Tuesday, June 11, marked the date of my Senior Tuba Performance Recital / Masterclass and the final step of earning my undergraduate degree in Tuba Performance. The event was exhilarating, and extremely fun. Getting a chance to collaborate again with the masterful pianist Kayla Paulk, and for the first time with renowned soprano Lauren Cook, was a true delight. The recital took place during the annual Choir Camp at Eastern New Mexico University. The majority of attendees were choir directors, choir students, and university professors. I felt that I not only played well, but that the experience was electric and educational for all. It truly was a special afternoon! The fact that it was followed shortly thereafter by great company and good drinks is merely “icing on the cake”!
I was also extremely fortunate to have the photographical (that is totally a word) skills of Ms. Sarah Proctor. Her work has always been clear, exceptional, and intense. Ms. Proctor managed to catch some of these great moments from and after the masterclass recital:
[Ms. Lauren Cook singing the soprano part to Rodger Vaughan’s “Three Songs for Soprano and Tuba”]
[Myself and Ms. Cook post-recital]
[Left to right: Lauren Cook, myself, and Kayla Paulk – I seem to be the only one who knows how to work a camera!]