Bachelor Degree: Skidmore College
2018 Performed at IES Music Center in Vienna, Austria
2015-2019 Principal Flutist at Skidmore College Orchestra
2018 Second Place Winner Skidmore Concerto Competition
2019 Performed Reinecke Flute Concerto with Skidmore Orchestra
Music is a deep passion of mine. I started with the piano, but fell deeply in love with the rich sound and elegance of the flute. I have been playing the flute for 12 years and have had great teachers who have inspired and challenged me to become the best musician I can be. I had the opportunity to study with Jan Vinci, a wonderful flutist who studied with Julius Baker and Paula Robison at Julliard. I also studied flute performance, music theory, and music history in Vienna, Austria for a semester, where I learned the techniques and disciplines of flute practicing and teaching, which have shaped me into the musician I am today. I graduated from Skidmore College with BA in neuroscience and music, which has allowed me to pursue a career in the sciences, but still continue my passion for music performance and teaching. At Skidmore I was involved in Wind Ensembles, Voice Recitals, Composition Recitals, and was the Principal Flutist at the Skidmore College Orchestra for 4 years. My proudest achievements in music was performing a flute concerto with the orchestra and performing a full-senior flute recital of difficult works by Prokofiev, Bach, Gaubert, Fukushima, and Reinecke.
I began teaching as a young flutist, but started teaching private flute lessons during my freshmen year of college, and have been teaching both kids and adults since then. I have performed with the Skidmore College Orchestra as the principal flutist as well as the Skidmore Wind Ensemble, Skidmore Chorus, composition recitals, and vocal recitals. In 2018, I won second prize in the Skidmore Concerto Competition and performed Reinecke’s flute concerto with the Skidmore Orchestra in March, 2019. I have performed at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas for TMEA full orchestra in 2011, Hartford Convention Center for 2015 Connecticut All-State Festival, and at the IES Music Center in Vienna, Austria where I studied flute performance with Forough Djafar-Zadeh-Karimi and Ulrike Anton in the spring of 2018. I also studied with Carol Wincenc, whom I performed with at the 2017 Flute Festival at Skidmore, and Tara Helen O'Connor at the Wind and Brass Festival in 2019.
My teaching style requires the students to be consistent with their practice and warm ups, which helps to make lessons more efficient and allow students to see faster improvement. For all of my students, I put a lot of emphasis on the fundamentals of a woodwind player, which focuses on student's posture, embouchure, fingering, and breath support. From studying with Carol Wincenc and Karimi Furugh, I learned how closely linked our voice is to the flute. To help students achieve a rich, full tone, I like to give voice exercises and body exercises to expand their vocal cords and posture to get that beautiful, rich sound. I also like to ask my students to record their own playing to compare how different the recording sounds from what they usually hear, which helps give them a better sense of what they need to improve and trains their ears to adjust to their tone, pitches, and even tempo.
I try to make my lessons engaging, fun, and relevant to the student's needs. I like to incorporate performative elements into my lessons, such as playing duets with my students, which is a fun and important experience that allows students to practice matching their rhythm, tone, and pitch to another plater. My goal is to help students find their passion in flute and find themselves looking forward to practicing each day. The most rewarding thing for me is to witness students becoming more confident in their playing and being able to communicate through their music.