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 17+ years; Founder and Artistic Director of the Forsyth Philharmonic Orchestra; Vivace Band Camp, Crow Oboe Camp, and band clinic 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 (adjudicator), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota
Performance Groups:Tara Winds, Atlanta Wind Symphony, AWS Woodwind Quintet, Northwinds, Atlanta Festival Academy Orchestra, 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+, many of whom have been selected for District Honor Band, All-State Band, ASYO, MYSO, GYSO, the Governor's Honors Program, superior festival ratings, and college scholarships.
I currently perform with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, 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. 2019 performances included 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. I recently performed at the 2021 MidWest Band Clinic in Chicago, and I look forward to playing with Tara Winds at the 2023 Le Festivals des Anches D'Azur in LaCroix-Valmer, France in 2023.
For 6 years, (2015-2021), I directed 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. During this time, several schools started orchestra clubs/classes, and our county's new performing arts center hosted its first "UFO" (United Forsyth Orchestra) day in 2022! Though we are now too busy to continue running the FP ourselves, we are excited about new orchestra groups (East Forsyth, SONG, etc.) and look forward to seeing more orchestral opportunities for Forsyth County students in the near future.
Outside of teaching music, I'm always doing artsy things: wood-working, pottery, 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, orchestra director, choral director, and math teacher. Our son, Seth, is in 7th grade and plays violin, piano, and percussion.