Opera Without Words – Character Development in Mozart Flute Concerti in D Major and G Major
Canadian Flute Association Convention
University of Toronto, June 19, 2015
This paper addresses the various compositional techniques used in Mozart’s flute concerti that depict masculine and feminine “characters” in the flute solo line and how these “characters” interact with one another to create an instrumental opera without words.  In this regard, Mozart shows us that music does not necessary need a libretto to convey intricate relationships between multiple characters.

Breaking Point – Musicians and Professional Burnout
College Music Society – Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
University of Montana, April 11-12, 2014
Presentation on the many definitions of “burnout,” the symptoms of burnout, the personality traits that attract burnout. Explores possible solutions to burnout and outlines the differences between being “stuck” and being in a state of “burnout,” arguing that a musician that is simply “stuck” may find other ways to quickly improve conditions before reaching the critical stage of burnout.

Technicolor Score – Using Color as a Tool for Score Preparation
College Music Society – Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
University of Montana, April 11-12, 2014
Demonstrates how one can utilize color within a score, simply by creating markings with colored pencils, to delineate changes in tone color (using two types of color spectrums), categorize variances in articulation, dynamics, tempo changes, and style (making alterations easy to anticipate with a quick glance), and outline the principal notes in each phrase in a Shenkerian style background/foreground analysis.

Rebellious Reinterpretations
College of Liberal Arts Graduate Students Symposium
University of Nevada-Reno, February 22, 2014
This paper asserts that subsequent editions of the Altès Méthode, such as Barrère’s Twenty-six selected studies for the flute, misrepresent the original intent of the work as a pedagogical tool that, by our own modern educational standards, promotes a systematic and intrinsically rewarding approach to flute study. It is therefore necessary to determine whether the originality of an editor appropriately conveys a compromise between the basic intent of the composer and the need to outline something new within the music.

All the World’s a Stage…Even the Courtroom
Guest Lecture, UC Davis King Hall Civil Rights Clinic Seminar
University of California, Davis, December 5, 2013
Presentation of the principles of the Alexander Technique and its usefulness to courtroom preparation. Series of five exercises including the traditional lay down, reverse lay down, the mirror exercise, the wall exercise and a visualization exercise centering on inhibition of habitual tendencies and direction of proper use.


Misrepresentations  – A Comparative Analysis of the Altès Méthode  and Subsequent Reinterpretations
An examination of the Méthode pour Flûte by Henri Altès and the manner in which subsequent editions  of the work deviate from the pedagogical objectives set forth in the  original 1880 edition.  DMA Paper Abstract

Who’s the Boss? Perceptions of Conductor Effectiveness Among Professional Orchestral Performers (In Progress)
This article recreates a survey taken by Ward Woodbury for the Journal of Research in Music Education in 1955 regarding performer perceptions of the musical, physical and personal traits that define a “good conductor.” The older mail survey has been updated to an online survey model. The article focuses on changes in perceptions over the course of 65+ years and the role gender has played in these changes.

Understanding Burnout – Causes, Effects, Symptoms and Remedies (In Progress)
This article defines burnout from the perspective of outside professions (including but not limited to health care, education, law), focusing on how causes, effects, symptoms and remedies can be applied to both professional and student musicians to prevent and alleviate burnout at critical junctions in a musician’s career.

Technicolor Score – Score Preparation for the Solo and Orchestral Performer (In Progress)
This article discusses different ways to prepare a score prior to rehearsal and performance from both the solo and large group perspectives. Subsections include topics such as tone color, re-writing passages in compound/complex time signatures, phrasing indication and background/foreground identification.

Minnesota Nice – Irish Music Ethnography, January-May 2009
Examines the musical and extramusical interactions between Irish musicians, written from a classically trained perspective. Field work conducted at Keegans Irish Pub, Minneapolis, MN.


  1. Your DMA paper on Altes methods is a brilliant bit of detective work and very interesting and important for all flutists to read and head.

  2. I’m late to discovering this very interesting paper on Altes and how his original work has become obscured. This is a prototype for so much pedagogical information that needs to come to light. Would love to read the whole paper, if possible, thankyou so much in advance.

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