I have taught students of all ages and levels for over twenty years. Presently, I teach flute lessons in my home studio in Crozet, VA (near Charlottesville) and at Longwood and Eastern Mennonite Universities, Bridgewater College, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School. I shape my instruction to help my students meet their individual goals whether they want to compete in competitions, perform in a recital, audition for an ensemble, or play “Happy Birthday” for Grandma. I am Suzuki certified for Books 1 and 2 and use this approach in teaching my youngest students (ages 4 through 10), supplementing with other methods and materials that I have used over the years. I also enjoy teaching adults and coach an adult amateur flute ensemble at Crozet Arts. Ultimately, I want my students to have enriching musical experiences that will have a lasting impact on their lives.
Student achievements, past and present:
- Membership/principal positions in Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia ensembles (Youth Symphony, Evans Orchestra, and all flute ensembles); and in the Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra.
- District Festival and All-State bands/orchestras in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas; Senior Regional Orchestra in Virginia.
- Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair High School Flute Choir, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (MI), Quartz Mountain Music Festival (OK), Tanglewood Flute Workshop (MA), North Carolina School of the Arts Flute Masterclass with Tadeo Coelho.
Former “honors” students / competition winners:
Christopher Johnson, currently flutist in The Knight’s and Director of Music/Organist, The Riverside Church, NYC. In high school Chris was winner of both the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition and Oklahoma City Philharmonic Concerto Competitions and went on to double-major in flute and viola at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Karen Eichinger, currently flutist in The Lone Star Orchestra, Dallas, Texas. While studying with me in college, she was the 2nd place winner in the Oklahoma Flute Society College Competition. Later in grad school she went on to win the Texas Music Teachers Association Solo Competition and the 2008 National Flute Association Piccolo Competition.
In high school, Hayley Lawson won the Tulsa Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Hyechka Woodwind Award, and the Crescendo Award (2nd place) before accepting a full scholarship to University of Oklahoma where she was winner of OU’s Undergraduate Concerto Competition.
Caroline Walsh was Principal Flute in the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony and Senior Regional Orchestra. She placed 2nd in the 2012 International Flute Symposium Competition at West Virginia University and earned an Honorable Mention in the Valley Symphonic Concerts 2011 Young Instrumentalists Competition. She has twice performed with the Shenandoah Bach Festival on a Festival Fellowship.