When I got a degree in cello, I had no idea that it would affect my future in the way it has ended up doing. Becoming a musician started with a desire to play the cello and learn all the cool classical pieces I loved to listen to in my living room. My parents would always tell me to “turn down the Shostakovitch!” (or Brahms, or Beethoven…) and I lived and breathed orchestra. Majoring in music was challenging, but I finished and got my degree. I would not have been able to achieve what I’ve done without the help of many great mentors and teachers over the years.
When I started having kids and having stable, reliable income was suddenly a priority, I discovered that sharing my love of music and helping young people on the path to becoming a musician was both fulfilling and deeply rewarding. I chose music because I was passionate about it. Now, music has chosen me as a life path.
If you are interested in learning the cello or the string bass, or know someone who is, please send me an email or a text message and set up your introductory lesson/interview.
I've taught lessons in the Wichita, Derby and Lindsborg areas for the past nine years. In Derby, I teach lessons at Musical Offerings and, in Wichita, in our home in Riverside. I perform as principal cellist with the Delano Chamber Orchestra and I help coach the cello and bass sections with the Delano Youth Orchestra program. My teachers include Mary Beadell, Nadene Bean, Jan Simiz and Jonas Tauber and I hold a degree from Northern Arizona University.
My Students have performed with the Derby High School Orchestra, the Delano Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Flagstaff Symphony Youth Orchestra.
I want my students to succeed in music, and in their careers, but even more importantly I want them to enjoy and love what they do. I would say that if playing an instrument gives you joy, then do that and a path will present itself and you'll find success and happiness! If you're interested in learning about and setting up lessons with me, click the "Contact Us" button above.