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Teaching Artist Statement

When I work with students, I especially enjoy seeing them discover the excitement of learning new skills and making music. Seeing children, and adults grow in confidence is my highest goal. I’m a teacher, not a critic. My job is not to correctly identify what students are doing wrong; rather, it is to guide them into solid playing and performing in ways that grow their confidence.

I received my Suzuki training and became the first Suzuki trumpet teacher in the United States in 2016. I had no way of knowing how much I would love working with young children. I find working alongside parents to build a love of music at an early age to be extremely rewarding. It’s wonderful to help build a lifelong love of music, as well as solid approaches to building new skills. I also love helping students find ways to meet challenges with a positive attitude. It means so much to help them see that, when faced with new challenges, they can meet them and have good ideas on how to proceed.

I’ve worked with students from the age of 4 to 83. Adults are an important part of my teaching, as well. I delight in helping to rekindle an earlier passion and find ways to fulfill their potential in ways beyond what they learned in their school years.

Teaching Bio

I earned trumpet performance degrees from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music) and Yale School of Music (Mater of Music). At Wheaton I taught trumpet in the community music school, and at Yale I taught college trumpet students. I have taught private lessons at my home studio in Lynnwood, Suzuki Institute of Music in Seattle, and now at Music Center of the Northwest. I have also taught as a paraprofessional in the Edmonds and Northshore school districts.

Many of my students perform in the area’s solo & ensemble festivals, with several advancing to the state competition. I’ve had students win and place at the state level several times. Also, many of them have been accepted in, and loved participating in, the all-state and all-northwest ensembles.

I teach traditional trumpet methods, as well as Suzuki trumpet. I received my Suzuki training in Sweden and received the Trumpet Level 1 certificate from the European Suzuki Association. I also teach basic theory to my students.

Performance Bio

I am principal trumpet with Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Everett Philharmonic and Octava Chamber Orchestra. I also am a member of Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra and North Corner Chamber Orchestra. I am a founding member of Brass Reflections, a local brass quintet, and in the past have been part of rock bands and Latin bands. I enjoy arranging music and have arranged a number of pieces for my brass quintet. I also sometimes provide my own arrangements and trumpet descants when playing for churches and weddings.

I am also frequently invited to perform with many local orchestras, bands and choirs. Some of these are Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Federal Way Symphony, Symphony Tacoma and Yakima Symphony.

I have performed in many solo and chamber settings, from Baroque music to brand new pieces written especially for me. As a soloist I have performed with bands and orchestras on the West Coast, the Midwest and in New England. Locally I’ve been a featured soloist with: Octava Chamber Orchestra, Skagit Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Wind Symphony, Everett Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Mukilteo Community Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Eastside Symphony, Brass Band Northwest, Boeing Employees Concert Band, Whatcom Wind Ensemble, Everett Philharmonic, Thalia Symphony, Rainier Symphony, and live on KING-FM.