Significant teachers and mentors:
My two cello heroes are Dr. Gordon Epperson and Madame Raya Garbousova. Both taught and encouraged me to strive for excellence through positive reinforcement. They both allowed me to be my own individual musician rather than to impose their own technical and musical approach to cello playing.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Music is one of life's treasures. As players, it provides us the opportunity for self expression and emotional connection through our instrument. My philosophy as an instructor is to invite young musicians to experience music through encouragement and in a positive, nurturing atmosphere rather than one of fear or intimidation. Through this journey, the student must find their own voice and become their own teacher.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Section Cellist of the Grant Park Symphony, 1992-present; Section Cellist substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1997-present; Principal Cellist of Camerata Chicago, 2007-present; Faculty Cellist with the NIU Community School of the Arts, 1988-present; Guest Lecturer of Cello at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, 2005-2016; Conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, NIU Sinfonia and NIU Symphonette.
Interests outside of music:
I enjoy running/jogging, bike riding, carpentry, gardening, playing tennis, ping pong, billiards, philately, reading and the occasional jigsaw puzzle.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Johannes Brahms. Favorite piece is whatever I happen to be working on at the time.