Sun, Siegfried, and SAAM

Hello everyone! It's been a very, very busy few weeks, so I'll jump right in with my recent activities and what's next!

In February, I auditioned for the Jacksonville Symphony! While I did not advance, I enjoyed the opportunity to prepare and perform for a panel in a gorgeous hall, receive helpful and constructive comments, and spend some quality time in sunny Florida with some amazing hornists from Indiana University! The warm weather and sunshine didn't hurt either. . . :)

An afternoon in sunny St. Augustine.

I also recently performed principal on Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" with Classical Revolution RVA. This organization brings classical music to unlikely spaces, and this performance was definitely something new for me. We performed at the Balliceaux in Richmond, and it was a fantastic experience. The Wagner was preceded by a series of talented chamber groups, and I was fortunate to be in the woodwind quintet performing a work by local composer, John Negri. Overall, it was a wonderful night with wonderful music performed by wonderful musicians for a wonderful audience. Check out a brief Instagram post below for a clip of the performance!

The venue for the Classical Revolution RVA performance: Balliceaux, Richmond, VA

Next up: recital tour!! I am incredibly excited to share this incredible program at my alma mater, Virginia Tech, and my current graduate school, Indiana University.

As my posters state, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM); however, for survivors, we are constantly aware of our trauma and how it impacts our daily lives. The world is full of reminders and triggers for trauma, and I am thankful that the month of April is dedicated to promoting awareness for the struggle and bravery of survivors. My recital is one of many events during this month, and I want to encourage you, wherever you are, to check out local SAAM events and consider getting involved in some capacity. Together, we can help put an end to sexual violence.

I want to leave you with a link to an incredibly moving piece by "No More" ally and Law and Order: SVU actor, Raúl Esparza, who shares the incredibly important role that adults play in preventing and helping children in situations of sexual violence. Please check out his powerful message here, and consider what you can do to say "no more" or "no más" as an adult in your community.

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