BM, Temple University, Clarinet Performance under Ricardo Morales (Philadelphia Orchestra) Studies at New England Conservatory of Music, Clarinet Performance under Craig Nordstrom (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Chamber Music under Richard Stoltzman, and Music Composition/Theory under Malcolm Peyton Studies at Juilliard Evening Division, Conducting Class and Composition/Theory Lessons
2013, Recipient of the Abramson Foundation Grant for Music and Dalcroze Eurhythmics (past recipient in 2011 and 2012)
2011, Featured Performance at Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall in NYC with Leora Music Series (featured soloist in Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Ballet) and featured original composition "Cinderella"
2010, Featured Performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Leora Music Series (featured soloist in Opera Works) and featured conductor
2009, Featured Performance at Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall in NYC with Leora Music Series (featured original compositions "Violin Concerto, Alice in Wonderland, and Sinfonietta)
2008, Featured Performance at Symphony Space in NYC with New York Youth Symphony (featured soloist and composer)
I am an educator, composer, and clarinetist who has performed throughout the East Coast at venues including New York's Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer and Alice Tully Halls, CAMI Hall, Symphony Space, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and The Boston Symphony Orchestra Cafe. I founded Leora Music Series in 2009, consisting of a chamber orchestra, outreach concerts, and lecture series. I have been on the faculty at the 92 Street Y Tribeca, teaching Music Appreciation and Music Theory, and am currently teaching clarinet, music and music appreciation classes throughout New Jersey and NYC.
My first memories of teaching goes back to middle school when I would tutor the younger students in my classes! My love for teaching grew and throughout my college and post-college experience I taught clarinet lessons, music theory and appreciation to students of all ages. From working with Pre-K children through older adults, I make each lesson personal and an experience for each student. I am a classically trained conservatory clarinetist who has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Northeast. I have also become an avid arranger, making arrangements of Broadway and Show Music for a classical ensemble. I love being able to cross the different styles of clarinet, and would love to teach students that have a desire to be a proficient player in any of those styles. When beginning lessons, we have a conversation about what the students' goals are, whether it be classical or other styles, and what they hope to accomplish (entering competitions, auditioning for programs, putting on recitals, etc.).
Every student develops at their own pace, and I am dedicated to creating a curriculum for every one. I like to break down lessons into three sections. The methods used vary based on the current level of the student. 1. Scales/Fundamentals/Long Tones: Scales are the focal point of Western Music. We will gain the skills of learning and memorizing scales to establish the proper fundamentals. I will teach the student several ways of practicing Long Tones in order to develop their clarinet tone. 2. Etudes/Exercises: Etudes combine learning of the scales, with phrasing, character and expression. There are multitudes of etude books and exercises that we can explore to find the right match. 3. Solo (and/or chamber music, audition music, etc.): The last part of lessons focus on any music that students are currently working on or would like to challenge themselves with. Whether it is an audition, recital, or competition, we will take the time to learn the music you love to play!
I remember when I was in the 5th grade I was asked which instrument I would like to play. Since my best friend decided to play clarinet, I thought I would give it a shot. Little did I know that this was the first step in a whole musical journey including playing in orchestras, writing music, and forming my own Music Series! I'd like to work with students in a balance of what they feel is most important combined with proper fundamental technique. If you are as student interested in auditioning for youth bands and orchestras, regions/all state, etc. let's make it happen! If you are older and looking to start a new artistic outlet, let's get inspired! If your child is very young and about to play clarinet for the first time, I will be there for them every step of the way. Whether it is beginning clarinet, learning to read music, develop tone and musicality, learning new repertiore, or coming up with a long term plan, I would love to help you achieve your personal goals and help you reach the next level in your own musical journey.