I’m very excited to be joining The Orchard in this new capacity after five beautiful, gorgeous, unforgettable months with Compilations. I’m originally from New Rochelle, NY and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2008. I currently live in Sunnyside, Queens, where everything’s cheaper and the apartments are bigger.
Music has consistently been the central focus of my life. Prior to coming to The Orchard, I worked as the Operations Manager at Turtle Bay Music School for four years. If you were around for the holiday party this past December, you may or may not have seen me attempting to publicly re-teach myself how to play the violin in the Battle of the Bands. I started classical violin lessons at the age of 8, and stopped practicing once I got good enough to sit far up enough in orchestra to play the better parts, but still far back enough to goof off and not pay attention during rehearsals. This is when I tell people I started playing “jazz and bluegrass” violin, which is really code for “I stopped practicing scales and other pretty boring music and learned to have more fun with the instrument.” I took up guitar shortly after starting violin and have since played in various bands in a few different capacities, most notably along fellow Orchardites Max Horwich and Zac Meyer during our collective time at Wesleyan University.
I’m a Randy Newman fanatic, I still play video games (ladies), my brother-in-law is a professional Russian-Israeli weightlifter, I recently wrote a musical for children about a depressed turtle, and I can’t believe how the last season of Breaking Bad ended (WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG NEW EPISODES LET’S GO). These are the most interesting things about me, and if you take anything away from this email, let it be this sendoff.
Thanks to everybody for the warm reception these last few months, and I’m thrilled to be given this new opportunity!