I graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin, where I earned a Bachelor of Music- Flute Performance degree and I received my Master’s degree from East Carolina University. While in North Carolina, I played piccolo with the North Carolina Symphony as an auxiliary member, and piccolo with the Raleigh Civic Symphony. My primary teachers were Clement Barone (DSO),
Ervin Monroe (DSO), Britton Johnson (Baltimore Symphony), Robert Cole (Philadelphia Symphony) and Timothy Day (San Francisco Symphony).
All of that is only part of my story. I stopped playing flute after a few years in orchestras and didn't play or even have a flute, for about 10 years. I decided to pick up the flute when my daughter was born because I wanted her to appreciate music as I did. The passion to play again and regain my former abilities was very strong, so I purchased a flute, pulled out my music and began to practice and play. After many years, I can say that my love of music and the flute has far surpassed what it was.
I am a now a private flute instructor in Macomb, MI. When not teaching private lessons, I am rehearsing and performing with the Detroit Flute Guild, (DFG 2.0) as the Artistic Director. I am also a founding member of a performing duo, Kellari Flutes, a chamber music coach for the Oakland Youth Orchestras and an MSBOA adjudicator. I am on the board of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association. This organization exists to help inspire the flute community. I am also a sought after clinician and coach for sectionals and chamber ensembles for area high schools.
Teaching and playing flute is now my life. I seek out playing and coaching opportunities. I look for new music with different sounds and techniques. I strive to plan programs that keep audiences engaged and not wanting the performance to end. To me, music is the most expressive language there is. It brings people and cultures together, in happy and sad times. Music is a powerful means of communication and a vehicle from which to express feelings and emotions of all kinds. I truly live by this.