I began playing violin when I was 9 years old. Through my high school years I worked through the ten books of the Suzuki violin repertoire, while remaining highly involved in youth string ensembles and orchestras as well as community symphonies. I have attended many string institutes, as well as the All Northwest Orchestra, and the National Youth Symphony. In college, I continued to play with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra (CA) and toured in Europe. I continued to play in various community orchestras, ensembles, and symphonies as my husband and I moved from state to state. I hold a B.S. with Honors from Stanford University and an M.S from the University of Oregon.
I began teaching private violin lessons in 2006 and am a registered instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have taken teacher training courses at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Colorado Suzuki Institute, and short-term teacher training with Kathleen Spring, Lamont School of Music, having completed training through Suzuki Book 8 of the complete repertoire. I completed a one-year, long-term practicum in 2011 through the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program. I am a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Colorado Suzuki Association, and am the current president of the Pikes Peak Suzuki Music Association. I perform with various civic organizations as well as a soloist for weddings and occasional concerts. I am an active performer with the violin/piano duo, Monument Medley, the instrumentalist for the Moonlighters vocal group, and have played with the Colorado Springs Camarata.
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