Musicianship, technology and creativity permeate student’s horn performance

Braydon Ross

The many talents of music education major Braydon Ross ’22 were on full display Dec. 4 during the Conservatory of Music Concert Hour.

Ross’ performance of Pamela J. Marshall’s “Isolde’s Garden” was among the featured pieces. His musicianship, technological expertise and creativity brought the moving four-horn piece—all played by Ross—to life and inspired listeners, including University of the Pacific President Christopher Callahan.

“That was, by far, the most uplifting 2½ minutes of my week. Thank you for sharing,” Callahan said. “Well done Braydon!”

Conservatory of Music Dean Peter Witte added: “Braydon’s gifts as a musician, video and sound engineer, then in post-production are on full display here. (These are) skills we’ve all learned since March. Braydon studies horn with (Professor) Sadie Glass and is a force for good and joy at Pacific and beyond.”

Ross is grateful for faculty guidance and the many opportunities he and other Pacific music students have to express and showcase their art.

“I have wonderful faculty to be thankful for. I've learned so much as a solo and chamber music performer under the instruction of professors Sadie Glass and Steve Perdicaris,” said Ross, who also is a Powell Scholar. “Opportunities to develop as an educator and leader are bountiful thanks to Dr. (Ruth) Brittin and Dr. (Courtney) Lehmann.

“Inspiring performers and speakers are constantly interacting with conservatory students because of the creativity and care of Dean Witte, Professor James Haffner, (marketing coordinator) Sylwia Lipiec-Qualls, and the entire faculty/administration team,” Ross said. “I feel so lucky to attend a school as supportive and musically/intellectually/socially cultivating as Pacific.” 

Isolde's Garden