What year did you join the orchestra?
I started playing with the Reno Phil when I moved here in the summer of 2018.
How long have you been playing music?
I started playing piano when I was 4 years old, and took up the oboe when I turned 13.
How did you pick your instrument?
When I was in 7th grade, my school hired their first dedicated instrumental music teacher, Leslie Sigmund, to start a program from scratch. The ensemble started with eight kids in a storage room, and the way Leslie developed the program over the next six years continues to inspire how much I enjoy being a part of growing musical organizations. I played flute, but so did someone else, so sometimes I was given oboe parts to cover. I didn’t know what the oboe was, but I asked if I could try it. Soon after starting, I got involved with local youth orchestras, and I enjoyed how the scarcity of oboists allowed me to play with more experienced musicians, and how the oboe’s role in the orchestra always feels like playing large chamber music.
I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno. I teach oboe, classical saxophone, chamber music, and woodwind methods.
When you’re not playing with the Reno Phil, what would we most likely see you doing in your free time?
I have a high energy two-year-old, so a lot of my free time is spent at our gorgeous local parks and hiking trails. I pursue social justice through civic engagement and I teach Sunday school at Temple Sinai Reno.