I AM A CHAMBER & ORCHESTRAL CLARINETIST, MUSIC EDUCATOR AND FELDENKRAIS® INSTRUCTOR IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
In each of my roles, I strive to inspire awareness, curiosity and growth in all members of our community, so that they may live their most dynamic lives.
As a musical artist, my performance history spans nearly two decades with many notable symphonies, orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the United States.
I am currently an extra musician with the Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera, and I am a member of the Phoenix-based chamber music ensemble Urban Nocturnes. Each summer, I perform with the world-class Carmel Bach Festival, where I was principal clarinetist in 2012 and 2017.
In addition to offering clarinet and piano lessons to children and adults in my Phoenix studio, I am a also a certified Feldenkrais Instructor.
I discovered the The Feldenkrais Method® in 2004, when I was struggling with a painful jaw disorder that threatened to compromise my music performance career.
The practice taught me to work through my limitations by learning awareness of my movements – and altering them accordingly – to bring about lasting, pain-free change.
This revelatory experience propelled me to become a Feldenkrais Instructor myself, so that I could help others increase their own somatic understanding of themselves to live their fullest lives.
Bachelors of Music in Clarinet at the University of the Pacific – Studied with Dr. Patricia Shands on clarinet and Dr. Frank Wiens on piano
Masters of Music in Clarinet at Arizona State University – Studied with Dr. Robert Spring
Clarinet Studies with David Krakauer at the Mannes College of Music in New York City
Professional orchestras and opera companies throughout California, including Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Monterey and Santa Cruz
Summer Festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, Domaine Forget Festival in Quebec, the Bear Valley Festival in California
The Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet at University of the Pacific
The Pacific Orchestra
The Phoenix Symphony
Carmel Bach Festival
Adjunct Music Instructor at Glendale Community College and Phoenix College
Clarinet Instructor at California State University, Stanislaus and Phoenix College
Guest Lecturer of Clarinet & Chamber Music at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
Clarinet Master Class Instructor at numerous public and private schools on the West Coast
Youth Symphony Instructor at Sacramento Youth Symphony, Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Davis High School Symphony
Music Camp Instructor at the Stanislaus Chamber Music Camp, University of the Pacific Music Camp and the Mill Ave Chamber Players Chamber Music Camp
Feldenkrais Instructor at Phoenix College, University of the Pacific, Arizona State University and University of California, Davis