I wasn't planning on writing this post. I'm still in shock.
I had just heard the news that Laurie Frink, well known trumpeter and teacher, passed away this past Saturday from bile duct cancer. Oddly enough, I had been thinking about her last week and was going to email her and catch up.
I had studied with Laurie for a few years during grad school. She helped me overcome some technique problems I was having. For any trumpeter, technique problems can ruin your career, but Laurie could figure out the problem and guide you to the right exercises that would work for you.
She would also make lessons really fun. We would laugh endlessly over the silliest of things. Laurie Frink wasn't just a teacher; she became a friend.
Rest in peace, Laurie, and know that you had an incredible impact on the lives of countless others. Thank you!
Here's a link to a Remembrance by NPR. (You need to copy and paste into your browser.)