What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I am thrilled to be playing with the Jacksonville Symphony! For eight years I lived in Texas, going to school and holding positions with the Houston and San Antonio symphonies. Being a native of the Jersey Shore, I am looking forward to living back by the beach!
What would you be doing if you weren't a classical musician?
Being a musician allows me to express the creative side of my personality, so if the horn weren't my outlet then it would be another of my interests; French, Art History, or Psychology. I also fantasize about opening a coffee shop in the mountains.
What do you do in your spare time?
I read a lot, am into running, meditation, culinary adventures, travel, and have recently picked up the accordion.
What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
Getting to travel, and meet and collaborate with so many amazing people. I am always learning new things about myself and the world.
What sports do you participate in?
Running, yoga and hiking.
What is your favorite food?
Thin crust New York-style pizza
Who is your favorite composer?
What's currently on your iPhone?
The soundtrack to Star Trek Into Darkness
My dad was my very first music teacher and later high school band director. I started college at the Manhattan School of Music with Metropolitan Opera horn player Michelle Baker. After two years I moved to Houston and earned my undergraduate and masters degrees at Rice University studying with William VerMeulen. I've also worked closely with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger and Julie Landsman.