What year did you join the orchestra?
I began performing regularly with the Phil in September 2016 when I moved here from North Carolina, but I officially joined as a contracted player during November 2017.
How long have you been playing music?
I began playing piano and taking lessons at age 5, but I didn’t pick up the violin until I went to middle school at age 11. Violin lessons followed in high school, a few years later, and haven’t stopped since. There is always more to learn!
How did you pick your instrument?
In 5th grade a local orchestra came to my school to perform movie music, and I’ll never forget hearing the orchestral sound for the first time. I was blown away, and I knew I had to join orchestra. Why wouldn’t I pick the instrument that always gets the melody?
Most of the time I am the Youth Ensembles Manager for the Reno Phil – I run our four youth orchestras and our free after school music program, Reno Philharmonic Association Kids (RPAK). I also teach private lessons on violin and piano, and play violin with the Reno Phil and the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
When you’re not playing with the Reno Phil, what would we most likely see you doing in your free time?
When I don’t have to be inside, you’ll find me outdoors away from the city – hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, I love it all! Reno is an incredible hub for all things outdoors.
What genre of music are you most excited to play?
Classical music will always affect me in a way that no other style of music can. I love the variety of ways classical music makes me feel, and the technical and interpretive challenges it presents on my instrument.