Nice to meet you!
I often hear, "I didn't know the flute could sound like that!"
Another common thing I hear, especially from friends who haven't heard me play before is, "Oh you're good! Like...really good." Yes!
I started playing flute when I was 7 years old. At 14, I enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program, which prepared me for my undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University. I had the immense privilege of studying with Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic. Her motto was, "B for Beautiful," a sentiment I still take to heart. I went on to pursue graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with San Francisco Symphony Principal Flutist Tim Day, who encouraged me to let go of perfection.
Since graduating, I have performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. I have enjoyed performing as a soloist at the San Francisco Contemporary Music Festival and Hot Air Festivals, and in collaboration with After Everything Ensemble; Ensemble Mik Nawooj; Emissary Flute Quartet; Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra; and Inverted Space Ensemble. I was a founder and artistic director of Phonochrome, a flexible roster chamber music ensemble in the SF Bay Area from 2013-2015.
I have enjoyed summers at New York Summer Music Festival; Brevard Music Center; Eastern Music Festival; Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival; Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina; and Le Centre D'Arts Orford.
In addition to performing, I am a passionate teacher of flute and Alexander Technique, a method for releasing habitual tension patterns and bringing mind-body awareness to everyday life. I especially love helping other musicians learn to "release into resonance" by letting go of habits that are interfering with their musical goals. You can find out more at my other website, or contact me directly.
I also love petting cats; reading; cooking and eating with friends; going to new places (real, in Hyrule, or DnD); spending time in nature; and building an adventurous life, full of art and community, with my partner.
Workshopping new music with After Everything Ensemble, San Francisco
Performing solo C.P.E. Bach at the 1781 Collective's LABYRINTH #5