I first became interested in the violin at a very young age because my older sister started taking lessons after my grandfather bought her a violin. Right around my fourth birthday, my parents finally started me in lessons, since I’d been crawling under the piano and getting into my sister’s violin case.
We moved to Columbus, Ohio from Upstate New York when I was 10 years old. I continued private lessons all the way through high school, then headed off to college to major in music. I attended Ohio University where I studied with Marjorie Bagley and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance. Then I went to Rice University in Houston, Texas where I studied with Kathleen Winkler, and received my Master’s Degree. Just before graduation I auditioned for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and upon winning the job, I moved back to Columbus.
Since moving back in 2011, I have been building my private studio as well as my performing career. I enjoy a busy season locally playing with ProMusica and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I’ve also been occasionally performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I’m a founding member of the Lyrata String Quartet and I do some freelancing around Columbus. I had some private teaching experience beginning freshman year in high school, studied pedagogy in college, and have maintained my private studio for the past nine years.
My teaching method is constantly evolving as I am learning more through my students and their individual experiences. Studying the violin teaches not only musical skills, but also skills such as focus, persistence through struggles, overcoming fears, self discipline, critical thinking, creative thinking, and using the imagination. I love watching my students develop into talented artists through their years of study.