Over the course of several months in 2016, I had the honor of performing, recording, and subsequently being offered the position of Principal Timpanist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While it was very difficult to close the door on a new musical opportunity, I've decided to remain with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
I offer my deep appreciation to the personnel staff, the production team, and the stage crew in Minnesota for planning and executing a great audition and making my weeks with the orchestra run smoothly. I'm also grateful to Osmo Vänskä and the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra - especially the members of the percussion section - for making me feel welcome and for providing me with a several memorable and rewarding musical experiences.
While having to choose between two organizations poised for bright futures and made up of talented musicians and great people is the epitome of a good problem to have, it was an extremely tough decision, and I'm indebted to the many people who offered support and advice.
I look forward to continued growth and success with my colleagues at the DSO and send my sincere best wishes for the same to those in the Minnesota Orchestra.