BA, Yale University
MM, SUNY Purchase
DMA, CUNY Graduate Center
Joined LMC faculty in 2020
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
Being a musician to me means using every corner of my being to welcome people into the world of music. There are so many ways to express your musicality. For me, that means teaching, performing, composing, arranging, writing, listening, talking and working behind the scenes in arts administration.
I teach flute at Juilliard's Music Advancement Program and in an El Sistema program in the Bronx called UpBeat. I also teach music history, music appreciation, ethnomusicology and music theory at SUNY Purchase, CUNY Queensborough Community College and CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College. Behind the scenes, I curate a concert series devoted to new chamber music and audience interaction at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and I was the Institutional Giving Manager there for four years.
I toured Italy with a woodwind quintet, Fiati Five, for several seasons, and I've worked closely with composers like Shirish Korde, Tania Leon, Whitney George, Leo Kraft and Eric Nathan on dozens of new solo and chamber pieces. In 2017, Fanfare Magazine called my 2017 album of chamber music by female composers with Ensemble 365 “pretty music faultless ... required listening.” As a freelancer in New York City, in a typical week I might perform in an orchestra one day, premiere a chamber music piece I wrote the next and hop into the studio for a commercial recording that weekend.
I received the Brookshire award for musicological research and writing at SUNY Purchase, the Associated Music Teachers League Award for instruction at CUNY Queens College, an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Graduate Research Award from the National Flute Association. In 2018, I was named to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs inaugural Leadership Accelerator cohort, a group of dynamic cultural leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups.
What excites your about Luzerne Music Center?
There's nothing like being in a place where everyone comes together to get better at what they do every day. That energy is infectious and inspiring. Add to that a beautiful location, collaborating with great musicians and learning from everyone around me, and that sounds like a recipe for a perfect summer.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
I think of lessons and coaching sessions as a great opportunity to build good skills not only as players (tone, technique, extended techniques, good practice habits, the skills of playing in chamber ensembles and orchestra — all that good stuff!) but also as musicians: learning to be a good colleague, creating a sense of community, listening in new ways, overcoming performance anxiety, thinking about music's role in our lives and our world, and understanding how we make a career as musicians. What's the best way to learn all of this? Ask questions, challenge yourself and keep your ears open!