Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Musicians Dystonia Live-Stream Talk: Guest tubist Adam Stevens

Musicians Dystonia Live Talk with Adam Stevens (Tuba) on Focal Embouchure Dystonia!
#focaldystonia #embouchuredystonia #handdystonia #dystoniaawareness #musiciansdystonia 

Musicians Dystonia Live-Stream Talk: Guest Percussionist Callaghn Soligram

Musicians Dystonia Live Talk with drummer Callaghn Soligram! Apologies for my computer crashing half-ways through. Thank you Callaghn for a great interview and for sharing your journey!! <3
#focaldystonia #embouchuredystonia #handdystonia #dystoniaawareness #musiciansdystonia

Brother-in-law Celebrates on Trumpet!

My brother-in-law Mario Pesacreta celebrating easter with his trumpet today! 🎺🎵🐰🐣
(Update: We just realized it isn't easter today!!! So funny! Still sounds great and was a good day!!! 😄)

Subtypes of Motor Impairments in Musicians by Katherine Butler

Subtypes of Motor Impairments in Musicians by Katherine Butler

Call for Interviews on Focal Dystonia

Time to Skype!

New Photos from Sweet Dahlia Photography

Very sweet of my sister Alison Pesacreta to print the photos she took of me. She runs her own photography business with her husband, it's called Sweet Dahlia Photography. I love them!! Attempting a collage...♥️

New Headshots

Orchestra Rehearsal and Nephews

Well. Our orchestra concert was cancelled earlier this week. But I think Nathan is happy he doesn't have to tag along with his mom, dad, and auntie (me) to rehearsal all the time. Kind of nice having a break though and keeps everyone safe. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Proposal Accepted for IHS 52


I received my proposal acceptance letter yesterday. The lecture "Focal Embouchure Dystonia Rehabilitations: Retraining Strategies" will be on Friday, August 7th at the 52nd International Horn Symposium at the University of Oregon (Eugene).

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Focal Dystonia Panel at the New York Flute Fair


Focal Dystonia Panel at the New York Flute Fair!!!! I love it! So wonderful seeing what I believe is the first panel discussion on this disorder at a music/instrumental event ever.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Motivational Listening: Brahms Horn Trio - Andante


Hands down, my absolute favorite recordings of this movement! Always has been! Always will be!!! (Barry Tuckwell)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

To Be Like Bamboo...


I don't think I have a spirit animal, but I do have a spirit plant. It's bamboo - as it is very strong, yet bends, making it capable of surviving immense hardship where most other mighty trees and plants would break. To me it signifies great strength and perseverance.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

NY Flute Fair: Focal Hand Dystonia and the Working Musician - Panel discussion with Stephanie Mortimore, Dr. Steven Frucht, Eric Phinney, and Abhik Mukherjee. Moderated by Caity Massoud.


Thank you Stephanie Mortimore, Dr. Frucht, Eric Phinney, and Abhik Mukherjee, for making such a huge stride in the area of Focal Hand Dystonia awareness and open communication with the public. This has to be the first panel of musicians with dystonia joining together at a conference to share their insight and experience. What progress!!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

My Twin Sister Playing Trumpet at Church!


My beautiful and talented twin sister rehearsing for today's church service! I am sad that I am stuck at work missing her performance!!! I love hearing her play and seeing her do what she loves! It also warms my heart seeing my nephew Nathan being a goofy kid. Love my family so much!!! 🎺✨🎺✨ 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

Monday, February 10, 2020

At Orchestra Rehearsal 2020


The rest of the horn section! We just finished a sectional. During rehearsals my nephew Nathan, who I'm teaching horn, sits back stage directly behind us in the large concert hall. We took a goofy photo together during break. 📯

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Symphony Orchestra 2020: Dvorak New World



Not my first time playing this symphony, but is my first time playing 4th horn on Dvorak Symphony No.9. It's even more fun playing those awesome low parts and my embouchure dystonia is manageable in this register. But the greatest blessing is playing it with family. Was planning on taking a photo of us all together on stage, but forgot! 📯🎶😊

Monday, January 20, 2020

Instrument Betrayal



When your friends or family catch you arguing with your instrument during practice.
#embouchuredystonia

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Barry Tuckwell - The Greatest Influence of my Life


My greatest influence of all time has passed away today. No one will ever replace this legend. No words can express how saddening this is. I know this sounds odd, but I'm more heart broken over his passing than my recent loss of everything. This man has been all I've ever strived to be as a musician and professional. My north star which led me to my life purpose and calling. Not a day I regret following the path of the horn. It's given me so much....even if I have embouchure dystonia/neurological disorder now. Would do it all over again. From the very first moment I heard him, I loved his sound and knew I wanted to pursue horn playing. Not just in style, but I value his wisdom, professionalism, deep love for horn, and dedication to passing on the overall knowledge and study of the horn; it's repertoire and history. A true scholar. I love love LOVE this man. May heaven make a special place for Barry Tuckwell and his horn. His sound will forever echo in our realm well past this day. 📯💔😢 One of my favorite videos of him.....there's a reason he mastered it better than all of us: https://youtu.be/XSOzrP0FSJ8