As musicians, we all have our strengths, yet go through personal struggles that create the stories of our musicianship, and my story was no different. In the beginning, I was not interested in the flute because I spent the first couple of months thinking it was the choice my 4th grade band teacher made for me, and the chore my mom wanted me to pursue since she tried the instrument as a kid. Holding the instrument was hard for me to maintain, my capabilities of producing a sound didn’t exist, and I was on the verge of quitting. It wasn’t until I was 9 when my flute teacher, Anna, quickly changed those struggles in fixing my hand positions and helping me create a sound, so I could play the instrument easily and love it at the same time. My early dislike for the flute gradually dissipated throughout the years, due to Anna’s guidance with private lessons, and the opportunities I encountered at school by making music with others.
My knowledge and appreciation for the flute continued to grow throughout my childhood, and I was striven to improve my artistic skills and creativity through music by pursuing it as a career, not really knowing where my future would lead me. What originally was a goal of playing more music just for fun, turned into a whole new perspective of what I could personally achieve. During my early years in college, my teacher Christina encouraged my progress and showed me how I can bring forth my craft to others, whether it was through performing, teaching or other outlets that I was interested in. The flute wasn’t just the instrument I played, it was MY instrument that I felt more passionate about each day.
After completing undergraduate studies in Georgia, I took a risk, packed my bags and moved half way across the U.S. to Denver, Colorado to pursue my graduate studies and music career. Even though I encountered new struggles with my playing as well as making a name for myself in a completely new town where I knew no one, I decided to NOT let those obstacles overcome my confidence and passion. I took in new experiences and opportunities by performing with community-based groups from orchestras to contemporary chamber ensembles, and connected with other Denver flutists by attending flute events and joining a flute choir. One of my dreams came to reality, when I was invited to sub in a Colorado Symphony performance because not only did I receive an opportunity to play in a professional symphony, but I was able to perform right next to my graduate teacher, Julie!
While performing is such a big part in my career, I enjoy utilizing different skills that have taken my interest. As a composer, I am able to write and arranged for the contemporary ensembles I take part in. I have also received opportunities with local band programs by teaching flute sectionals and lessons. As a teacher, my goal is to help elevate my students skills, but also make flute playing fun and engaging in the process. I have worked in social media marketing for local businesses, including the podcast, Fiddle & Pipe that I cohost with my close friend Brittany. These skills have allowed me to expand my career that I could not have imagined for myself when I started music school.
I have accomplished many challenges as young flutist, met great musicians, performed in various venues across the globe, and have taken many risks to get to where I am today. My goal is to share my musical knowledge to other musicians who are either struggling with finding their musical path or are inspired to improve their different skills. We can turn our struggles into strengths and successes within our unique voice!
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Music has led me to travel to 2 continents outside of the U.S and visit some cool places like the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria AND The Great Wall of China!
My favorite animal is the sloth, and nope, it's no joke! I even have a giant sloth animal in my flute loft for myself to hug on a stressful day!
When I'm not fluting, I'm podcasting on Fiddle & Pipe, a book club with my best friend and violinist, Brittany Ross! Follow us as we read beyond the staff and learn more about ourselves outside the practice room!