May 5, 2021

One of the most interesting aspects of In Tandem is the workshopping process between composer and musicians. There have been some inquiries as to what a "workshop" looks like. Though these sessions vary depending on the people involved, I wanted to share one of these for those of you who might find the process interesting. [...]

February 16, 2021

One of the fun benefits of the In Tandem project is collaborating with musicians who I might not ordinarily have a chance to work with. Our next premiere, which will upload on February 25, will be Akshaya Avril Tucker’s “Dictionary of Falling Flowers” with percussionist, Maria Finkelmeier. When I told Akshaya that I was interested [...]

January 15, 2021

“Gook, Chink….Trump was right...go back to your country!” the man yelled as I waited to cross the Riverway on my way to the medical center last week.  Thankfully the light changed just as he started to stomp toward me, and I hurried across what seemed an even wider expanse of road in order to avoid [...]

Happy Holidays!

I feel fortunate to have ten wonderful composers on board the "In Tandem" project. Every time I receive a draft or finished piece in my inbox, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, eager to unwrap a surprise gift. Every duo has been a joy to dive into with my duo partner, who each [...]

November 15, 2020

At the beginning of “In Tandem”,  my focus was on ten wonderful duos from ten unique and amazing composers whose voices intrigued me in different ways.  But as I embarked on this project, I could never fathom the richness of the journey.   A part of this project is to bring to the forefront some of [...]

April 10, 2020

In March, 2020, Boston University switched to online teaching due to Covid-19. Some of the music faculty were invited to share their experiences with this new online format. After weeks of writing about the challenges adapting to technology and modifications to my teaching curriculum, the impact of the pandemic hit me on a more personal [...]

BSO Rolling Recitals

Kudos to the BSO team (Leslie Foley!) for creating performances to share in Boston in a pandemic safe way. With my colleagues, Rebecca Gitter, violist and Owen Young, cellist, we traveled by DUCK BOAT to the Boston Public Library, Ellis Memorial Center and the Clarke Showroom in Seaport to give three mini performances. Despite challenges [...]