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, 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
Pre-College Experience: All-State Band (7th-12th grade), All-State Piano (4 years), Drum Major (2yrs), Governor's Honors Program (oboe), District Honorband (7th-12th grade), UGA JanFest, 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) for over 10 years 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 2015 I founded the Forsyth Philharmonic, a community symphony orchestra in Cumming, GA. Outside of music teaching, I'm always doing artsy things or spending time with my family and 2 whippets, Emma and Gretel. My husband and fellow Mensan, Jason, is an accomplished pianist, choral director, and math teacher. Our son, Seth, is 8 years old and plays violin in the Forsyth Philharmonic.