Episode 10 // Vanessa Young - Yoga Instructor, Doula & Harpist
Season 1, Ep. 10
Two questions for you this week - have you ever heard of a yoga class with a live harpist? And what the heck is a doula?
Vanessa Young-Miller is a professional harpist, yoga instructor and birth doula in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area.
While her husband (JG Miller, horn) embarked on Army basic training she began a yoga training in Los Angeles, CA finding a niche in playing harp for live yoga classes. Soon after moving to Maryland, she found herself intrigued by prenatal yoga and preparing to start a family. After the birth of their first child, her passion for all things birth, postpartum and parenthood began eventually leading to learning to be a birth support person (doula) after the birth of their second child. Now three young kids deep she practices the harmony of juggling her multiple hats as well as being an avid social justice activist and abolitionist.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Vanessa received her Bachelor of Music at Eastman School of Music and her Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed with a variety of ensembles and artists including Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca Ballet Company, Debut Orchestra, Ben Folds, and John Williams. She currently teaches harp at elite private all girls school Holton Arms, teaches yoga at Whole Yoga Studio and has a solo doula practice.Support the show (https://buymeacoff.ee/doublerspodcast)
Episode 9 // J.G. Miller - SFC, US Army Field Band
Season 1, Ep. 9
Did you know that a military musician does more than play their instrument? As JG Miller shares in this week's episode, life in a military band is all about saying yes to new challenges and staying flexible! In addition to his responsibilities as horn player, JG also works as a CompTIA Sec+ certified assistant information management officer, Unit Training NCO, and arranges for his quintet, the Federal Brass. From Mozart to military history, cyber security to climate change advocacy, intellectual property law, healthy living, movie music, The Who, technology, vehicle maintenance and everything else in between, J.G. Miller has had a wide swath of careers and follows the guiding star of chasing happiness above all.For more information on the US Army Field Band, check out their website here: https://www.armyfieldband.com/Support the show (https://buymeacoff.ee/doublerspodcast)
Episode 8 // John Hong - Clarinetist, Writer & Marketing Consultant
Season 1, Ep. 8
How does spending on $8500 you don't have as a grad student jump start your career? In this episode, John Hong shares how one swipe of a credit card started the journey into his current pursuits. A clarinetist turned writer and artistic marketing consultant, John Hong nurtures an obsession with clear, simple, and human communication. Consulting since 2018, his clientele includes GRAMMY® winners, non-profit executives, orchestra CEOs, and instrumentalists, ensembles, conductors, and composers from every major continent. He is an occasional freelance writer on the people and issues surrounding classical music, praised by New Yorker contributor Steve Smith for “having his thumb square on the pulse of what moves the public to open up a story.” Find him on Twitter: @John_Hong.(On a personal note, I can attest to his skills as a writer - John wrote the bio on my website!)Support the show (https://buymeacoff.ee/doublerspodcast)
Episode 7 // Atse Theodros - Brass Repair Tech & Trumpeter
Season 1, Ep. 7
Atse Theodros is a freelance trumpet player and brass repair tech at J. Landress Brass in New York City. After apprenticing at the shop during his last year of study at Manhattan School of Music, Atse has spent the last 5 years carving out his niche as a member of the small but mighty team. J. Landress Brass, Manhattan's only brass shop, is in high demand for cleaning, repairs, and instrument sales for NYC's busy freelancers. As a brass tech, Atse is involved in cleaning, repairs, polishing, and general triage when a player walks through the door with a non-functioning horn and says "I've got a show at 8!".Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Atse holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education degree from the University of Florida, earning certification to teach K-12 in the state of Florida. Atse earned a Master of Music degree as well as a Professional Studies Certificate at Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program, studying under Mark Gould and Ethan Bensdorf. Other primary teachers include Vincent Penzarella, Thomas Smith, and Dr. Joyce Davis. He is an active musician in the greater New York and Florida regions. Orchestral experience includes a position as Associate Principal/3rd Trumpet with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, Florida. Atse has performed under the baton of such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur and participated in master classes with James Thompson, Thomas Hooten, and Michael Sachs. Atse maintains an active lifestyle, enjoying various sports such as football and basketball in time outside of music as well.Support the show (https://buymeacoff.ee/doublerspodcast)