I believe that everyone can learn to play and enjoy music. I assess each person as an individual to help them find their strength, creativity and expression. I love helping students find their voice and freedom through music.
Ear training begins during the first lesson and every lesson to follow. I believe the most important thing in string playing is a finely tuned ear and healthy technique. It's essential that students play in a way that will maintain the health of their bodies and minds.
I offer the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music exam program, an international standard of music education.
Each lesson is individualized to the needs of the student. I am experienced working with people who have barriers to learning due to mental emotional or physical difficulties. Please let me know if special accommodations are required. I'd like to help students learn to the best of their ability.
Together with Eric Franzen, Sarah Franzen and Jacob Roege, we encourage students to collaborate in small ensembles to foster their confidence and creativity. We coach students as they work together to make music on their own so they can build lasting musical relationships.
I love playing my cello for others and experience great joy in the many musical relationships that I have in the Charlottesville music community. Thanks to those relationships, I regularly play with string quartet, piano trio and duo groups playing in the Charlottesville and Harrisonburg area and would love to play for you at your next event.
I earned a B.A. in Music with a concentration in cello performance at Kutztown University where I studied with Dr. Marie-Aline Cadieux. I studied chamber music under Maria Asteriadou of Manhattan School of Music, and Kurt Nikannen, concertmaster of the New York Ballet, and Dr. Mary Ogletree, each at Kutztown University.
A Pennsylvania native, I began my teaching career at Fleetwood Middle School summer launch program and at Nazareth Music Center. My Charlottesville music teaching career began in 2011 at the Music Education Center. I had a lot of fun playing in pit orchestras, and I have played many musicals with Pocono Live Arts, Genesius Theater (Reading, PA), and Charlottesville Opera as well as local school productions. I have also enjoyed playing in the Waynesboro Symphony, James Madison University Symphony and The University of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra.
I love spending my days at Albemarle High School, Jack Jouett Middle School and Sutherland Middle School as a teaching assistant with the orchestras under the direction of Carrie Finnegan. I am a proud member of Melodious Strings. I recorded a live Celtic Christmas album while on tour in the DC area, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville. I volunteer my time with the LifeTeen worship team at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlottesville. I also work with the Pleasant View Worship Team, a choir and bell choir made up of adults who have intellectual disabilities whose mission is to bring their love of God and music to others in the hope that it also brings opportunity for acceptance for people with disabilities. They bring me joy and regularly remind me of the ways in which music can be a catalyst for change.
I love exploring new places and cultures but am most at home in the mountains and the forest. I am a wanderer, letter writer, audiobook listener, tree climber and lover of the cold. I enjoy yoga and weight lifting, bluegrass and soul, Bach and Bartok and all the in betweens.