BS, University of Notre Dame (2008) & MBA, Columbia University (2023)
What years were you in GTCYS?
2001-04 (graduated high school in 2004)
What skills or lessons did you learn in GTCYS that you still use today?
GTCYS gave me such a lifelong appreciation for classical music. I recently attended my first live performance of the San Francisco Symphony since prior to COVID. It was highly emotional. Being around live music takes me back to those profound experiences of playing top-flight scores alongside so many talented peers.
Why do you think GTCYS is important for students now?
Many secondary schools have de-emphasized arts education. Music brings people together and is a powerful gateway to other cultures and time periods.
How does music still play a part in your life?
I attend multiple performances of the San Francisco Symphony each season and am always glad to support this great arts institution on a financial basis.
What is your favorite composer or piece of music?
How could I narrow this down? Depending on the day, I’d say the Finale to Stravinsky’s Firebird (played in GTCYS!), the Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo (another GTCYS favorite), and the Allegro from Howard Hanson’s Symphony #2. Lately I’ve been on an Americana kick and I’ve especially been enjoying the 20th century repertoire of our domestic greats.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a bit of a financial markets nerd and have rung both the opening and closing bell at the NASDAQ.
What do you hope to see from GTCYS in the next 50 years?
A continuation of the last 50 years. Bring together talented young musicians from the area and give them access to talented conductors who will nurture their musicianship. I send a birthday wish of prosperity for the organization and look forward to attending the 100th anniversary season. I’ll be 85!