Started playing clarinet at 10 years old. Participated in numerous honor bands and chamber music camps throughout high school including the Land of Grant Honor Band, All-Ohio State Fair Band, and Miami University Governor’s Institute for Gifted and Talented. Earned superior ratings for solo and ensemble performances at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contests.
Education: Bachelor of Music – Performance (emphasis in pedagogy) from Wright State University in 2000.
Performed with numerous ensembles while a student including the Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Clarinet Choir and Concert Band.
Previously solo (principal) clarinet with the Kettering Civic Band.
Occasional sub for Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church Praise Orchestra.
Current member of Wright State University Symphony Orchestra and Sinclair Community College Community Wind Symphony.
Started teaching lessons while in high school, working with elementary and junior high school students.
Previously taught lessons at Music-Go-Round in Beavercreek, Beavercreek High School, Wright State University Community Music Division and freelance in my own home and the homes of students.
I currently work with students of almost all ages. (As long as they can properly command the instruments.) 9 years old to 80, beginning level to advanced.
Once I started working with the younger grade students while I was in high school, I fell in love with it. The satisfaction you receive when someone “gets it” is simply overwhelming, to know that you had a part in assisting that student in succeeding, watching them grow and mature as musicians, beyond playing notes into making music. There’s no other feeling in the world like it. I tell all my students: All I can do is give you the tools… The potential to which you use them is completely up to you. (And I like to think I have a pretty good arsenal!!)