Yes, it’s official!!! After many, many years (nearly 8, to be exact) I am finally Dr. Mark Flegg. In May, I received my Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.
My final lecture recital and document focused on the Sonata for Trumpet and Strings (or Piano), by Robert Bradshaw. I’ve know Robert personally, and have been very interested in his music, since I first heard about him back in 2003. It was a thrill to be able to share my passion for his music with the audience at my recital.
There are a million people whom I should thank, but for now I’ll leave it at just one: Richard Illman. Professor Illman (pictured with me, right, celebrating after commencement) was my mentor and guide through the academic labyrinth of MSU. He has been supportive, encouraging, and helpful to the extreme, and I’ll always be in his debt.
If you’ve visited my website in the past, then you can see for yourself that some things have changed around here! I’ve switched to a new hosting provider (the company that provides the physical computer and internet connection that house my website) and done some re-design of the website itself at the same time. There are two main reasons for the changes:
Another item that is significantly different from previous incarnations of my website is in the Upcoming Performances area. In the past, I’ve had to manually create an entry every time I wanted to post information about an upcoming performance. There have been some long stretches of time where I was just too busy to get this done (for example, the first six months of this year, while I was in the final phase of finishing my Doctorate – more on that in another post!).
Now, I have a new system in place that will automatically pull information about upcoming performances from my personal calendar. This means that when I enter a performance on my computer, or even on my phone, if I want it to be on the website all I have to do is change one little pull-down menu! I’m hoping that this will result in a more up-to-date performance calendar here on markflegg.com! Ideally, it might even mean that on those occasions when I have time to work on the site, instead of updating performances I’ll be able to create actual content!
I hope you enjoy the changes to the site! Please feel free to post a comment with your impressions.
One of my students recently brought to my attention what appears to be a brand new edition of the Arban Book for trumpet. It’s published by Dover, and Amazon.com is currently taking preorders at $14.95. That’s the lowest price I’ve seen on this book in more than 20 years.
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A lot of people call this book the “bible” of trumpet. I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it is a great tool for mastering the instrument. This might be a great opportunity to pick one up!
Today, as I write this, it is the Fourth of July.. Independence Day here in the United States!! I’ve just finished a very demanding week of performances. Now, for the first time in years, I have a couple of months in the summer that are virtually gig-free. I do have a few weddings, and there are a couple of public concerts in the works that may or may not happen, but for the most part, I’ve got a nice long stretch of rest and relaxation coming my way, and I could not be happier!!
This is the first summer since 2002 that I will not be heading to California and the Cabrillo Festival in August. As a result, I have lots more time and resources to spend having fun and recharging for the year ahead, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
Of course, I will be continuing my full summer private teaching schedule (don’t worry, students!) and, yes, I’ll still be practicing and working on several upcoming projects.
Have a great summer!!! I’ll be back in a while, refreshed, renewed, and ready to get back out there!!
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve accepted a part-time faculty position with Wayne State University.
Beginning in the Fall semester, 2008, I’ll be teaching undergraduate and graduate trumpet students in the Department of Music, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.
I started my college career at Wayne many years ago, and I haveÂ wonderful memories of my time there as a student. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be taking on this new opportunity.