Over my career, I have performed with such respected professional orchestras as the Cincinnati Pops, Charlotte Symphony, Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Mexico City Philharmonic. Before moving to Arizona, I was quite active performing with the Charlotte Symphony, having given over 300 performances with this ensemble. I have performed many times with the South Carolina Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. I carry this experience into every lesson I teach, both on piano and horn.
I have extensive experience teaching both piano and french horn. I have taught piano students at all ages from Kindergarten to retirees. Before coming to Arizona, I served as interim horn professor at the University of South Carolina School of Music. I previously served as Instructor of Horn at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, maintaining a studio of 8-10 students as well as giving solo recitals. Since moving to the Carolinas in 1999 I have been teaching piano and horn while performing professionally. I have built a successful studio that has seen many students make the South Carolina All-State Band and Orchestra, including four first-chair placements. A number of these students went on to receive scholarships to attend music schools, including the University of South Carolina, Furman, St. Olaf College and Princeton University.
I hold three degrees in music: a Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and a Graduate Performance Certificate from the prestigious Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. I have studied piano with Margaret Betcher, Todd Wellborn and Thomas Yang. I have studied horn with Douglas Hill, Michael Hatfield, Nancy Becknell and Peter Landgren.
EVMTA (East Valley Music Teachers' Association), PMTA (Phoenix Music Teachers' Association), ASMTA (Arizona State Music Teachers' Association)