absolutely killer cello-friendly clothes for women

COVID certainly normalized my utter devotion to the Leggings Lifestyle™️, but even before a vaccine was on the horizon, there were days where I woke up, looked past the volumes of stretchy stuff and searched out something more zesty. Even if I was just going to stay in and write emails but especially if I […]

March Jumble!

Been a little quiet here, but not because there’s been nothing going on. Late in February, I gave a talk to EMSO, a fabulous group of focused and hardworking amateur musicians in Minnesota. Preparing for seminars like these forces you to be concise and well considered. Putting together some PDFs to accompany the presentation, I […]

vibrato thoughts

I have had exactly one (1) student who just took to vibrato naturally, right off the bat. For everyone else, myself included, the process leans towards a months-long series of conceptual introductions, tweaks, and assessments. I teach the rotation method, albeit one that has some flexibility if students don’t respond well to it. This is […]

next up: The Inner Game of Tennis

While every text on the list will be available for open-ended discussion, the podcast and Instagram live stuff will be contemporaneous with my reading/finishing them. Next up is the classic The Inner Game of Tennis (buy it here or find it at your local library). I read it when I was in London, out of […]

much better merch!

I’m adding more stuff to the new TeePublic shop all the time. Don’t be fooled by the name: it’s not just tees (although I chose them specifically because their shirts are soft and excellent quality- I was a customer before I opened a shop there). It’s also totes, mugs, wall art, phone cases, magnets, stickers, […]

Lonely Cello Podcast!

Now streaming, wherever you get your podcasts! In case you’re not a huge listener, you can also listen to it below! Huge thanks for Dr. Whitcomb for spending some time talking shop.

first time in a long time

I started the Prokofiev sonata last week. It’s the first brand new solo work I’ve started in several years, and it’s been fun to try and apply best practices and really enrich the experience. Here is my process, thus far: Listen, away from the score. I love Misha’s playing, but honestly this is all about […]

first book of the year: effortless mastery

As part of this year of recommitment and reflection, I thought I’d pick up a book that was introduced to me as an undergraduate. Kenny Werner is a towering colossus in the jazz world, and a favorite of many music education types. As I re-read, I am so grateful I first encountered it when I […]

2021 project

2020 was a year of extremes. While my finances have rarely been so dire, I have also rarely felt so supported. With virtually everything at a standstill, a vision for what I want the middle third of my career to look like came into sharp view. While I’m waiting for the logistical side of things […]