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“That’s Not Spit, It’s Condensation” is a weekly podcast with conversations and discussions about all things music. In it, we’ll peel back the layers of what makes great musicians great, hoping to inspire others to achieve their maximum potential.http://thatsnotspit.com
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#87: David Binder

#87: David Binder

2020-11-2501:24:17

David Binder joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Second Trombone in September 2015. He previously served as Co-Principal Trombone of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Finland for three seasons and currently performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival during summers. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Tapiola (Finland) Sinfonietta. As a soloist, David has performed recitals in Finland, Switzerland, and across the US; and has won solo competitions at the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, and International Women’s Brass Conference.David received a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. The Fellowship is awarded in recognition of a demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work, and the potential to reflect, enhance, or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit. During the Fellowship year, David performed recitals of contemporary works for solo trombone and chamber ensemble.A Chicago native, he completed his Bachelor’s degree with Brass Department Honors at Northwestern University, studying with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and Randall Hawes. While at Northwestern, he was also a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and studied additionally with Jay Friedman. During his time in Europe, David travelled extensively to study with prominent trombonists on the continent, including Ian Bousfield and Jamie Williams.David has quickly become sought after as a teacher, presenting masterclasses at Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Indiana University. In Detroit he maintains a private studio and is heavily involved in the DSO Civic Youth Ensembles program, leading rehearsals and sectionals for low brass students.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#86: Wiff Rudd

#86: Wiff Rudd

2020-11-1802:16:33

Use code "Beach86" for a $5 discount on "Side By Side" through November https://wiffrudd.com/product/side-by-side-by-wiff-rudd/Wiff Rudd joined the faculty of Baylor University’s School of Music in 2002 as Professor of Trumpet and Brass Division Coordinator. From 1998-2002 he was Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, principal trumpet of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Boston Mountain Chamber Players. He served as Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1978-1985 and performed regularly with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. Wiff received music degrees from Baylor University (BME) and the University of Northern Colorado (MM). His primary mentors include Ron Fox, William Pfund, the late Michael Ewald and Larry Skinner.From 1985-1993 Wiff toured internationally with the Dallas Brass and is a founding member (1993) and manager of Rhythm & Brass. He plays with the Baylor Brass, is principal trumpet of the Waco Symphony and performs often with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, and other orchestras throughout Texas. As an active soloist, he enjoys collaborating with orchestras and bands. He has participated in numerous commissions and has been a featured artist in several Carnegie Hall concerts, the annual Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the National Trumpet Competition, and International Trumpet Guild Conferences.Wiff Rudd has performed in concert and presented clinics/master classes at more than 300 colleges, universities, and conservatories across the country and abroad. He has also appeared with Rhythm & Brass at the New York Brass Conference, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Bands of America/Music for All, the Brevard Music Center, the Great American Brass Band Festival, MENC national and regional conventions, and the Music Educators Associations of Georgia, Oklahoma, Montana, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, and New York.He has adjudicated for the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet Competition Solo Competition Finals, the Louisiana Trumpet Solo Competition, and the State Solo Contests of Oklahoma and Texas. In 2009 and 2012 he served as the judges’ chair and performed recitals for the Concurso y Festival Nacional Inter-Universitario de Trompeta in Bogotá, Colombia.His students have been enthusiastically involved with the National Trumpet Competition since 2008 in solo and ensemble divisions with multiple finalists in both. Baylor’s trumpet ensembles have placed 5th (2011), 4th (2009), 3rd (2012, 2014,2019) 2nd  (2018) and 1st (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) in the ensemble divisions of NTC. Wiff’s most current project has been writing his second book, Side by Side: Building and Sustaining an Effective Community in the Music Studio. In 2010 Wiff received Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and was named the Centennial Professor, which provided a grant for his Collaborative Practice Concepts project. His publishing company, WR Enterprises, has released Aaron Witek’s book, Gordon Mathie: The Treasured Legacy of a Master Teacher and Performer (2014), Jordan Tucker’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2015), and serves as an outlet for trumpet ensemble arrangements written for NTC competitions.Wiff is affiliated with the International Trumpet Guild, the Texas Music Educators Association, and has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1988.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#85: Chris Wilson

