I am happy to announce that I have officially completed my Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and have graduated from The University of Arizona! I will be moving to Athens, Georgia on August 1st to begin my studies, on a full graduate assistantship, at the University of Georgia. I will be pursuing a Master of Music in Percussion Performance with Timothy K. Adams, Jr. (former timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony) and Kimberly Toscano-Adams (former timpanist of the Tucson Symphony).
This summer has been relaxing as I've taken some time to recover from the craziness of graduation season. But, with some exciting performances on the immediate horizon, I decided it was time to jump back on my website and provide some updates for all of you!
Watch Trevor's Graduation Speech!
Speaking about such personal experiences in front of a nearly-sold-out crowd in Centennial Hall was an emotionally vulnerable experience for me. However, in the end, my speech was extremely well-received (with a surprising standing ovation!) and I am so happy to have had this experience to close out my years at The U of A!
Student Drum Recital
On Sunday, May 28th I presented a drum recital to feature the students from my private percussion studio! Five of my students, ranging in age from 5 to 18, presented solo works for drum set, timpani, two-mallet marimba, four-mallet marimba, and snare drum. Although I have been teaching since 2009, this was my first time hosting a drum recital for my students. The event was a huge success and I am so proud of the discipline and mastery these students displayed at the recital!!
Featured Performance in Northern AZ
After submitting a preliminary audition tape a few months ago, I was selected as a winner of the collegiate division of The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra's Annual Concerto Competition. As a result, I was invited to perform the Emmanuel Séjourné marimba concerto with the WMSO this past weekend. In addition to performing as the featured soloist, however, I was also asked to fill-in as a section percussionist on all the other pieces on the concert (including the Star Trek Suite, John William's Close Encounters, the Overture to Candide, and more!)
I spent two nights in Pinetop, Arizona in a beautiful home with absolutely amazing hosts. I enjoyed the cool weather, taking hikes in the mountains in-between my nightly rehearsals. The performance itself was a blast and the audience certainly appreciated the marimba concerto for its excitement and uniqueness!
You can read about the concert in the White Mountain Independent newspaper: www.wmicentral.com/news/latest_news/music-from-outer-and-inner-space-celebrates-star-trek/article_81b45274-8200-59ab-8952-9a706a550d05.html
Next Stop: British Columbia, Canada!
I'm currently writing this blog post from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport as I prepare to board my flight to Canada! For the next two weeks, I will be participating (once again) in the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Powell River, British Columbia. This year, I was invited, via full scholarship, to return to the festival as a featured marimba concerto soloist. I will also perform alongside the faculty of the festival in a New Music Concert in addition to performing as a timpanist / percussionist in the festival orchestra. Stay tuned as I share photos, videos, and stories from my two weeks at PRISMA!
Until then, check out the video below featuring highlights from last year's PRISMA festival! The scenery of Powell River is absolutely breathtaking. I can't wait to participate in this wonderful festival once again!