Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hello!!

Welcome to my Blog! I am so glad you are here. This blog is going to be about music and learning to play music. There is so much exciting new information out there about how we learn. I know that all of us musicians are still students and still learning no matter how advanced we are. My hope is that we can spark a conversation and learn from one another.

A little about me, I am Choral Director and a Cellist. I grew up in Montgomery AL and began playing the cello at age 11 while in the 6th grade. The next year I began singing in my youth choir and the rest is history. I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. I am a certified k-12 instrumental teacher in the state of Missouri and Alabama and am currently working on my Master's in Music education from Auburn University in Auburn Alabama. I am also currently working at St. Martin's Episcopal Church as the Music Director their for the Adult Choir and Handbell Choir. You can Check out some of the stuff I have done with Blue Galaxy String Project in Birmingham AL and a recording I made, Amazing Grace with the Cathedral church of the Advent 5 O'clock Band also in Birmingham AL.

I live in St. Louis MO now and Love it! I am here with my fiance Julia Sakharova, who is a violinist. She plays with the Arianna String Quartet.

So that's a bit about me. There will be more to come about about playing and practicing. That is where I would like the conversation to go in this first installment of the Blog. So introduce yourself and tell us what you do to practice and prepare a piece.

Thanks for Visiting!! I am excited about this and what we will learn from one another.

Clay