About 

Black Orchid Ed. Outreach Program

Students of all ages, from beginner to advanced are welcome. I have over 15 years of experience teaching and coaching privately and over 20 years of performance experience as a violinist and violist. I am qualified to teach a number of traditional methods in addition to having my own style. 

My primary private instructors have been Warren Friesen conductor of the Lake Superior

Chamber Orchestra, John Graham of the Eastman School of Music, and Toby Appel of

Juilliard and Carnegie Mellon University.

 

I utilize a number of teaching methods including Suzuki, Givens, Orff, Dalcroze, and Kodaly.

 

Teaching Experience;

 

Sistema Shaker Heights after school program, private lessons for ISD 709- Minnesota Public Schools, string sectional coach for Allegheny Valley Youth Orchestra, private lessons and ensemble coaching for over 20 years.

 

Playing Experience;

 

I'm a freelance violinist and violist, and I play a lot of chamber music.  Some of the groups I play with are the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Incidental Chamber Players, Classical Revolution PGH, OvreArts, and Resonance Works.  I also play with the Erie Philharmonic, I'm the former principal violist of the Butler County Symphony, and a founding member of the Black Orchid String Trio, and Pittsburgh's Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra.



I've also had the opportunity to play under or coached by; Sir Andrew Davis in Pittsburgh, Seiji Ozawa in Boston, Bobby McFerrin in St. Paul. I've also had the opportunity to perform in Master Class for Vartan Manoogian, John Graham, Toby Appel, Misha Amory, and Patricia McCarty. I've also been coached by members of the Ying Quartet, Takas Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Quartetto Latinoamericano, Brentano Quartet, American Quartet, and Janáček Quartet.