IU NASA 2018There’s nothing quite as fun and exhausting as a NASA conference.

These events are such an incredible opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and keep up with all of the incredible advances that saxophonists across the continent are making every day. I was privileged to perform soprano saxophone in Singelee’s Duo Concertante with my former teacher John Nichol on piano, and my friend Sean Bradley on alto saxophone. I also presented a session on publishing in The Saxophone Symposium  with my friend and brilliant assistant editor, Myles Boothroyd. I was so touched by the support of my current and former classmates in attending these events. Very sincerely – thank you!

I also heard some super cool new music by Colin Labadie (performed by my former teacher Bobbi Thompson and Ariel Kasler), Joel LoveTakuma Itoh (my soon-to-be colleague at UH!), and more. I heard amazing performances by my friends in the Kenari Quartet, Barkada Quartet, Elysian Quartet (congrats on your well-deserved quartet competition win, guys!), and countless others. I got to witness the formation of the NASA committee on the Status of Women, which is such an important step forward for our organization.

Most importantly, though, I got to reconnect with my community. NASA has provided the space for saxophonists to develop a unique voice in the world of music, to work together toward common goals, and to support each other throughout our careers. The photo here, of current and former IU students, beautifully shows how we come together as a community. I feel so lucky to be welcomed into this community at every conference, and I cannot wait for the next!

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