HOMETOWN: Spokane, WA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I'm the principal timpanist of the Spokane Symphony, and spend quite a bit of my non-performance time on Union / musician advocacy work. I also teach percussion privately and in an adjunct capacity.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: In High School, I attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, from which I was more or less "recruited" to join the BU percussion studio led by BSO timpanist, Tim Genis. Before moving to Spokane for the timpani position there, I attended Tanglewood as a percussion fellow, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra, as Timpanist. CAREER INSPIRATION: I was inspired to become a percussionist by my best friend tapping his pencil in study hall. When I later fell desperately in love with many of the great classics of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Stravinsky, and others, I was ripe for the conversion.
MUSICAL TASTES: Other than most things Classical, I love The Police, Young the Giant, and all sorts of "World Music", Jazz, and on and on. Basically if it's good, it's worth listening to.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Probably practicing Labor or Intellectual Property Law.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: Practicing Intellectual Property Law.
BRITT HISTORY: This is my (gulp) 13th season!
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: Eating at New Sammy's.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: Probably our performance of Carl Nielsen's Symphony no. 4 in 2005. I love the piece, and it has a totally crazy timpani part (in a good way).
HOME ORCHESTRA: Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Texas Philharmonic
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M.E. from Henderson State University, M.M. from the University of Texas and a Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University.
BRITT HISTORY: Since 2001
*Adam Wallstein, Principal (Spokane, WA)
Alex Wadner, Acting Principal (St. Louis Park, MN)
Tony Edwards, Principal (Pflugerville, TX)
George Nickson (Sarasota, FL)
Chad Crummel (Hyogo, Japan)
Joel Panian (Jacksonville, FL)
Chris Riggs (Chicago, IL)
Theresa McCoy, Extra (Central Point, OR)
Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, Extra (Bronx, NY)
*On leave for 2017 Season
+Orchestra Member for 20 or more years