I'm a big big big fan of classical music, and am very involved in a number of musical projects. I play oboe and English horn, and although the double reed life is sometimes frustrating, I love it! Most recently I've been taking some stabs at conducting, and have begun learning the trumpet.
I'm currently a social chair of the MIT Symphony Orchestra, for which I've played oboe and English horn since arriving. You can watch some past performances here, including most recently a concert featuring Shostakovich Symphony No 5.
I also play in the PATHOS Ensemble, a chamber ensemble some friends of mine began in Spring 2016. For our first concert, I played English horn in Schoenberg Kammersymphonie No 1. Last semester, I played Oboe I in a chamber version of Beethoven Symphony No 3.
For the past year I have played in a wind quintet at MIT through the Chamber Music Society.
Most recently, I began a program to offer students a chance to get practice conducting small ensembles. These small rehearsals are an hour-long and rather informal. We gather some musicians (mostly from MIT) twice a week to conduct under students' batons. Our current roster consists of four student conductors, and the repertoire constantly changes, but is typically easy to sight read. Over the past semester, I have conducted excerpts from Mozart Symphony No 24, Elgar Enigma Variations, and Dvorak Symphony No 9 Movement 1.
These are a few of my favorite things... In some sense, this list is also tailored to pieces I think others might like even if they're not very into classical music. Eventually this will be filled out with links to my favorite recordings.
This will be updated eventually, perhaps with pictures and travel adventures and links to other things I like.