A current resident of Amherst, MA, I was born and raised in Holyoke. I have been playing violin for 14 years and am passionate about providing quality music education to the children of Holyoke and the surrounding communities of Western, MA. Violin is my primary instrument, but I am also comfortable teaching beginner cello and viola, classical voice, string chamber music, and music theory. I teach primarily through the Suzuki method for violin, but believe that every student has different and individual needs, and my teaching will always cater to the individual student. I believe that students should first and foremost have a love of music and listening to music. Additionally, through instruction, they should be fluent readers of music and have an understanding of theory and aural skills in order to complement and enrich their playing. My job is to provide students with the tools to practice and gain a comprehensive technical and artistic ability on their instrument.
I anticipate graduating from UMass with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2020. Additionally, I completed my Suzuki Book One Training in the Spring of 2019. The violin teachers I have studied under include: Andrew Verrocchi, Jen Gelineau, Khullip Jeung, and currently Elizabeth Chang. I have been a member of the Springfield Youth Sinfonia conducted by Marsha Hassett, and Springfield Youth Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Lam. Currently, I play in the UMass Symphony Orchestra, previously led by Tian Ng Hui, and presently, Morihiko Nakahara. In my time at UMass, I’ve also performed in numerous string quartets and chamber groups, notably the Opus One String Chamber Orchestra. I have also run sectionals for the Umass All University Orchestra. I will be returning to teach violin at Holyoke Summer Strings in 2019 (this will be my sixth season); I’ve also spent two summers teaching violin, voice, and theater at Camp Romaca in Hinsdale MA.
Outside of music, I enjoy spending time outdoors! I am an avid runner and hiker, and spend most of my weekends and free time camping and exploring New England.