I am just back from quite an inspiring summer teaching composition at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The natural beauty there is certainly matched by the beautiful music! I taught two classes as well as five private students, and I got to hear performances of five of my works, played by students and faculty.

My music enjoyed some international performances this summer; my TRIO FOR BRASS was performed at the Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, OF MOLLUSCS in England, HEART OF FIRE in the Czech Republic, and SONG OF THE PHOENIX in Australia.

It has been quite a year for trombone music! In June, Theodore Presser published my TWO LATIN DANCES and THE DEVIL'S DERMISH. Blue Griffin Recording released a CD with THE DEVIL'S DERMISH, from trombonist Ava Ordman and pianist Derek Kealii Polischuk, titled "It's About Time." The duo also played it at the Women's International Brass Conference at Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ.) Natalie Mannix's CD "Breaking Ground", with Stephanie Bruning, piano, came out in June as well, from MSR Classics, featuring my TWO LATIN DANCES. The playing on both CDs is exquisite, and I have to say that I am proud, and flattered, to be included on a CD with so many other fine works. And I have yet another trombone piece in the pipeline, a commission from Nicole Abissi, which she plans to perform on a recital tour in 2018.

I am looking forward to conducting again at the Linda Luebke Strings Festival (Terre Haute, IN) at the end of September, and I've been invited as the featured composer at the Indiana Music Educator's Association conference (Fort Wayne, IN) in mid-January. I will present several sessions there on my music, including conducting a reading session of my works. And in March I will head to Atlanta to give a presentation, with composers Deborah Baker Monday and Susan Day, at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conference.