i am a 37-year-old violinist, trumpeter, and singer in jamaica plain, massachusetts. i have been a musician for 34 years; some of my recordings are here. i started studying suzuki violin at the age of three. i sang the lead role of amahl in amahl and the night visitors at oakland university at the age of nine. i subsequently played trumpet in the west middle school band. i studied violin with donna wiehe, who also taught nathan cole, currently the first associate violin for the los angeles philharmonic. from 1995 to 1999, i played violin in the paul laurence dunbar high school orchestra, sang in the dunbar concert choir, and played violin in the central kentucky youth orchestras and the kentucky all-state symphony orchestra. during college, i was a member of the brown university orchestra, and the brown university chorus, under the direction of fred jodry. i also studied old-time fiddle with professor jeff todd titon, and started an old-time string band, called the jerimoth hill string band.
during medical school, internal medicine residency, and infectious diseases fellowship i was largely away from music, but have recently started musically active again. i’m hoping to become a part-time conductor and am wanting to enroll at boston university, the boston conservatory at berklee, the new england conservatory of music, or harvard university, to study orchestral and choral conducting.
i plan to bring my unique background as a physician, writer, advocate, and public health leader as i begin my studies as a conductor. there are many examples of prominent physicians who also study music– for example dr. claudius conrad, a surgeon at the university of texas m.d. anderson cancer center, and dr. yeou-cheng ma, violin prodigy and medical doctor, and sister of the famous cellist yo-yo ma.
if you have heard of a medical doctor returning to music after an absence, to become a conductor, please contact me!