I believe that students thrive when encouraged to reach for excellence, to be active participants in their own musical growth, and to recognize their accomplishments at all levels of playing. My goal is to meet students where they are, working with their natural strengths to increase their playing skills and express themselves creatively. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching – lessons are tailored to each student’s specific needs and interests. Developing a good ear is critical for horn players, as is correct breathing and management of airflow, which are the technical foundations of my teaching. Due to the variety of influences on my own education, I have developed flexibility in my teaching methods and a firm belief that a student must feel confident about his/her work in order to make the most progress. I aim to ignite musical passions and teach fundamental technical skills while encouraging exploration of self expression, self discipline, and critical thinking.
I began teaching horn lessons in high school, sharing my passion for the joy of horn playing with neighborhood beginners. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters’ degree from New England Conservatory, I settled in the Boston area to perform and teach. Currently on faculty at Tufts University, New England Conservatory Prep School, the Brookline Music School, and the After School Lesson Program in Milton, I teach young and old beginners, intermediate and advanced students, and college music majors, ages nine through adult. I coach chamber music through the Tufts University music department and New England Conservatory Prep School. My woodwind quintet (Vento Chiaro) teaches and coaches at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute every summer. I have studied with a wide variety of teachers including Douglas Hill, Richard King, Jean Rife, James Somerville, and Jay Wadenpfuhl and have taken bits of wisdom from each of them.
As an active chamber musician and orchestral performer, I appear regularly with area ensembles including Vento Chiaro (woodwind quintet), Radius Ensemble (mixed-instrumentation chamber ensemble), Juventas New Music Ensemble, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lexington Symphony, among others. I have performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Kansas City Symphony (on Wagner tuba). Recent creative projects have included a virtual recital exploring the meanings and contexts of Horn Calls, a recital of new music by Tufts community composers, and explorations of the relationship between music and movement with dancer/choreographer Karen Krolak and Monkeyhouse.
B.M. and B.A. from Oberlin College & Conservatory; M.M. New England Conservatory, studies at Hochschule für Musik, Munich