With Quo Vadis Brass Quintet
Live November 2012
Interactive Teaching Artist Performance
April 30, 2012
Styles ranging from Baroque to Jazz
Performed on modern and natural horn
Children to Adults
30 to 60 minutes
Classroom/group music classes, concert preparation with live performance
I grew up in a family of music lovers and amateur musicians, and my first musical influence was my mom, who taught me to play the violin at age 4. I picked up the horn at age 10 and never looked back! As a professional freelance horn player, I have performed with ensembles throughout the NYC area including the New York Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, West Point Band, Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra, and numerous Broadway shows. ,
I also have a particular passion for chamber music, which I had the opportunity to develop as a fellow of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW from 2014-2016. During my time in this program I performed many prominent chamber works in venues from Weill Recital Hall to NYC public schools to prisons.
My formal education includes a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School under the instruction of Julie Landsman and Michelle Baker, and a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music with W. Peter Kurau. Additionally I have studied natural horn at Juilliard and Eastman with R.J. Kelley and Derek Conrod respectively.
While at Juilliard I learned of an emerging field of work for artists called Teaching Artistry. Through this line of work, professional artists of all disciplines bring their creativity into the classroom in collaboration with the school's classroom teachers. I found this to be an interesting new creative outlet and a way to use my training to connect with public school children. I began work as a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic's Philharmonic Schools program in 2013, working with students in grades 3-5 at partner schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Through the Philharmonic Schools program, students learn to compose their own music, perform on the recorder, and listen deeply to orchestral music.
I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade. My goal with students is two-fold: I believe they should learn to appreciate and enjoy music as performers and audience members, and also learn the skills for and benefits of dedicated practice. I am available to teach lessons at my home or to travel to the student's home depending on location.