Hello and thank you for visiting my website! Below is a brief outline of my journey thus far, and how I came to receive a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance.
I am originally from Southern California. Music has been a part of my life since I was very little... I sang in children's choirs, I've played piano since I was five, and I began cello at age ten. I didn't decide to pursue cello professionally until I was a senior in high school. Up until that point, I valued my academics above cello, and after my school work, I spent an equal amount of time playing cello and competitive baseball.
I believe life is about becoming a well-rounded person, not just a well-rounded cellist, and for that reason I encourage and support my students to put school first, and to pursue their other interests outside of cello and music.
After deciding to become a professional cellist in my senior year of high school, I pursued a career in cello vigorously in my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Michigan, studying with Professor Richard Aaron. I finished these two degrees in four and a half years, and then decided to pursue a Doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. I graduated last Spring, and am now officially a doctor!
I spent my time teaching, performing as principal cellist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra, and working to create a program called Infinite Stage, (which you can read more about on the last page), until recently moving back home to Long Beach, California. .
• Bachelor's of Music- 2010
• Master's of Music- 2011
(Both at University of Michigan)
• Doctorate of Musical Arts, 2015
( University of Texas)
• Suzuki Method Certification
(Books 1 and 2)
• Partial Merit Scholarship,U of M
• Full Tuition Scholarship- UT
• Concerto competition winner-
- David Garrett- 2003-2007
- Richard Aaron- 2007-2012
- Bion Tsang- 2012-2015
- Joshua Gindele- 2015
- BUTI Tanglewood Festival
- Heifetz Summer Institute
- Astona Summer Festival
- Colorado College Summer Music