#85: Chris Wilson

2020-11-1101:16:23

Dr. Christopher Wilson is the Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Artist/Associate Professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University. The Journal of The Music Critics of North America described Wilson's playing as "eloquent" and "masterful" in a 2018 review. He is an active soloist and clinician and has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Japan, including multiple featured performances at International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Previously, Wilson was a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC, where he was a featured tour soloist performing the Arutunian "Trumpet Concerto." Wilson has performed for numerous dignitaries and audiences around the world, including Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama. In 2004, he performed at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. Live television broadcasts include a Veterans Day Celebration at the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, MD, which aired on PBS in 2008, and a Memorial Day performance at the National Capitol, which also aired on PBS in 2006 in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra. Wilson released New Horizons in 2013, a solo album of new, original recital pieces for trumpet. The album was featured on National Public Radio as its "delight of the week." He often performs with the Arkansas Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Memphis Symphony and the Wheeling Symphony orchestras.Wilson received his doctoral degree in trumpet performance at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he studied with Steve Hendrickson and Charles Daval. He earned a master's degree in performance and a bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Arkansas, where he studied with Wiff Rudd and Robert Bright.Wilson's students have gone on to win positions in military bands, prestigious graduate schools and have competed multiple times at the National Trumpet Competition. In addition to his teaching at Arkansas State University, Wilson has been a clinician and faculty member at the Music for All Summer Symposium; the Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy; and the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts. He teaches and performs at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Wilson is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#84: Trevor Jones

#84: Trevor Jones

2020-11-0401:09:34

Trevor's bio - https://trevorjonesbass.com/about/Scholarship roadmap - https://thescholarshiproadmap.comSupport the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#83: Guy Piddington

#83: Guy Piddington

2020-10-2801:32:42

www.guypiddington.comGuy Piddington joined the San Francisco Symphony trumpet section, occupying the Ann L. & Charles B. Johnson Chair, in 2012. He has held positions with the Metropolitan Opera and the Syracuse Symphony, and he has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Mariinsky Orchestra. He studied with Charles Geyer at the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Philip Smith.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#82: Mark Houghton

#82: Mark Houghton

2020-10-2101:23:55

Exciting news! Houghton Horns in Keller, TX will now be a sponsor for the podcast!Mark Houghton has been a member of the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Previously, he held principal horn posts in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mark is a past prizewinner of national solo horn competitions, and has appeared as a guest artist or soloist with many notable orchestras and music festivals. Mr. Houghton earned a Bachelor’s degree with a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of W. Peter Kurau. Further training included professional studies with William VerMeulen. A passionate educator, Mark has presented numerous clinics and masterclasses across the nation, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Duquesne University. As an owner of Houghton Horns, Mark is primarily involved in artistic ambassadorship, product research and development, social media, events, and strategic planning.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#81: Ashley Hall

#81: Ashley Hall

2020-10-1401:12:28

Her bio is long, read it here: https://www.ashleyhalltrumpet.com/biographySupport the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#80: Keith Benjamin

#80: Keith Benjamin

2020-10-0701:38:00

Keith Benjamin joined the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance as professor of trumpet in 1989 with a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While in New York, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and held principal chairs in three other orchestras. Current orchestra positions include principal trumpet in the Colorado MahlerFest, guest principal trumpet in Orchestra Iowa, and extra trumpet for the Kansas City Symphony.In addition to orchestral playing, Benjamin is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and is first trumpet in the Missouri Brass Quintet. His recitals frequently feature contemporary music, and he has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including compositions of Samuel Adler, James Mobberley, Peter Hamlin, Stephen David Beck, Eugene O’Brien, and many others. Recital and concert appearances in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and more than 35 states are “traveling” highlights, and Kansas City also affords him the opportunity to have a lively professional career as a commercial, studio, and lead trumpet player; recent performances have been with Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, and Idina Menzel. Benjamin has presented master classes and clinics at dozens of universities and colleges in the United States and overseas.Benjamin is partnered with Los Angeles organist Melody Steed in Clarion, a trumpet and organ duo that emphasizes twentieth-century music. The duo has released two CD recordings on Gothic Records; the second recording, Clarion: New Vintage, is comprised of five commissioned American works. The duo completed a highly successful performance tour of Hungary in summer 2006. Plans for a third CD recording of all commissions are in place, with new works by Adler and Mobberley, as well as commissions from Steven Bryant, Anthony Plog, and Adam Schoenberg.Benjamin is an artist-clinician for the Selmer/Bach companies. He makes his home in Kansas City with his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Duncan and Rowan.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
In this episode, I dive into the meaning behind my sign off for my podcast episodes, YouTube video, blog posts, and more. I hope it can serve as an encouragement to you!Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#78: Jason Haaheim

