When I was 12, a school music teacher gave me a trumpet, which was a mystery; I couldn’t play it at all. So he then gave me a French horn, and the mystery was solved. From the start, the horn seemed a natural means of expression.
After a hiatus of 37 years of not playing horn, I now have the privilege of devoting myself full time to my instrument. Despite my horn teacher’s encouragement when young, I saw that the life of a professional musician was not for me. So I enjoyed a career that included writing on music and dance, working at the National Endowment for the Arts and at the Ford Foundation, and for 15 years serving as Executive Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Playing chamber music or being part of a chamber orchestra are the most satisfying ways for me to find my voice. While I enjoy being part of a larger symphonic ensemble, I far more enjoy performing on a smaller scale, where expression is more intimate.
The opportunity to collaborate with like-minded musicians in the preparation and performance of repertory that is always engaging and enjoyable.
Learn how to practice - rests are as important as notes; stay true to your better instincts - don’t get seduced by virtuosity for its own sake; and honor your instrument, its traditions, and the musicians who mastered it before you. They are sharing their knowledge with you as a gift to which you will add your own musical insights.
Updated March 2022