Significant teachers and mentors:
Douglas Humpherys, Seymour Bernstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Martin Canin, Maxine Giannini
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
I want each student to achieve their goals at the piano and to have a good experience playing and studying music. I teach technique not just to achieve mastery at the keyboard, but also to gain expressive freedom at the instrument. I encourage my students to use the score to support their musical intuition and to help shape their interpretive choices.
I love the piano because each pianist brings a unique personality to the instrument. You can tell who the pianist is based on the nuances of their tone and phrasing. I also love the depth, range, and variety of piano literature. There are always new composers and music to study, explore, and perform.
Professional affiliations & activities:
2020-2021 LYNX Project: artist-pianist premiering new songs for voice and piano, recording songs for an anthology celebrating four years of the autism advocacy series
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition Coordinator Illinois
Suzuki Association of America
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Interests outside of music:
My interests outside of music include reading, coffee, tea, soccer, running, cooking, and being outdoors.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
I love music from the early 20th century: Karol Szymanowski, Lili Boulanger, Carlos Chavez, Paul Hindemith, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, Bela Bartok, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, and Arnold Schoenberg to name just a few! I also love to read fiction and essays about music.