I was accepted into the Violin Performance program as a freshman at Brigham Young University and participated in the top ensembles there. After completing my undergraduate degree in Music, I attended the University of Northern Colorado, where I graduated with a master's degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis) in 2008, complete with a CO teaching certificate. During my studies at the university, I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, an orchestra set-up crew member, and a violin section leader. I finished portions of my student teaching in Colorado Springs and completed my student teaching requirements in Highland, UT.
I have taught Beginning Orchestra Classes publicly in six different school districts in Utah and Colorado during the past twenty years. I also began teaching private violin lessons at age 19. I appreciate the value of continuing education, and I find myself borrowing heavily from the twenty years of training and private instruction I received, from teachers of many backgrounds, when I work with my students. Right now, I am focusing primarily on my private studio. See More Info to find out more!
It was amazing to be selected as one of ten musicians from the United States to perform in an all-expenses-paid (minus airfare) collegiate group based in Berlin in 2001. We lived in a castle for two weeks and rehearsed one time in an old abandoned factory. We toured Berlin, Saarbrucken, Amsterdam, and other notable cities in that part of Europe. It was additionally glorious to participate in music for the Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. I have recorded over twenty CD's and two movie soundtracks for the Orchestra at Temple Square, a companion ensemble to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. I auditioned at the time of the orchestra's formation in 1999 and still continue as a regular member. It has been a marvelous blessing to spread awareness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in such a unique way! See thetabernaclechoir.org.
These teacher certification workshops, offered through the Suzuki Association of the Americas organization, with celebrated guest teachers, go through the Suzuki Violin Books sequentially; they provide excellent training and ideas for teaching young beginners especially (approximately ages 3-10). I have successfully completed six courses, certifying me up through Level 5.
I have been hired to step in as a guest concertmaster, soloist, or participant in various groups, including for the Oratorio Society's annual Messiah performances, which has been a pleasure. Playing for weddings, in church or at retirement centers is always memorable. I also thoroughly enjoyed my job as a violinist at Busch Gardens for their "Holiday in Roma" show. We performed over 320 shows that summer, but I never got tired of the music! I have done some album recording, but mostly I prepare solo recitals when I get the itch to perform. Click on Spotlights to see videos.
I have branched out even more in my musical pursuits in the last ten years. I prepared a few solo recitals--after all, it always helps to have something to practice for!--stepped into the popular music scene when I joined Turquoise, took two summers of organ lessons, recorded my own CD, began teaching myself guitar and piano, and was even featured in a commercial for Deseret Industries! In 2019, my husband and I moved our family to Tooele, UT, where I was named Associate Director of the newly-formed Tooele Valley Youth Symphony!