Education: M.M.Ed. and BMUS from UGA (oboe and academic scholarship) - First Honor Graduate/Summa Cum Laude
Teaching Experience: Private Oboe/Bassoon/Piano Instructor for 15+ years, Founder and Artistic Director of the Forsyth Philharmonic Orchestra, Vivace Band Camp and Crow Oboe Camp instructor
Awards: GMEA Collegiate Scholar, Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Music Educator, GMTA Outstanding Performer, graduated with "highest honors" via the UGA Honors program
Memberships: MENSA, GMEA (and adjudicator), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota
Performance Groups:Tara Winds, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Northwinds, Forsyth Philharmonic, Georgia Philharmonic, UGA Wind Symphony, UGA Orchestra, UGA Opera Orchestra, North GA Chamber Music Retreat
Pre-College Experience: All-State Band (7th-12th grade), All-State Piano (4 years), Drum Major (2 years), Governor's Honors Program, District Honor Band (7th-12th grade), UGA JanFest/MidFest, Jazz Band
At the University of Georgia, I studied oboe with Dr. Dwight Manning and performed major works including Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Handel's Messiah, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, the opera La Boheme, and the well-known English Horn solo in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. I was also fortunate enough to have had masterclasses with renowned oboists John Mack and Dr. Martin Schuring. Under the instruction of both Betty White and Grace Caudle, I engaged in formal piano study for over fifteen years. During this time, I received multiple awards and honors in GMEA/GMTA competitions. I have taught private lessons (oboe, EH, bassoon, and piano) and school masterclasses since 2005 to students in grades 6-12+ who have been selected for District Honor Band, All-State Band, MYSO, GYSO, superior festival ratings, and college scholarships.
I currently perform with Tara Winds and the Northwinds Symphonic Band. In 2018, I co-founded Crow Oboe Camp (a performance and reed-making camp for oboe students) with my oboist colleague, Brittany Grant. During the summer of 2018, I toured southern Germany with Tara Winds, performing in concerts with the Blasorchestrer of Musikverein Rangendingen and the Mannheimer Blasphilharmonie. In 2019, I performed with Tara Winds at Reinhardt University and the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Athens, GA. In 2020, I performed at the GMEA conference with both Tara Winds and the Atlanta Wind Symphony. AWS has been invited to the 2021 MidWest Band Clinic in Chicago, and Tara Winds has been invited to the 2022 Le Festivals des Anches D'Azur in LaCroix-Valmer, France.
In 2015 I founded and began directing the Forsyth Philharmonic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit symphony orchestra for adults and talented students in Cumming, GA. I created this group in response to the lack of orchestra programs in Forsyth County Schools. Outside of music teaching, I'm always doing artsy things, wood-working, painting, home improvement, learning new instruments, or spending time with my family and pet whippet, Emma. My husband and fellow Mensan, Jason, is an accomplished pianist, choral director, math teacher, and co-director of the Forsyth Philharmonic. Our son, Seth, is in 5th grade and plays violin (and piano) in the Forsyth Philharmonic.