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2018 Presser Music Scholarship
2015-2019 Arthur Hugo Music Award
2019 LVAIC division four NATs winner
2016-2019 John H. Reimers Music Scholarship
2016-2019 Gladys Edgar Marcus Music Scholarship
I began teaching voice lessons in high school, and soon discovered it was the right path for me. I received my double bachelor's degrees in Vocal Music Education and Music Performance at Moravian College. I have been a part of Moravian College Choir, Women's Chorus, Vocalis select vocal ensemble, Opera and Stagecraft ensemble, Song and Stagecraft ensemble, the Monteverdi Ensemble, Voice Mastery class, Salon Ensemble, and was the Allentown Symphony Collegiate Soprano. This past summer I was selected as one of 18 young artists for the Up North Vocal Institute, a highly selective opera performance program with applicants all around the world. I have also played trumpet for the Marching Band, Big Band, Baroque Ensemble, and was the principal trumpet of the Moravian College Community Orchestra. I have over 30 years combined experience on my instruments, I have 21 private lesson students in voice and piano, and I was accepted to go to New England Conservatory to get my master’s in Vocal Performance in Opera.
From my years of experience both as a musician and as a teacher, communication and trust are the key components to a successful lesson. My students will always know the expectations and goals, just as I would like my students to be open enough to talk about what they are feeling, if the goals are reasonable, and if they are finding success. I will go over a foundation of basics for every student, teaching them how to practice and setting them up for success. I believe almost any age of student is the "right age" for lessons, and I enjoy teaching to anyone who wants to become a lifelong lover of music. My lessons are structured but fun, with lots of time to enjoy music rather than just learn it.
All of my lessons, regardless of instrument, begin in the same way: warm ups! I tailor warm ups to the student's repertoire and change it up frequently so the student doesn't get bored or go on autopilot. For all vocalists, regardless of age, we work on breathing properly and posture, then moving on to tone and stylistic choices. For my instrumentalists, we work on breathing, proper technique for their instrument, and age appropriate repertoire. For all my students I choose a main piece that will develop their skills and techniques, and they get to pick one "fun" piece that might not be very musically
I want to work to make my students into musicians, not just "singers" or "instrumentalists." I want my students to trust both my judgement and me as a person, and I do this through communication and honesty. Every student is different, and one teaching style or procedure will not work to anyone. I strive to be adaptable and flexible in my teaching style to give the best opportunities to each of my students. There is structure to my lessons, but within that structure lies the personalization for each and every one of my students. Everything I do, I do to unlock the true musician in a healthy and comfortably paced way.
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