Hello and thanks for taking a look at my blog! I’m a musician from Maryland who loves to write and learn new things, especially regarding technology and history.

My primary job is as Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), where I conduct the college orchestra. Between 1997 and 2014 I was the Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, a semi-professional community orchestra in Central Maryland. As a professional trumpeter, I have performed with several groups including the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore’s Bach Concert Series, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Bach Sinfonia, the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band.

I have written two books about the trumpet, Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press, 2014) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and several articles and reviews in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and have served on the ITG’s Editorial Committee (as an article reviewer) since 2009. My articles have also appeared in the Heritage Band Encyclopedia, the Conductors Guild Journal, Alta Musica, and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music.


  1. Elisa:
    Enjoyed watching the performances on Utube, the sound and video quality are quite good. You are missing all the fun here with the Artic-like weather, oh well. I know it will be hard to leave that wonderful place at Paderdon. We look forward to having you back. Have a safe trip.

  2. Hi,
    Realy liked your video about the development of the horn! It’s a great educational material. I don’t remember seeing any video like this about the horn.

    Could you please open the possibility to add translations? Would really like to show this to my horn students…

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