Auxiliary Instruments Galore!

This has been an absolute amazing spring so far! My biggest highlight over the past few months has definitely been performing the opera Elektra with the Dallas Opera on basset horn. Elektra is 100 minutes solid of excitement and incorporates one of Strauss' biggest orchestra orchestrations with 111 players in the pit. My husband was also performing on Wagner tuba so we have had quite the auxiliary instrument party at our house! Speaking of auxiliary instruments, I also recently purchased a new contrabass clarinet, stay tuned for what projects await this new instrument. 

While the opera took up quite a bit of time, there were many other performances that I was still able to take part in. I performed with the Dallas Symphony for some concerts with their woodwind quintet and for some fun pops concerts featuring the music of Queen. I performed in educational concerts for both Dallas Winds and the Irving Symphony for prospective new band members, and I even had a featured solo at our last Allen Philharmonic concert on Eb clarinet and it was so much fun! Here's a tiny clip from the dress rehearsal: 

Coming up, I am delighted to give a masterclass this coming Friday March 8th at noon at Oklahoma City University. This event is free and open to the public so please join us if you are in the area. Thank you to Buffet-Crampon for sponsoring this wonderful event! I will also be returning to the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra next month to work with their students in a masterclass and do not forgot about our amazing Clearly Clarinet Camp that is being held this summer. Greg Raden will be our special guest artist and you will not want to miss this event!