To my flute teachers,
Thank you for having the insight to see what I needed, even when I couldn't see it for myself. Only years down the road did I understand the value of all those Taffanel and Gaubert exercises.
Thank you for supporting me through all the auditions over the years, from 7th grade districts all the way up to the Coast Guard Band. I could have done it alone, but I did it better with your help.
Thank you for making me study all the standard repertoire: Bach, Handel, Telemann, the French conservatory pieces, the devilishly difficult Romantic composers, and all the wonderful solo flute pieces we have to choose from. You were right; they do come back into my life over and over.
Thank you for letting me find my style. Thank you for letting me love Genzmer even when no one else has ever heard of him.
My life would be different, and probably much worse, if not for you all.
Thank you to Cynthia Livingston, Berta Frank, Ken Andrews, Vanessa Mulvey, and all the coaches I encountered in chamber music, orchestra, and masterclasses. It's a large and complex web of influences that leads to me, and I'm grateful to every one of them.