At present, my research is centered upon early-nineteenth-century cornet solos by French composers. A wealth of solo literature exists from this time period, primarily opera-based fantaisies for cornets in F or G by composers such as Schiltz, Fessy, Forestier, Gallay, and others. My goal is to typeset, edit, and publish these works in a collection for use by teachers and scholars. I recently presented my doctoral lecture recital entitled “Composer, Conductor, Cornetist: A Biography of Jean-Baptiste Schiltz (fl. 1831-1868) and a Survey of His Works for Cornet and Piano,” which featured performances of early-nineteenth-century cornet solos by Jean-Baptiste Schiltz. I have also been accepted to present at the 2017 Historical Brass Society Conference in New York City, NY on Schiltz and the work contained in my dissertation “Composer, Conductor, Cornetist: A Biography of Jean-Baptiste Schiltz (fl. 1831-1868) and a Survey of His Works for Cornet and Piano,” an updated version of which is available on this website.
I am also interested in works for trumpet and cornet by Czech and Bohemian composers. I studied the historical details of trumpet solos and brass works by Vejvanovsky, Neruda, Kail, Martinu, and Husa as the culmination of my Master’s degree and performed those same works as master’s lecture recital at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have also acquired music for two modern Czech trumpet concerti, with plans to give U.S. premiere of these works in near future.
I have a deep interest in technology as well as music, and this has also made its way into my research. I have designed and 3D printed mouthpieces and embouchure training and visualizing devices for my own practice and for use with students. I have also designed and printed custom mouthpieces for use with historical trumpets, and presented on uses of 3D printing in music and other arts at the North Dakota State University 3D Printing Showcase in October 2014. I studied music technology and recording techniques as independent study course at University of Minnesota Duluth, which included the discussion of acoustics, sound reinforcement/reproduction, and principles of recording, culminating in recording and mastering a live performance at Weber Music Hall on the UMD campus.