Having made a career for myself as a music educator, performer, and collaborative artist, I teach a wide range of students. For young beginners, I use the Suzuki method in which I was trained as a student myself. However, for advanced students (beyond Suzuki book 5) and most adults I use a hybrid method that draws on a wide variety of technical method books (Galamian, Flesch, Shradieck, Sevcik, Kreutzer, Dont, Rhode, Callus) and the philosophies of other major pedagogues such as Paul Rolland and Kodaly.
I have been teaching for over nine years. My students have ranged in age from 4 to 68, and in skill level from beginning to advanced. I do not expect all my students to become concert violinists and violists, but as an instructor I strive to inspire and equip students to reach their most ambitious musical goals.
I recommend for beginning and younger students lessons of 30-45 min. Advanced students and adults a full 60 min. or more, if desired.
Boston University's College of Fine Arts
DMA, Viola Performance major and teaching assistant of Michelle LaCourse
September 2018 - present
Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music
MM, Viola Performance major and Graduate Assistant of Helen Callus;
September 2016 - June 2018
Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, Viola Performance major in Jeffrey Irvine’s studio and a Political Science minor through Case Western Reserve University;
August 2012 – May 2016
Graduated with Academic Honors
The Royal Danish Academy of Music
Exchange Student studying with Dr. Tim Frederiksen;
Fall Semester 2014
Violin and Viola student of Melvina Romanelli, learned firsthand Shinichi Suzuki’s pedagogy methods and philosophies;
1999 – June 2012
Teaching assistant at Boston University; September 2018 - present
Gives private instruction to non-performance major university students in both private lesson and chamber group settings.
Graduate Assistant of Professor Helen Callus; September 2016 – June 2018
• Designed the curriculum and teaches a group technique class for all undergraduates. Met with students individually as needed to assist them with technique or repertoire.
Sistema Ravinia; January 2017 – July 2018
• Taught string students in a large and small group setting through Ravinia's program in Waukegan, IL which is modeled after El Sistema, promoting social change through music education.
Joyful Noise Music School, Violin and Viola Teacher; September 2012 – May 2016
• Gave private instruction to 3 to 4 violinist and violists each semester between the ages of 6 and 16.
CIM Distance Learning Apprentice and Performer; August 2012 – June 2016
• Designed curriculum for K-12 students and retirement home residents across the country presented by CIM’s Distance Learning department.
• Performed during lesson segments.
Choir Assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; September 2015 – May 2016
• Planned and led rehearsals for the St. Catherine, St. David, St. Cecilia, and Youth Choirs. Assists during Sunday service with all aspects of choir management such as organizing music, vestments, and vocal warm-ups.
Viola Teacher; September 2015 – January 2016
• Gave weekly instruction to a high school violist that would otherwise not have access to private instruction due to financial constraints.
Viola and Violin Instructor; 2009 – July 2012
• Established a private studio with five beginning and intermediate level students that provided weekly lessons and advised families regarding instrument purchases, repairs, and festivals.
John Hay High School, teacher; January 2013 – 2014
• Led a team of CIM students to assist the music director weekly by leading band sectionals, teaching music theory lessons, and providing one-on-one instruction when needed.
The Saturday Tutoring Program, high school academic tutor; October 2012 – 2014
World Relief, refugee mentor and English and mathematics tutor; 2008 – August 2012
OTHER POSITIONS HELD
Etc. Music School Community Coordinator and Web Designer; September 2016 – Present
• Coordinates with organizations and businesses in the Evanston community to present performances featuring Etc. Music School students and faculty. Designs and updates the music school’s website.
CIM Distance Learning Technician; January 2015 – June 2016
• Sets up recording studio equipment before scheduled classes and makes the Polycom or Bridge connection, runs the sound board, controls camera shots, etc.
Aspen Music Festival Box Office Representative; June-August 2014
• Sold tickets and festival passes to students, faculty, staff, and festival attendees at the box office counter and over the phone using Point of Sale software.
COLLABORATIVE / ENSEMBLE EXPERIENCE
Northwestern University’s Chamber Music Program; September 2016 – June 2018
Fresh Ink Music Festival; June 2016
Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Music Program; August 2012 – May 2016
Madeline Island Music Camp; Summer 2012 and 2015
Royal Danish Academy of Music Chamber Program; August-December 2014
Aspen Music Festival Chamber Music Program; June-August 2014
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival; Summer 2013
QuartetFest West; Summer 2013
Cambridge International String Academy; Summer 2012
Castleman String Quartet Program; Summer 2011
Britt Institute’s String Quartet Academy; Summer 2010
Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program; Summer 2009
Armonioso Duo (viola and cello); 2011 Non-Keyboard Competition Winner;
Polyglot String Quartet; 2007 - 2010
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, section violist; September 2018 - present
Civic Orchestra of Chicago, seated violist; September 2017 - June 2018
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, section violist; September 2016 – June 2018
Northwestern University’s Symphony Orchestra, September 2016 – June 2018
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra; August 2012 – May 2016
Endless Mountain Music Festival, sectional violist; July – August 2015
Royal Danish Academy of Music Orchestra; August –December 2014
Copenhagen Philharmonic –single performance; October 2014
Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra; June-August 2014
Endless Mountain Music Festival, viola intern; Summer 2013
Mid-Columbia Symphony, seated musician; 2009 – May 2012
SOLOIST COMPETITION AWARDS
Campus Super Stars Competition sponsored by the Cleveland Hillel Foundation
• First Place Winner; April 2014
• Competitors were vocalists and instrumentalists from conservatories and universities in northeastern Ohio.
Mid-Columbia Symphony Young Artist Competition
• Overall and Division Winner; 2011 (viola)
• Intermediate Strings Division Winner; 2007, (violin)
WSMTA Non-Keyboard Competition Overall Winner 2008, 2010, 2011
Camerata Musica Honors Recitalist 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
Alberta Denk and Gerke Collegiate Scholarships; 2015
Jean Louise Martin Scholarship; 2014
Gingold Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, 2014
Prudential Community Service Award; 2012
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award; 2012
American Viola Society Youth Advisory Council President; October 2016 – January 2019
CIM Student Government; August 2012 – May 2016
• President; May 2015 – May 2016
• Vice President; May 2014 – May 2015
• Secretary; May 2013 – May 2014
• Class Representative; August 2012 –May 2013
Mu Phi Epsilon, professional music fraternity; March 2013 – May 2016
• President; April 2015 – May 2016
• Vice President; April 2014 – April 2015
World Relief Benefit Concert, Organizer and Musician; Spring/Summer of 2011 – 2016
Civic Engagement Scholar Program, Case Western Reserve University; August 2012 –May 2016
Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society; May 2010 – Present
She is professional, knowledgeable and friendly. She has a clear and accurate methodology.
She is 100% recommended for all levels.
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