Collaborative Piano Faculty
Junior and Senior Session
BM, Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil
MM & PPC, Lynn University
GD, New England Conservatory
Joined LMC Faculty in 2018
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments
As a collaborative pianist, I had the privilege to perform through some of the major halls with diverse ensembles, duos, and chamber groups. I’ve played with NEC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir at Jordan Hall, Palm Beach Opera at the Kravis Center, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at Sydney and Bern Davis Arts Center, Golden Rule Ensemble (Elmar Oliveira as soloist) at Lynn University, Lynn University Theatre Department at Liberty Hall Theatre - Ireland, São Paulo Academic Orchestra at Ibirapuera Park Auditorium - Brazil, São Paulo City Choir at Sala São Paulo - Brazil. Duos and chamber groups at Steinway Piano Gallery - Boca Raton, Bonnet House Concerts - Fl, Centro Cultural São Paulo - Brazil, Museu da Casa Brasileira, and Museu Brasileiro de Escultura - Brazil, to name a few.
I have also worked from 2005 to 2015 as collaborative pianist at several music festivals and instrumental, vocal, and conducting studios with renowned faculty in my home country, Brazil, playing for daily classes and lessons, weekly recitals and concerts. From 2016-2018 I worked extensively with NEC Preparatory School and Continuing Education Program in their weekly lessons, rehearsals and recitals.
Playing with choirs is also a passion of mine and I’ve work with many different choruses since 2001. While in Florida, I rehearsed and helped in the preparation for the Music Performance Assessment (MPA) and the fall and spring concert of many choruses. In Brazil, I worked as pianist and section leader of São Paulo City Choir.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
Having participated myself in both national and international music festivals, I remember how much I learned and enjoyed participating in it. Being immersed in these diverse and beautiful places, surrounded by excellent musicians and faculty, making friendship with people from all over the world, listening to weekly concerts, and classes made me grow not only as a musician but also as a person.
Luzerne offers this amazing experience, with a unique and warm community that makes us feel like we’re all a big family. I’m always excited to go to Luzerne, to see and work with the students and faculty, see the student’s growth, and be part of this amazing community, all while enjoying the beautiful setting of the Adirondacks.
What can campers expect to learn working with you this summer?
I have always loved to collaborate with musicians and students because of the experience of sharing, making, and creating music together. I hope to help campers find that love in making music together too. In the rehearsals I strive for them to learn how to open their minds and ears, how to better understand the music as a whole when you’re playing in a duo or chamber setting, how to communicate with their collaborator or ensemble, how to create with their own particular voice, a unique interpretation of the music they are studying, and how to convey that to the audience. My goal is also to support, guide, and inspire the campers, helping them to grow in every sense.
BA, Chung-ang University, South Korea
MM, University of Miami
DMA, University of Maryland College Park
Joined LMC Faculty in 2024
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I am the founding artistic director of the Las Olas Chamber Ensemble (LOCE) in Fort Lauderdale, and our mission is to promote and present undiscovered yet exciting chamber music in the South Florida musical community. Our chamber group recently received a grant from Broward County to create a chamber concert series programmed with compositions by twentieth-century American composers, which stems from my doctoral research project at the University of Maryland. I am also an artist-in-residence at Sunshine Cathedral, which is one of the largest Queer identified churches in the world, drawing hundreds of LGBTQ members and allies each week and 4 million views online annually. My role at the church is to create a chamber music series. We have organized at least two chamber concerts yearly, along with other performances by various performing artists worldwide. Our audience has grown tremendously since the first chamber concert by LOCE at Sunshine two years ago.
Besides performing and collaborating with various artists regularly, my other passion is to work with young musicians. As a staff piano accompanist in the music programs at Broward College and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, I have assisted students with bi-weekly student forums, vocal and instrumental student recitals, and large ensemble concerts every semester. There is nothing more satisfying than being a part of their music-making process and seeing these young musicians’ musical growth, which is why I am thrilled to join Luzerne Music Center this Summer.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
I remember fondly my experiences attending summer programs as a young musician – the excitement of being in a new environment, meeting new people, learning new things. It was a challenge to be far away from home, yet still I wanted to connect with others through music, and this helped me find my path as a musician. Looking back, I am thankful for the experiences I gained during my time at summer music programs. Luzerne Music Center reminds me of those times. I am thrilled to be part of Luzerne, where there is a diverse musical community with excellent music programs set against the backdrop of a serene and beautiful area that adds to the uniqueness of the music-making environment.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
Campers can benefit from working with me by learning to make an ensemble through various tactical collaborative approaches. I want the students to think about our rehearsal as an experimental lab when they come in rather than think of the time we spend together as a dichotomy of solo and piano accompaniment. If we see the rehearsal time through the lens of a microscope, there is so much to discover in the kaleidoscope of making ensemble. The difference between the science lab and the rehearsal room is that we analyze music and create something extraordinary with sounds that we imagine, hear, and listen to. This is how students build their confidence and, most importantly, have fun!