Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!
Colleges attended: Memphis State University and Western Illinois University
Most influential musical teachers: Robert Koper, Russell Pugh, Ronald Tyree and members of The Camerata Quintet
First Season with the MSO: August 1976
Teaching Positions: Southwest Tennessee Community College, University of Memphis and the Governor’s School for the Arts
As a Chamber Musician: Many chamber groups in Memphis throughout the years
Notable achievements: I have Designed online and tele-web music appreciation courses for Southwest Tennessee Community College. Hundreds of my students have been introduced to the symphony by way of these classes. Grants that were fund through the Greater Memphis Arts Council:
1) Notes On Notes (high school students received college credit through dual enrollment while attending symphony concerts and were coached by local music critics on how to write music reviews.)
2) Student musicians were paired in ensembles with professional musicians and performed at senior citizen homes.
3) Junior high students studied math, reading, writing and music theory using the MAC computer.
Favorite Memphis restaurant: Any place that’s clean and that serves good and healthy food.
Describe your family and pets: I have several aquariums, both saltwater and freshwater.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go: Anywhere there’s a beach
Favorite hobby: Relaxing with the thermostat on low (No pressure)
Age you started your instrument: 15
What inspired you to make music your career: It just kind of happened, and it turned out to be fun.
Favorite piece of music: Anything by Mozart or Brahms