#78: Jason Haaheim

2020-09-2302:23:33

www.jasonhaaheim.comJason Haaheim (pronounced HAW-heim) was appointed a Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on television, international radio, and Live in HD movie theater broadcasts. Mr. Haaheim is on faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music and the Bard Conservatory of Music. A sought-after clinician, Mr. Haaheim gives masterclasses both nationally and internationally, and is the founder of the Northland Timpani Summit, the Deliberate Practice Bootcamp, and the Artful Timpani Auditioning seminar. He is also a frequent coach for The Orchestra Now (TON), the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO), and the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS).Mr. Haaheim’s guest principal timpanist engagements have included the All Star Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony. He is the principal timpanist of the Lakes Area Music Festival, and has also been a resident artist of the Twickenham Festival. Prior to the Met, Mr. Haaheim was principal timpanist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and he performed regularly as timpanist with the Madison Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Illinois Philharmonic.Mr. Haaheim began studying piano in 4th grade, adding percussion studies in 5th grade. He holds a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in honors-music-performance and physics from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN); he also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UC-Santa Barbara. Influential teachers have included John Tafoya (Indiana University, National Symphony), Dean Borghesani (Milwaukee Symphony), Jonathan Haas (Aspen Music Festival, NYU), and Robert Adney (Gustavus Adolphus College, MacPhail Music School). While auditioning and freelancing, Mr. Haaheim worked as a Senior Research and Development Engineer at NanoInk, a Chicago-area tech company. In this capacity, he gave invited talks on nanotechnology, authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, and was granted numerous patents. In 2017, this dual-career path was highlighted in an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s Weekend Edition.Active in many musical areas, Mr. Haaheim has also performed extensively as a chamber musician and jazz drummer. He collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma in a Civic Orchestra / Silk Road Ensemble performance, and recorded the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Terpsichore’s Dream” with members of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Haaheim has performed with Chicago’s ensemble dal niente, and premiered Ryosuke Yagi’s “Mirrors…for timpani” with the UCSB Ensemble of Contemporary Music. Other projects have included drumming for the jazz-fusion quartet “The J3 Intent” and the alt-country band “The Lost Cartographers.” At Gustavus, Mr. Haaheim was selected for the honors recital and won first place in the orchestra’s concerto competition. Extra-musical interests include backpacking and hiking, rock climbing, and both downhill and cross-country skiing.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#77: Carrie Schafer

#77: Carrie Schafer

2020-09-1601:20:07

www.wholeheartwisdom.comIn this episode, Carrie and I discuss her battle with addition to alcohol, and her journey from struggle to whole heart wisdom.www.facebook.com/wholeheartwisdomwww.instagram.com/wholeheartwisdomSupport the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#76: Matt Bronstein

#76: Matt Bronstein

2020-09-0901:32:02

matthew@axiombrass.com - Matt's email address for people to reach outwww.brasslegacy.com - home page for Brass Legacywww.brasslegacy.com/opus2number2 - newest publicationwww.brasslegacy.com/past-publications - past publications (including Matt's injury article in op. 2 no. 1)www.axiombrass.com - Axiom's website to donate or purchase CDsMatthew Bronstein, born and raised in Agoura Hills, CA, received his bachelor’s degree in Horn performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he studied with Dale Clevenger, the long-time principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A highly praised freelancer in the Chicagoland area, he spent two years as a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Montreal, Milwaukee, and North Carolina, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. His versatility has allowed him to perform with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, while also working on multiple jazz and pop recordings with such recording studios as Hinge Inc., Engine Studios, and Transient Sound Inc. His attended summer festivals include the Spoleto Music Festival, the Midsummer Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, and the Round Top Music Festival. Matthew is an avid sports fan and plays in the Midwest Suburban Baseball league on the Chicago River Bandits.Matthew performs exclusively with the Blackbinder automatic scroll app for iPads.Matthew performs exclusively on Mutec Mutes.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#75: Josh Jones

#75: Josh Jones

2020-09-0201:18:56

Josh's website - www.drummojo.comJosh's Instagram - www.instagram.com/joshjonesdrumsA native of Chicago, Illinois, Josh Jones started hitting things at age 2 and received his first drum set at age 3. Josh began his formal studies in percussion with the Percussion Scholarship Program under the direction of Chicago Symphony member Patricia Dash, and Chicago Lyric Opera member Douglas Waddell. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music from DePaul School of music and was the orchestra fellow of both the Detroit and Pittsburgh symphonies. Before his appointment to the Kansas City Symphony, he was the principal percussionist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Josh has been featured at Carnegie Hall, on radio and television, and has had two short documentaries made about his musical development and experience. He also authored a percussion method book series, “Spatial Studies for Hitting Things”, and writes musical and philosophical blogs on his website, drummojo.com. Josh really enjoys giving back to the community as well as mentoring young musicians and traveling.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#74: Austin Pancner

