Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
When I was 17, I was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to a performance degree from Curtis, I also hold a master's in horn performance and a master's in conducting. During the school year, I teach at Westminster College and Slippery Rock University, while maintaining a private studio of fifth-12th graders. I play with several local orchestras including Youngstown Symphony, Academy Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. The past few summers have been spent in Norway, studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In addition to playing and teaching French horn, I own a natural horn and two alphorns.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
I am excited to be completely immersed in music this summer at Luzerne Music Center. I look forward to being part of a supportive team of faculty and staff that work together to help students achieve their goals. And of course, I look forward to some great music making in a beautiful setting.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
In addition to offering support when learning their ensemble music, I work with each student to develop their potential. This means listening to the student's goals, challenging them musically and intellectually, and strengthening the weaker parts of their playing. It is of the utmost importance to me that I create a safe and fun atmosphere for holistic learning and growth.