Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I am freelance bassist and pedagogue passionate about community engagement through the art of musical conversation. I hold a Master of Music from Ithaca College, where I studied double bass performance with Nicholas Walker. I have since been invited to participate in the music festival Le Domaine Forget in northern Quebec, there I studied with Paul Ellison, David Allen Moore, Scott Dixon and Francois Rabbath.
As a pedagogue, I hold a guest lecturer position at Cornell University, as well as teaching at Ithaca's local music school Opus Ithaca. I also spend part of the summer as a guest performer and teacher with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the Miami Youth Chamber Music, with members of the University of Miami Music Faculty, San Francisco Opera and the New World Symphony.
I am actively performing and recording within the local music scene in the genres of jazz, classical and folk music, as well as the theater and our local circus! My first major performance was created for the Moffit Cancer Center. My passion for musical community engagement has since continued through workshops in middle and elementary schools and youth detention facilities, where I emphasize the use of improvisation, a necessary life skill to resolve conflict, generate communication and build community.
What excites you most about Luzerne Music Center?
I am excited to be in a beautiful setting while sharing In the joy of music making with the double bass. I have had challenging and rewarding experiences as a student in intensives similar to Luzerne Music Center. Now, as a teacher, I am excited for the opportunity to help regenerate those feelings of familial connection, friendship, intellectual engagement and excitement about the depth of what it means to be an artist. I am also excited to jam and perform with both the talented students and the great lineup of artists on the faculty at LMC!
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
The tradition of bass playing that I come from begins instruction with a question: What do you want to say as an artist musician? From that question, we will explore topics such as sound production, phrasing, relaxation, bow gymnastics, ergonomics, muscular endurance among many others! We will focus on exploring and developing a relationship with the sound of the bass and we will work on how to use scales, harmonic understanding and improvisation to isolate passages from the solo and orchestral repertoire, making them more simple and fun to work on and improve. Ultimately we are our own teachers, so my goal is to give students the tools and the confidence to trust their own creative process of learning.