Degree(s): BSE Acoustical Engineering and Music, The Hartt School/University of Hartford, 2010
MM Incomplete – I attended one semester at Boston Conservatory pursuing a Master’s Degree of Saxophone Performance
Current Employment/Employer(s): Cross-Spectrum Acoustics Inc. (Sept 2014-present) – small acoustical consulting firm that specializes in environmental and transportation noise and vibration consulting services.
Former Employment/Employer(s): Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH) (Jan 2011-Sept 2014) Approximately 30-40 person environmental services company. I worked as an acoustical consultant in the rail group specializing in transportation noise.
Current and/or Former Creative Projects:
*Nothing too serious going on with projects, but I am currently or have been working on a few recording projects – one on sax and two on kalimba.
*I do play in bar bands/wedding bands/whatever gig I get asked to do – I try to never say no to an invite to play. But honestly, I very rarely play classical music anymore because it frustrates me beyond words to not be able to sound how I would like to sound. I simply do not have the time to get back to the level of playing that I was at during undergrad and grad school. I know that one day I will get back there, but now is not that time.
Advice for Current Students: If I had the chance to do college all over again, I would choose the exact same path that I took – acoustics and music at UHart. I am very happy with my career. However, I wish that someone really got my attention during college and told me, “this may be the best that you will ever be at your instrument." I feel like I heard things like that from teachers, but I guess it never really hit home. During college, it felt like I would be surrounded by musicians and practice rooms and ensembles and music libraries and nightly live concerts for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, that’s not how it goes. And that’s not just from a lawyer or engineer - I even hear that from friends of mine who went the music ed route. Music school is like a fantasy world – I don’t care how tired you are, you will never get the chance to redo it, so get the most out of those musicians and practice rooms and ensembles and music libraries and nightly live concerts while you can.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? I travel all over the country for work making noise and vibration measurements. I get to go to a lot of great cities, meet tons of interesting people, and work on an impressive variety of projects. I basically live out of a suitcase, but I make my own hours and work wherever there is an internet connection.