Giving Thanks

When you live in Las Vegas, it’s a good thing to be lucky! I don’t use my luck at the casinos, but I am grateful for the luck I’ve had in my personal life–good health, a fantastic and supportive (and beautiful) wife, and three smart, motivated (and beautiful) daughters. I’ve certainly had a lucky year professionally as well—a great season with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, terrific students at UNLV, premiering some wonderful new music, recording (looking forward to the imminent release of Francaix), and the chance to travel and perform in Europe. But the biggest game-changer was receiving the Nevada Arts Council’s Performing Artist Fellowship Project Grant Award. This is awarded to only one performing artist in the state and it allowed me to develop a new website, featuring newly recorded instructional and performance videos. A fuller description of the project is outlined in the attached video. Thank you to all the performers and engineers who participated in the project, and THANK YOU, NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL!

In addition I am grateful for the tremendous response these new videos have received. I’ve heard from people all over the world who enjoy hearing new music by American composers, and who are being helped by the information in the Oboemotions videos. Thanks to each of you who take the time to read my blog posts, or watch a video, to post a comment or a thumbs-up. I wish each of you health and happiness with your music making!