Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, and Oboe
As a teacher, I have three main goals for my students: to promote a life-long passion for music (and the arts), to foster creativity and discipline, and most importantly, to have fun! In addition to teaching at Expressions Music Academy, I have my own private studio of clarinet and saxophone students throughout the greater Ann Arbor area. In the past I have taught privately within the Kalamazoo, Sturgis, Birmingham and Ann Arbor school districts. My students have seen a variety of musical success from first division ratings at Solo and Ensemble, first chair placements in their middle school and high school bands to scholarships to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and local youth orchestras.
My musical journey has been long, but never dull. I began with piano lessons in first grade. It wasn’t really my thing… clarinet, however, was a completely different story (love at first sound, if you will). I’ve been playing clarinet now for 15 years and counting, and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. (I picked up saxophone later, while playing in Jazz Band in high school) My studies include a Specialist Degree and Masters Degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelors Degree in clarinet performance from Western Michigan University. I have performed with a wide variety of ensembles both small and large on both a regional and international level. Regional ensembles include Rochester Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, Opera MODO Detroit, U of M’s Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, WMU’s Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Birds on a Wire Contemporary Directions Ensemble, Khemia Ensemble, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society and various chamber ensembles. I am also currently on the sub list for the following local orchestras: Ann Arbor Symphony, Adrian Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, Midland Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, and Southwest Michigan Symphony. On an International scale, I have participated in OperaMaya’s International Music Festival and the International Clarinet Association’s festival and orchestral competition. Past teachers include Daniel Gilbert (U of M), Chad Burrow (U of M), Brad Wong (WMU), Stephanie Hovnanian (WMU) and Larry Liberson (Assistant Principal and E flat clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra).
My non-musical interests include anything animal related, cooking, hiking, cross country skiing, drawing, reading and knitting. Current TV obsessions include the Great British Bake off (because who doesn’t love biscuits and British people?!?) and Stranger Things. Anything else you might want to know, you’ll have to schedule a lesson with me to find out!