Jolted to the realization that I needed to get back to pursuing my passion, I transplanted to the DC area from Southern California in 2015. A result of this positive change, I now enjoy a robust performance and teaching schedule. Since relocating I’ve appeared at events with Élan Artists, on stage with Alexandria Symphony, McLean Orchestra, and Arlington Philharmonic, and in several chamber groups, but most frequently with my viola/guitar duo, Duo Sol. This June I completed my Master of Music degree from the University of Delaware and went on to host a successful summer mini-concert series across the state of Maryland featuring my group Duo Sol as well as sets of viola/cello and viola duos.
My diverse musical background enlivens my performance and teaching. Beginning as a self-taught pianist, I then journeyed through bluegrass fiddle, jazz, pop, and folk rock on violin. Once I added viola to the mix I decided to pursue classical training. Along the way I picked up guitar and singing as well. Having this varied musical experience and education while freelancing in Southern California afforded me some unique opportunities.
I have had the privilege to work with such composers as pulitzer-prize winning Steven Stucky, William Bolcom, Essa Pekka Salonen, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Steve Reich. I have performed on stages spanning from the Governors Ball at the Academy Awards, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Stevie Nicks’ home. Additionally, I spent 2005–2014 performing, touring, and recording with several local orchestras and producers, and the indie folk-rock band, Galanis, now known as Zach + Bridget. Touring and recording highlights include China, Italy, Austria, Nashville, Warner Bros. Studios, and Capitol Records.
As a teacher, I synthesize my experience to suit the needs of my students. Young or old, new to music, or starting a new instrument, I come alongside my students at all stages helping to develop their musical goals and devise a plan for execution. Closely monitoring each step to completion, I have seen my students reach Principal chairs in youth orchestras, win state orchestra auditions, and be admitted into such programs as the New England Conservatory. I pride myself in being available to my students and helping them on multiple levels as I believe in “teaching the student, not the subject.”
Passionate about wellness I am designing a business that helps musicians optimize their wellness in order to optimize their performance. Overcoming several injuries myself has taught me the process and importance of this work. I seek to serve the wealth of musicians dealing with all sorts of injuries or pains who do not know where to look for help. Moving forward my aim is to train music teachers to do the same so we can all play in a world free of debilitating injury.
I hold a Master of Music degree from the University of Delaware where I studied the Karen Tuttle Co-Ordination system with Sheila Browne and Alexander Technique from Jan Baty. My Bachelor of Music degree is from Azusa Pacific University, where I studied with Robert Becker, my first viola teacher from high school.
My viola was made in 2015 by Frederic Chaudiere of Montpelier, France, and my bow is by American maker, Trent Rask.