Degree(s): Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, The Hartt School, 2006
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Michigan State University, 2003
Current Employment/Employer(s): Colorado Springs School District 11, Director of Bands, Sabin Middle School
Former Employment/Employer(s): The Hartt School Community Division; The Hartt School Adjunct Faculty (saxophone methods class); self-employed private studio teacher; InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; Adjunct Faculty, Boston University
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: member-The Academy Jazz Ensemble (this is the group Justin Carpenter started a few years ago. :) just started playing with them regularly- a great group! and we get to perform with John Fedchock and several other guest clinicians in a couple of weeks for the Pikes Peak Jazz Festival); founding member, the 016 New Music Ensemble in West Hartford; solo recitals; collaboration with the West End String Quartet.
Advice for Current Students: Avoid student loans like the plague and work while in school instead if you're reasonably able. Make sure you graduate with several skills other than performing, but only teach if you honestly like teaching. If you really love performing and want to make that work, be willing to commit fully, gain some business knowledge, learn to write grants, etc. Be willing to try and fail and move on. Network, but be sincere as you make those professional connections. There are gems of people all over the various musical professions-dig in and get to know them! Take advantage of your proximity to New York and Boston. Practice hard, but live life too. You need to have something to play about when you sing through your instrument.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? Colorado is amazing and the Koffman-Adsit family would be welcome to join me for a backpacking adventure here sometime. ☺ We're all grateful for you, too! I can honestly say that not a day goes by in my work that I don't teach something I learned directly from you or Glen. Love you both and hope you're well!