I received my B.A. in music from Columbia University and my M.M. in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. My compositions have been performed at numerous music festivals, salons, and other events, and I have received city and state grants to support my work. I am also an active flutist and currently do mainly orchestral playing.
I believe in taking a multifaceted approach to learning. For example, in composition and music theory lessons, I make sure to address as many different aspects of the students' work as possible, e.g., harmony/counterpoint, motivic development, timbre, large-scale form, etc. in order for the student to reach his or her highest expressive potential.
In flute lessons, I often encourage students to sing the melodies that they are learning. That way they can first connect with the musical phrasing without worrying about the technical aspects of the instrument. The intuitive grasp of the melody that the students acquire through singing can then inform their musical choices and expression when they play it on the flute.
-Substitute Music Theory Instructor, Merit School of Music (Jan. 2015-present): substitute teach Level II theory course at the Merit School of Music as needed
-Music Instructor, Park Ridge Park District (Aug. 2014-July 2015): teach elementary piano and piano/voice combination lessons
-Choir Director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA (Feb. 2013- May 2014): led weekly rehearsals with adult choir; directed the choir during Sunday and special services; selected repertoire; participated in worship planning meetings; led rehearsals from the piano when the accompanist was absent; completed administrative tasks such as filing and photocopying
-Private Flute Teacher (Sept. 2009-Dec. 2013): taught beginning and intermediate students in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco on a private and volunteer basis
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2012-2014)
Master of Music in Composition
Columbia University in the City of New York (2008-2012)
Bachelor of Arts in Music
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