous strategies and approaches for finding one's way in the space of community engagement, from approaches to engage audiences during the performance, to ways to make a more-lasting impact.
A Transcription of 4 of the 12 Flute Fantasias by Georg Philipp Telemann
This book presents transcriptions of Telemann's flute fantasias for unaccompanied horn. This project began as my doctoral dissertation, and has been presented at the International Horn Symposium, the Mid-South Horn Workshop, and Illinois State University, in addition to its original presentation at the University of Georgia.
Virtual Horn Camp 2023
This 5-day intensive online workshop will take place for the first time in June 2023. Learn more by clicking on "Teaching" in the menu bar above.
Seven Steps to a Better Horn Section
This presentation, geared towards an audience of K-12 band directors, shares solutions to the most common problems encountered among secondary-level horn players. It has been presented at state music education conferences in Utah and Idaho, and will be presented in Colorado and Oregon in January 2023.
A Pedagogical Interview with Ted Thayer
Ted Thayer was best known as principal horn in the National Symphony (USA), but also taught private lessons to many high school students who went on to very successful careers as horn players. I interviewed him in 2016, to discover his secrets of success, and this interview was published as a memorial to Ted in The Horn Call in 2020.
Research on Pedagogy of Classroom Teaching
Work in this project area includes presentations on the following topics: --Making Your 1000-Level Course a Place for Student Success --The Answer is in the Syllabus: Improving Syllabi to be Student-Centered, Inclusive, and Effective (presented in collaboration with 6 other USU facult members)
Work with El Sistema Programs
El Sistema is a Venezuelan musico-social education program that arose in the 1970s and has since spread across the world. I have worked with the following programs: --NEOJIBÁ (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil) --Various programs in/around Bogotá, Colombia --Sinfonia Azteca (Puebla, Mexico) --National Youth Orchestra (Belize City, Belize) --Sinfonía por la Vida (Esmeraldas, Ecuador) I also received formal training in El Sistema methodologies, through a fellowship in the Global Leaders Program (2013-2014). Though these activities were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to consult for El Sistema-style programs, such as Raise the Bar in Waukegan, IL.
MBA Degree and Creation of Careers in Music Class
Seeing a need not being filled by our curriculum, I created a course for music majors which allows students to learn about careers in music and develop basic entrepreneurship skills. I am currently working on getting my MBA at USU's Huntsman School of Business (anticipated graduation 2024) to improve my own knowledge in this area.