I have been playing and enjoying music from the young age of 4, when I started taking piano lessons. In elementary school, I started playing flute and took an active interest in concert band as well as choir. I started teaching private flute and piano lessons in high school and have 8 years of cumulative teaching experience to date. This rich music upbringing inspired me to pursue a music therapy and flute performance major at Loyola University New Orleans. Studying music therapy, I learned how important music was for the mind, body and spirit of all persons. I gained valuable experience teaching music to individuals with varying levels of cognitive and intellectual impairments and learned how to use music in a therapeutic setting.
I studied flute and piccolo with Patti Adams, an accomplished flute and solo piccolo player in the Louisiana Philharmonic, for all four years of college. I performed and participated in many flute master classes during my time at Loyola, including classes led by Amy Porter, Sir James Galway, Leonard Garrison, Ian Clarke, Sarah Schettler, and Andrea Loewy. I played flute and piccolo in the Loyola University Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Loyola Symphony Orchestra, Crescent City Wind Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and also sang in the Women’s Chorale. I gave two solo flute recitals which featured works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E Bach, Martinu, Hue, Borne, Clarke, Hindemith, Bozza, Burton and Enesco.