Bless This Mess

I’m a professional musician.

I live, teach, compose, and play in Chicago, IL.

Trevor Patrick Watkin - Photo by Jen Rosenstein

I’ve been teaching music since I was a teenager (that’s over twenty years, don’t ask).

Music Facilitates Human Connection

I like to break off the window dressing.

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The core of music is human connection, and when you share the experience, amazing things happen.

A performer connects with the audience. A teacher connects with the student.

If there’s one thing the world needs right now, it’s more human connection.

Music makes that happen better than anything.

Come Out and Share Some Music With Me!

I perform regularly and I teach all ages.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Access Contemporary Music

More About Me (If You’re Into This Sort of Thing)

Notable accomplishments:
2010 Joseph Jefferson Award, Original Incidental Music
Scored Oscar Wilde’s Salome for the Right Brain Project
Orchestrated and Music Directed two world premiere musicals; provided Original Music, Sound Design, and/or Music Direction for seven other productions
Completed 2009 Chicago Marathon

Current positions:
Director of Operations at Access Contemporary
Founding member of the Gillespie Quartet

Teaching flute for over 20 years.
Teaching piano, music theory, and composition for over 17 years.
Vocal coach for over 10 years.
Transcriber, engraver, and editor for over 10 years.

Previously:
Composer-in-Residence with the Right Brain Project
Chorister and Social Media Coordinator for Chicago Choral Artists
New Classic Singers
The Palomar Ensemble
Anomie

Formal Education:
B.A. in Music Theory & Composition and Music Education, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
Attended University of Colorado, Boulder on a full assistantship, teaching two sections of Aural Skills and assisting with the Music Theory lecture