I am originally from Sterling Heights, MI, a suburb of Detroit. I was inspired to study music at a young age by a great program in Utica Community Schools. I was lucky to be able to participate in the Detroit Civic Jazz Band and study saxophone and clarinet with some of Detroit’s most in-demand working musicians.
I worked professionally in Michigan as I attended Western Michigan University, where I had the pleasure of studying saxophone and composition with Andrew Rathbun and Edward Simon of the San Francisco Jazz Collective. I was involved in many interdisciplinary projects in west Michigan which included dance and multimedia, along with my original music.
In 2017, I moved to Philadelphia, PA to pursue a master’s degree in jazz studies at Temple University. My education was quickly integrated into Philadelphia’s vibrant jazz scene as I studied with Dick Oatts, Ben Schachter, and Norman David.
I have been teaching privately throughout my own education, and find it extremely rewarding. I created many of my own educational materials that are available to all of my students. My performance resume includes professional experiences in small and large jazz ensembles, symphonic wind ensembles, and commercial music settings.
COVID-19 created unique challenges for all working musicians. Through the pandemic, I continue to create and teach music. I released an EP with Crosscurrents Ensemble in February of 2020, and I recently recorded a new book of music which I will soon release under my own name. My private studio includes saxophone, flute, and clarinet students of all ages, experience levels, and areas of interest. I believe in a personalized approach to teaching music so that all of my students may have the opportunity to develop their own relationship with music and a musical instrument.
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