I bring over two decades of experience to my teaching. I offer cello lessons at my private studio in Crozet, VA (near Charlottesville) and I am the cello instructor at Randolph College, Lynchburg College, and Mary Baldwin University having previously taught as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Oklahoma, and as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State University. My principal teachers included Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gordon Epperson, and Dennis Parker and I hold degrees from Indiana University and LSU.
Student achievements, past and present:
- Membership/principal positions in Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia ensembles (Youth Symphony, Evans Orchestra, and Junior Strings) and the Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra; membership in the Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra.
- Junior and Senior Regional Orchestras for South Central Virginia, All-State orchestra in Oklahoma.
- First prize in Wednesday Music Club high school strings competition.
- Students have gone on to major in music at Southern Methodist University, University of Tulsa, UNC-Greensboro, and UMKC Conservatory of Music.
While proud of my younger students’ achievements, I am also a champion of the idea that music can be an enriching part of life at any level of study and no matter when it starts. I regularly coach a string ensemble at Crozet Arts that is primarily made up of adults who came to study string instruments later in life.
I strive to help any student find a path toward personal growth and joy in playing the cello through humor, appropriate goals, and the essential development of problem solving skills. Please contact me for information on my rates and availability.