#74: Austin Pancner

2020-08-2601:08:15

Austin's Website - https://www.thefunctionalmusician.comAustin's Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/the_functional_musician/Austin Pancner is an Indiana-based bass trombonist dedicated to solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. Austin serves as the principal bass trombone of the Terra Haute Symphony Orchestra, has appeared regularly with regional orchestras in Indiana, and has performed as a soloist with regional bands across Indiana and Wisconsin. In 2018, he was an American Trombone Workshop Division III finalist. As a teacher, Austin runs an active middle school and high school low brass studio. His students have seen success at ISSMA state solo and ensemble and several have gone on to be accepted into prestigious undergraduate music programs. Currently, Austin is pursuing a Doctor of Music in bass trombone at Indiana University. Before switching to bass trombone, he received a Performers Diploma and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University as well as a Bachelor of Music at Carthage College. Notable teachers include Denson Paul Pollard, Carl Lenthe, Pete Ellefson, Dee Stewart, and Paul Von Hoff. Outside of music, Austin enjoys pursuing topics in musician health and wellness. He holds certifications in personal training and corrective exercise from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a nutrition coach certification from Precision Nutrition, and is currently working on a Functional Movement System certification. With these certifications, Austin offers resources to help musicians build the tools needed to build an indestructible posture and prolong their performing careers.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#73: Maya Stone

#73: Maya Stone

2020-08-1901:31:15

Maya Stone is a champion of music. She has commissioned and premiered several works by American composers. Recent projects include solo bassoon in Black Gospel Music, which includes collaborating with the composers Raymond Wise, Mark Lomax and William Menefield.Stone gives recitals and master classes around the U.S. regularly. She has been a member of the Sphinx Orchestra since 2008, and won the second bassoon position with the Huntsville Symphony in 2007. She has played at the International Double Reed Society Conference, and performs regularly with orchestras around the South East. She is also a member of the Rushes Ensemble, which performs Michael Gordon’s piece of the same name; and Chatterbird, an alternative new music group that is unique to the Nashville, TN region.Dr. Stone maintains an active teaching schedule whether in the academic or private setting. She held full-time professorships at universities in Tennessee, Ohio and Missouri from 2004-2013. For Spring 2019, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She also teaches a private studio of woodwind students in Nashville and Huntsville. In addition to teaching and freelancing, Maya enjoys serving on the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Executive Board as a Member At Large. She has served as the ROPA Delegate for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Players Association, and currently serves as the Alternate Delegate.Dr. Stone received her D.M.A. in bassoon performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, an M.M. in bassoon performance and woodwind specialty from Michigan State University in 2003, and a B.M. in music education from SUNY Potsdam in 2001. Her teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Frank Wangler.Maya moved back to the South East a few years ago, and is thrilled to be living there again. She loves the green, rolling hills, the mountains, and the crisp sun so prevalent in the region. You can follow Maya on her facebook music page: www.facebook.com/mayastonestudio.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
Minnesota native, Grant Johnson, joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as Assistant Librarian in 2019. He came to Pittsburgh after serving two years as Assistant Librarian with the Phoenix Symphony. Johnson has also held positions with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble and Aspen Music Festival. Additionally, he has worked in the libraries of the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and St Paul Chamber Orchestra. Johnson is an active member of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA).Grant Johnson’s musical career began at an early age, starting violin at age four, piano at six, and organ in college. At age ten he became a member of the renowned Minnesota Boychoir, and with them toured and recorded extensively. As a violinist Johnson has played with many orchestras, including the Phoenix Symphony, and was concertmaster for multiple orchestras while in school at the University of Minnesota. With a passion for early music and historically informed performances, Johnson specializes in baroque organ music and has appeared as a featured performer for the American Guild of Organists.An avid supporter of the arts, Johnson was Vice President of the Young Musicians of Minnesota, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting classical music for young musicians. With them, he has been published and featured as a guest on Minnesota Public Radio.In his free time, Johnson likes to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. His hobbies include rock climbing, Nordic skiing, trail running, cycling, tennis, and birding. He also likes to cook, travel, and attempting to golf.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#71: Jarrett McCourt

