Hometown: Fayetteville, West Virginia
Joined the CSO in 2017
Inspiration as a musician: Everything can be an inspiration.
Favorite orchestral work: Mahler's Third Symphony, Charles Ives' "Three Places in New England," Shostakovich's "Leningrad" Symphony and anything by Haydn.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, composing, listening to great literature in Morse Code, watching Seinfeld.
How can the Orchestra make the world a better place?
I believe that individuals make the world a better place. But the orchestra does provide a unique experience of solitude/collectivity where individuals in the audience are surrounded by other people yet each one is free to roam in their own imagination uninterrupted, all to a live soundtrack of some of the greatest music ever written. No performance is the same—it’s a synthesis of what everybody in the room is bringing to the table, we musicians included. Some performances I have attended as an audience member have been pivotal moments in my life, others have been therapeutic in my immediate situation, still others have been seemingly non-impactful. The orchestra is the kind of place where there’s not even the pressure to always have a profound experience or leave with a takeaway. I like that.