I grew up in Davenport, Iowa, a city known for its musically rich public school system. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2002 with bachelor’s degrees in Music (violin performance) and English. In 2007, I earned a Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Between 2002 and 2005, I served as fellow of the US State Department’s Cyprus-America Scholarship Program, investigating the role of chamber music in conflict resolution in Cyprus. From 2007-2009, I taught creative writing and piano to students throughout the Houston metro area. One interesting thing about my life: my loves of creative writing, music, and visual art find a fruitful intersection in the art form of puppetry. My puppetry work has appeared in venues in San Francisco, Houston, NYC, Boston, Providence, and other places throughout the US.
From 2009-2014, I taught violin, viola, chamber music, improvisation, and music theory to students at the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan through the organization musiConnects. I also served as the Education and Programming Director, and performed as violinist with the organization’s resident ensemble, the Boston Public Quartet. That quartet experience took me into all kinds of performance settings: an ice cream shop, a business school, countless elementary classrooms, as well as many traditional venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Currently, as an educator, I maintain a private piano and violin studio that I founded in Charlestown/Somerville in 2009, I present workshops on modes of musical listening and communication, most recently at the Habla Teacher Institute in Mérida, Mexico, and I work as a volunteer at the Welcome Project at the Mystic Learning Center in Somerville. I am developing a brand new, innovative performance and education project, which I hope to launch sometime in 2016. As a performer, my main collaboration these days is a violin/piano duo with Daniel Sedgwick, pianist. I have also recently played chamber and orchestral music with Harvard Baroque, Grand Harmonie, Red Hedgehog Trio, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Ambient Orchestra, Bill Banfield’s Imagine Orchestra, and other ensembles throughout the Boston area.