#71: Jarrett McCourt

2020-08-0501:14:17

Crisis Textline - text 741741 to be connected with someone to talk to anytime, day or nightNational Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255Jarrett’s playing has been called “magnificent” by the Palm Beach Daily News and “warm, romantic and seamless” by the South Florida Classical Review. Jarrett has performed with a number of different high-level ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Jarrett has performed under classical conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Simon Rattle, Susanna Mälkki and Peter Eötvös, as well as alongside jazz heavyweights such as Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Bergeron and Nicholas Payton.Jarrett has won several international competitions, including the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, the Marta Hidy Competition for Brass in Toronto, and concerto competitions across Canada and the U.S. Most notably, he won the top prize in the brass category of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal’s prestigious Standard Life Competition in 2014, becoming the first tubist to do so in the competition’s 75-year history. Additionally, Jarrett was a finalist in the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition (the inaugural year for brass participants) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the only North American tubist to participate in the live rounds. Jarrett has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, the University of Western Ontario Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, and the London Concert Band. During the summers, Jarrett has performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. Jarrett was recently a guest on the popular Brass Junkies podcast, speaking largely about ways to improve one’s mental health as a musician in the 21st century. In his spare time, Jarrett volunteers with the Crisis Text Line, a global not-for-profit organization providing free crisis intervention and suicide prevention via SMS message.As an educator, Jarrett was formerly on faculty at New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College, and has also served on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of the United States and at Expressions Music Academy in Troy, Michigan.He earned a Bachelor of Music (Tuba Performance) with a minor in Ethics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 2013 and two Masters degrees (one in Tuba Performance and the other in Chamber Music) at the University of Michigan in 2015. His principal teachers have been Brent Adams, Dennis Nulty, Fritz Kaenzig, Craig Knox, Warren Deck and Gene Pokorny. Jarrett is a Miraphone Artist and performs on the 1281 Petrushka F Tuba.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#70: Greg Hix

#70: Greg Hix

2020-07-2901:05:26

Born and raised in San Diego, Greg Hix currently serves as the Artist Liaison for the San Francisco Symphony. Prior to that, he was the Manager of Artistic Operations for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY. He was a full-time member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, where he was able to sub on several occasions. He has an MM in horn performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Gail Williams, Bill Barnewitz, and Jon Boen. Greg also holds a BA in horn performance from UCLA where he studied with Brian O’Connor, Christopher Cooper, and Patrick Sheridan.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#69: Micah Wilkinson

#69: Micah Wilkinson

2020-07-2201:31:34

Get Micah's new book! (Don't forget to enter SPIT2020 at checkout to receive 10% off) - https://www.micahwilkinson.com/bookofsolosSign up for Micah's fundamentals workshop! - https://www.micahwilkinson.com/registerMicah Wilkinson has enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral musician, soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. He was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Manfred Honeck in September 2017. Wilkinson came to the Pittsburgh Symphony from the San Diego Symphony, where he served as Principal Trumpet for three years. He previously held positions with the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and the Tucson Symphony. He performed recently in subscription programs as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. Professional summer festival appearances have included the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Sun Valley Festival, Cabrillo Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Astoria Music Festival, where he was a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. He performed to rave reviews as a featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony, recognized for his “complete confidence and refreshing catalogue of contrasting colors” (San Diego Story).He is an accomplished teacher, clinician, and chamber music coach. In the summers, he has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and Round Top Festival Hill Institute in Round Top, TX. He also has served on the faculties of the University of Houston and Portland State University, and has presented master classes all over the world.Wilkinson grew up in Norcross, Georgia. A proud graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, he pursued additional studies at Arizona State University and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. His primary teachers include Martin Hodel, David Hickman, Larry Black, and Anthony Plog. He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife Stefani, a professional oboist; their beautiful daughters Eleanor and Amelia; and their goofy Basset Hound Barber.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
#68: Ethan Bensdorf

#68: Ethan Bensdorf

2020-07-1501:22:52

Ethan Bensdorf joined the New York Philharmonic’s trumpet section on June 3, 2008, after spending the 2007–08 season as acting assistant principal trumpet with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Naples, Florida. He received his bachelor of music degree from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Christopher Martin. While a student at Northwestern, Mr. Bensdorf spent two years performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and also performed with the New World Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary ensemble, MusicNOW. In May 2005, Mr. Bensdorf was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts representing Northwestern University as part of “The Conservatory Project” recital series. In September of 2006, Mr. Bensdorf received the Armando Ghitalla International Trumpet Classic Award, which included solo appearances with the United States Coast Guard Band and the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. He also spent two summers as a participant in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; one summer at the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland; and was selected as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summers of 2006 and 2007, where he received the Voisin Trumpet Award.Support the show (https://thatsnotspit.com/support/)
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