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DMA, Yale School of Music, Composition MMA, Yale School of Music, Composition MM, Yale School of Music, Composition BM, Rice University, Composition (Intensive Concentration, Cello Performance)
2018, Mt. San Antonio College, Music Department, Cello Instructor 2012-2017, Richland College, Music Faculty, Director Richland String Orchestra, Lead Strings Instructor 2011, Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, Yale University (given to the student who best demonstrates founding Dean Horatio Parker's "lofty musical ideals.") Former Principal Cellist: Henry Mancini Festival Orchestra, Campanile Orchestra (Rice University), and Houston Youth Symphony Two-time winner, Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, Houston Young Artists Concert; Winner, Fort Bend Symphony Concerto Competition, Houston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition
I am a cellist, composer, and music educator living in the LA area. I earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Yale School of Music, and have recently joined the faculty of Mt. San Antonio College as Adjunct Instructor of Cello and Music Theory. For the past five years, I lived in North Texas, where I served as a full-time member of the Music Faculty of Richland College in Dallas. At Richland, I was the lead instructor in the areas of string performance and music theory, as well as director of the Richland String Orchestra and the Richland Chamber Strings. Highlights of my performing career have included performances of the Kabalevsky and Shostakovich concertos with the Clear Lake Symphony, the Fort Bend Symphony, and the Houston Youth Symphony. I served as principal cellist of the Henry Mancini Festival Orchestra, performed live with the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, recorded with the hard rock band Our Last Night (check out the music video below!), and played for several years as part of a Persian-Flamenco fusion band. I also have performed numerous premieres of chamber and solo works in a wide variety of settings, from Oregon to Croatia
As a cello instructor, my students have been accepted into several top music programs including the University of North Texas, the University of Houston, Texas Tech University, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Several have gone on to become teachers themselves. I have taught students of all age levels and experience, from beginners both young and old, to conservatory level; from basic setup and posture, to advanced left hand and bowing technique. I also can teach beginning students on violin and viola, so if you are looking to start playing a string instrument, let's do it!
In my lessons, I take an integrated approach to music education, drawing connections between music of practically any style, genre, or tradition; between musical technique, analysis, and expression; and between music as an abstract entity (e.g., a score, an acoustic phenomenon) and the cultural and historical context in which it is both composed and performed. I work on music not only from the Western classical tradition, but also from pop, rock, jazz, and folk music from around the world, as I believe all musical styles are worthy of exploration and consideration.
I became the musician I am today because I was privileged to have many mentors who not only provided me with excellent technical training and numerous rare opportunities, but also with strong motivation and clear emotional guidance. Now I strive to be that kind of mentor and teacher for my students, engaging each one on a personal level, and providing the kind of opportunities for growth that my teachers provided for me. I believe it is essential for me to communicate my deep love of music through my teaching.
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