Hometown: Elk River, Minn.
Piece: James Beckel — The Glass Bead Game, I. The Call and Awakening
Why did you choose this piece?
My goal as a musician is to make other people feel. Emotion is too often perceived as weakness in today's world. However, our ability to feel is the essence of our humanity, and music is one of the few manners in which it can be wholly expressed.