Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Alma maters: University of Michigan, Northwestern University
Musical origins: I started violin at age four but switched to horn when I was 16 because I wanted to play louder in youth orchestra.
Favorite piece to play: Anything by Strauss
Favorite obscure piece: Strauss’ Metamorphosen
Favorite composer fact: Charles Ives’ first job was working as an actuary.
Favorite musical memory: Seeing my first Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert with my dad when I was 6 and watching my then hero, Joshua Bell, play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
Favorite fact about your instrument: It’s actually a lot of natural horns looped together and controlled with valves.
Favorite non-classical band: Katatonia
Musical guilty pleasure: Metal music
What recording would you take to a deserted island: A Bear Grylls audiobook
Proudest accomplishment: Graduating college
Favorite non-musical activity: Fishing
Last book read: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Favorite painting: The Sun by Edvard Munch
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: The only thing you can control is what you do with your own time.
Time travel destination: The late Devonian Period