Principal Timpani, Marcia & John Goldman Chair

SFS member since: 1994

Hometown:  Columbia, MO

Music schools you attended: Saint Louis Conservatory, Juilliard School

Began playing music: At age 4       

Musical inspirations: My parents

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: Airline pilot, veterinarian, ichthyologist

Favorite composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert

Favorite works featuring my instrument: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9; Nielsen, Symphony No. 4; Brahms, Symphony No. 1; Strauss, Burleske

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Exercise, biking, jogging, working out, cooking, spending time with family

On my CD player/iPod: Turbo Weekend, Ray Charles, Ink Spots, Wanda Jackson
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Bike riding, exploring my neighborhood (Mission District)

Plus: I am currently writing a book about the timpani parts in the Mahler symphonies. I’m premiering a solo piece commissioned by MTT and composed by Alex Orfaly with the New World Symphony in Miami.


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