Master Degree: Arizona State University, Bachelor Degree: Ithaca College
Resident Music Director - Arizona Broadway Theatre
2020 AriZona Nomination - Best Music Direction
2016 - Arizona State University Special Talent Scholarship
I am the Resident Music Director at Arizona Broadway Theatre, functioning as the primary rehearsal pianist and conductor for the company. In my career I have been fortunate to work as Pianist and Music Director for the Norwegian, Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines which has taken me around the world where I have accompanied performers from Broadway to the West End. As an educator and collaborative artist, I commit to providing excellence, flexibility, and positivity in order to create healthy environments where all can learn and perform to the best of their ability!
My experience in teaching began 15 years ago in working with church choirs and bands, and eventually becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant from 2016-2018 in the Musical Theatre & Opera department at Arizona State University. I have also taught at Childsplay in Tempe, AZ as a Music Director. As a piano performer, my experience has truly crossed all genres, ranging from performing in high-level jazz ensembles such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra to performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 as piano soloist with symphony orchestra.
Everything about my teaching stems from a love of music and imparting that love into the students I am working with. Piano lessons should be about the student (at any level) forming a healthy relationship with the piano. As such, my mission is to create musicians that perform with Honesty and Clarity. Clarity forms all the "technical" aspects of making music at piano, while Honesty is about getting in touch with how we are personally developing as musicians and how we can be mentally present with the music we are creating--and not trying to be anyone else besides are true selves. Lesson plans are customized with the student's individual goals, but I always stress being able to form that essential relationship with the piano by working on key techniques that cross all genres.
Once a lesson plan has been established with a student, I progress them through each lesson with specific goals. My goal is to infuse the student with understanding but also wonder and awe as to how music is created. There is always something worth praising in a student, and I am always sure to do that in our lessons after every performance. I always make sure we discuss (1) what did we like about that performance, and (2) what are things we could do to make it better. From there, we dig deeper and deeper into the music to unearth all of the beautiful detail that goes into high-level music making.