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ABOUT ME

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.

Education

  • 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


Notable Performances

  • 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

  • Arizona Opera

  • Carmel Bach Festival

Teaching Experience

  • 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