I first started as violinist at age of three with my mother, who is also a Suzuki teacher, and a Teacher-Trainer (I'm actually a third-generation Suzuki teacher; my grandmother was also a violinist!). The summer after I turned four, my father switched me to the cello while my mother was out of town! Fortunately, she has since forgiven us both.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have grown up the way I did: completely surrounded by music, and all of the wonderful things that come along with learning an instrument. Being homeschooled, and living in a more rural area meant that music was my connection to others, and all of my friends came from my mother's violin studio. That only continued when I got older, when I joined a pre-college music program at the Hartt School of Music, and the Connecticut Youth Symphony.
I am beyond fortunate to have been able to continue my education where I did, and every teacher I had increased my understanding and love of music, and teaching. Through high school, and the start of music school, I was able to work with some of the best Suzuki teachers in the country. When I transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music, and went on to get my Master's degree, I was able to study with incredible cellists, such as Stephen Geber, who was principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as Stephen Balderston, and Brant Taylor from the Chicago Symphony. At that time, I was also able to complete my Suzuki Teacher Training in all 10 Suzuki Books with Tanya Carey, who is a world-renowned pedagogue.
After completing my post-Masters program, it became clear to me that I had gathered an incredible amount of knowledge from so many wonderful sources, and I wanted to share that information with the next generation of cellists. I hope that through my teaching, I'm able to provide the joy I had growing up, and to give a glimpse into the amazing world of music.
If you'd like to read a more detailed biography, you can go to my Suzuki Association page: