8/2021: Just finished a wonderful summer playing opera with the Des Moines Metro Opera Company! It was my first, full-orchestra playing in 15 months. Things are slowly opening up and I'm excited that my schedule is getting back to normal - keep wearing those masks! Next on my docket is a recording session of music by American, minority composers. Keep an eye out for announcements as the CD will release next February!
4/2021: COVID caused a rough year for the performing arts sector, but the vaccine has brought hope! Though major public performances were shut down for the past year, I have kept busy doing Driveway Concerts in various neighborhoods around Bloomington, and giving virtual masterclasses across the country. I'm currently in Atlanta playing my first opera in 13 months! The new production of Carmen is up and running with an orchestra of 8 players. We're having fun and staying warm in our outdoor circus tent.
1/1/2020: Happy New Year! I'm back in Atlanta for the Spring season and am looking forward to starting off the year with Salome! This spring will be busy with performances throughout Georgia and South Carolina, and teaching engagements in Georgia, Missouri, and Ohio.
8/1/2019: This summer has flown by with lots of changes for me professionally. I spent a wonderful 5 weeks with the Des Moines Metro Opera performing Wozzeck, La Boheme, and Candide. I am now getting settled in Bloomington, IN - my new home! I will be basing myself here for the next few months and am looking forward to establishing relationships with the Universities and Orchestras in the area.
2/2019: Spring Semester is off to a great start with Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera productions, and UA auditions and UA Cello Choir rehearsals underway. Looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds!
10/2018: I feel very lucky to be here in Tuscaloosa. My students work hard and my colleagues are simply amazing. It's been a whirlwind start to the semester with inaugural performance of the UA Faculty Piano Trio last week, and Cellobration UA Cello Day with Guest Alan Harris in mid-September. In addition to this position, I am still performing a lot in Atlanta and the surrounding region. Just last week I performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with the Columbus Symphony and had a blast.
9/2018: Just wrapped up a very successful Cellobration here at UA! This cello festival was the first of its kind in recent history and we had 30 wonderful cellists from all over Alabama and Texas! Highlights of the festival included two wonderful guest masterclasses by the esteemed Alan Harris (Professor Emeritus of the Eastman School of Music) and an all-participant Cello Choir performance. I was inspired by all the learning that happened in just one day and can't wait to do this again next year!
9/2018: Lots to catch up on here! This summer was full of music, traveling, and moving. First was a wildly successful first Adult Chamber Music Intensive at IUJSOM, where I taught and performed alongside IUJSOM faculty. After that, I traveled around the country and accepted a position as the full-time cell instructor a the University of Alabama. I moved to Tuscaloosa at the end of the summer and am loving the job so far!
3/2018: March brings the inaugural performance of the Atlanta Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)! This new ensemble was created to feature the works of underrepresented composers and we are very excited about our first concert!
3/2018: I'm excited to announce that, in addition to teaching at the Summer Chamber Music Seminar at IU, I will also be teaching at the Killington Summer Music Festival this summer. There is still time to apply, so please let your students know about this great opportunity. killingtonmusicfestival.org
12/2017: 2018 will bring the inaugural Summer Chamber Music Seminar at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music!! I'll be coaching participating ensembles along with some incredible musicians from the JSOM and NEC faculties. In addition to playing fantastic chamber music, there will be yoga sessions, lecture discussions and performances for everyone! Check out the website: http://www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/adult/chamber/index.shtml
12/2017: The last four months have been a whirlwind as I've gotten settled in Atlanta! I now hold titled positions with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony, as well as play in the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. I've met many wonderful people here and am excited to see what the New Year brings.
7/2017: After a wonderful summer of traveling with family and tour Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, I have officially moved to Atlanta, GA to begin a freelance career. So far, I love the city and am excited to get involved in the communities here. It seems like a place that has a lot to offer!
5/2017: Three years at New World have flown by and I am so grateful for all the friendships and experiences I've had here! I have learned a ton and thoroughly enjoyed my time down in Miami. Now, I'm looking forward to new adventures - stay tuned for more!
1/2017: I've changed gears and am now preparing for quickly approaching auditions and Concerto Showcase! In December, I was fortunate, along with three other fellows, to win the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. The performances are February 18th, 19th, and 20th in Miami Beach and West Palm Beach.
1/2017: Happy New Year! Things have started off with a bang down here in Miami. Heard it Through The Grapevine was a huge success with master sommelier Virginia Philip and the New World Symphony performing to a sold out crowd. We met all of our goals and overall, it was a very rewarding experience for me. Huge thank-yous to the many people involved in making this event fantastic.
10/2016: I'm happy to be back in Miami Beach for my third season with New World. The orchestra sounds great so far and our season opener with MTT is next week. I'm also in full planning mode for Heard it Through the Grapevine - my concert proposal that will come to fruition on January 6th, 2017!
7/2016: Rehearsals are about to begin with the European Union Youth Orchestra! I'm looking forward to playing Mahler, Bruckner, Mozart, and Haydn with Vasily Petrenko and Bernard Haitink. After a couple of weeks of rehearsals, we'll head out on a tour of several countries in Europe: Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, and Slovakia. Can't wait to meet new people and play great music!
5/2016: I've just finished a fantastic season with New World! HIghlights include a inspiring trip to Medellin, Colombia to work with students of the AFMED program, an extensive Inside the Music performance with my quartet, collaborations with Gil Shaham, and an amazing performance of Das Lied von der Erde with MTT. I'm excited to be traveling to Europe to join the European Union Youth Orchestra for their summer tour, but I can't wait to come back to Miami in the fall!
8/2015: I just spent a meaningful two weeks in Belize as part of the MusAid (musaid.org) organization. We worked with the students and teachers of the National Youth Orchestra of Belize, providing instruction in private lessons and pedagogy workshops. We also had a fabulous time performing at the Bliss Center in Belize City.
9/2014: I'm getting settled in Miami and looking forward to starting a new chapter with the New World Symphony! It was hard to leave Rochester after 5 wonderful years, but I'm really excited about this new opportunity. Stay tuned for concert information and follow our season here: nws.edu.
ALSO - I am thrilled to annouce that Brockport Dance Professor, Vanessa VanWormer and I have started a new, non-profit, collaborative ensemble: Chamber Ballet Brockport. Our dancers are just starting rehearsals for a busy year of performances. Watch for upcoming concert announcements.
3/2014: My professor, Alan Harris and I travelled to Penn State University last Spring and had a wonderful time with the cello studio there. Prof. Harris gave 2 incredible masterclasses and I presented a lecture recital on Kodaly. Thanks to Kim Cook for the fantastic opportunity!
2/2013: Along with my colleagues from the Eastman School of Music, I had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center. The performance has been archived and can be watched here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=10188&source_type=B