Education: M.M.Ed. and BMUS from UGA - First Honor Graduate
Scholarships: full - UGA music and academic
Awards: GMEA Collegiate Scholar, Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Music Educator, GMTA Outstanding Performer, "Highest Honors" through the UGA Honors program
Memberships: MENSA, GMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota
Performing Experience:Tara Winds, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Northwinds, Forsyth Philharmonic, Georgia Philharmonic, UGA Wind Symphony, UGA Orchestra, UGA Opera Orchestra, Oboist with Cumming Playhouse Singers, North GA Chamber Retreat
Pre-College Experience: All-State Band (7th-12th grade), All-State Piano (4 years), Drum Major (2 years), Governor's Honors Program (oboe), 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) 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. 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. Over the past several years I have performed with the Georgia Philharmonic, the UNG Wind Symphony, the Atlanta Wind Symphony, and the North Georgia Chamber Music Retreat. In 2019, I will be performing with Tara Winds at Reinhardt University and the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Athens, GA.
In 2015 I founded and began directing the Forsyth Philharmonic, a community symphony orchestra for adults and talented students in Cumming, GA. Outside of music teaching, I'm always doing artsy things, 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 3rd grade and plays violin (and piano) in the Forsyth Philharmonic.