A blog about a musician's (French Horn) journey with Focal Embouchure Dystonia; documenting rehabilitation, sharing resources, research, advocating, providing guidance, information on the disorder and other brass/music performance-related injuries.
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...♥️
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.
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).
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.
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!!!
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!!! 🎺✨🎺✨ 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
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. 📯
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! 📯🎶😊
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: