BM, University of Southern Mississippi
MM, University of Arkansas
Suzuki Association of the Americas Flute Teacher Training
Joined LMC faculty in 2019
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I am a visiting lecturer of flute at Cornell University, a lecturer in music education at Ithaca College and instructor of flute at Opus Ithaca School of Music. As the current principal flutist with the Fort Smith Symphony (AR), I have recorded four CDs for the Naxos label. I perform regularly with Opera Ithaca, the Cornell Wind Quintet, Ithaca New Music Collective, Shuhan-Luk Trio, Ithaca Flute Duo and the Skaneateles Festival. I have also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra to name a few.
Prior to moving to upstate NY, I performed guest principal flute, 2nd flute/piccolo with the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for seven years and second flute with the Meridien (MS) Symphony Orchestra for three years.
A laureate of many competitions including winner of the NFA Professional Performer’s competitions, a finalist in the National MTNA competitions, a finalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions and first prize winner in the Mid-South Flute Society Competition. I hold degrees from the University of Arkansas studying flute performance and pedagogy and the University of Southern Mississippi studying flute performance and music education. I have continued my flute teaching studies and have received advanced Suzuki flute teacher training from Toshio Takahashi, the founder of the Suzuki flute method. My primary teachers include Sheryl Cohen, Sharon Lebsack and Ronda Mains. I have also recorded for Albany Records and PBS. I perform on a 14K Gold flute with a platinum headjoint made by Burkart Flutes and a Bukart Elite piccolo.
What excites your about Luzerne Music Center?
I am looking forward to being a part of a community that nurtures young musicians and helps them reach their fullest potential in a summer music center setting. It is an honor and a priviliedge to guide, inspire and share our musical passions with young people. I am thrilled to be on the flute faculty for this first time this summer and experience the magic at LMC.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
As a junior flutist at Luzerne, students will receive instruction in tone, technique and ear training. They will be introduced to new repertoire while also reviewing older repertoire. The students will also receive guidance on how to practice effectively and efficiently. Lastly, all students will be given instruction on extended techniques for the flute to use in their daily practice. These techniques will help the students play with ease and will help to facilitate beauty and joy while making music with others.