Double Bass Faculty
BM, Oberlin Conservatory
MM, Stony Brook University
DMA, Stony Brook University
Joined LMC Faculty in 2022
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2017 under the tutelage of Kurt Muroki and Rachel Calin, two stellar bassists who inspired me to pursue my love of chamber music. Prior to graduating, I co-founded the Annapolis (MD) Chamber Music Festival, which is in its seventh year of presenting innovative performances of old and new chamber music. I maintain an active schedule as a freelance orchestral bassist with groups like the North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (Durham, NC). But perhaps my greatest pride is in the accomplishments of my students at Duke University, where I serve as double bass and chamber music faculty for both the School of Music and the pre-college String School. The excellent solo and chamber music performances they give, and the positions they have attained in all-state auditions and in college music studios speak to their abilities and character.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
In my opinion, the two things that help young musicians grow the most are playing ensemble music and being in an inspiring environment with talented and dedicated peers. The daily schedule at Luzerne is set up to immerse students in such an environment. I'm very excited to see how my students will progress over the course of the month!
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
While at LMC, you will be challenged with great chamber and orchestral repertoire. We will work together to ensure you have the technical and musical knowledge needed to succeed in your performances this summer. I also look forward to helping you with your personal goals - whether you're preparing for a fall audition, learning a new solo piece or looking to develop your technique, we can work together to make it happen. Finally, I like to make sure we have time to learn from each other as a studio, which means studio classes - and playing bass ensemble music!