Gregory Tompkins: Birch Creek

I come from a family full of musicians - my parents are both professional organists and faculty members at Furman University, my brother is a violinist with the Omaha Symphony, and my sister is pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Musicology. One of the most exciting things about becoming a professional musician is getting to perform with members of my family. Over the past few years, my dad and I have performed a recital of music for violin and pipe organ (yes, such music exists!) all over the country. Two years ago, we commissioned a new piece by the American composer Graham Farrell, and this summer we recorded it!

Along with doing that this summer, I also spent two weeks in Door County, Wisconsin teaching and playing side by side with students at the Birch Creek Music Center. We played a huge amount of music over the two weeks - four classical programs and a Fourth of July pops concert. This year's highlights included Beethoven 2nd Symphony, Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the Pugh Trombone Concerto (which was super cool!). It's also one of my favorite places to get in some good long runs and explore new coffee shops

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