"I find the classroom dynamic fascinating, and I love to share music that is meaningful to me. The notation and arranging courses I teach cover basic music skills and vocabulary that are essential for any direction in music. Even in these courses, I emphasize expanding listening skills and repertoire. I also encourage creativity though collaboration and assignments intended to help students identify what it is they love in music."
"In my woodwinds composition course, I want my students to develop the ear for writing for these instruments. We do this through listening and analysis of examples from 20th- and 21st-century contemporary classical music, the jazz and improvisational models of these instruments, and related instruments of non-western cultures."
"My class in interdisciplinary arts is about the big picture: how all the arts are expressions of our human experience on earth. Understanding visual art, dance, and poetry—and incorporating aspects of them—enables our music to reach new levels of communication and expression."
"My philosophy is based on the process of listening to music you find powerful and compelling, and then always using integrity to seek and find your own voice, rather than imitating for commercial purposes. I believe a great musician listens to life and integrates it into his or her music, making connections that are true and sincere. So these are the three most important things I want my students to take away with them: always seek musicality, be yourself, and broaden your view."
- Diploma, Berklee College of Music
- B.A., Evergreen State College
- M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
- Teachers include Ran Blake, Michael Gandolfi, and Peter Row
- Teaching assistant, Harvard University and New England Conservatory of Music
- Pre-concert lectures for Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck
- Composed and performed the score for Tartuffe, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Publications include the review "Betty Carter: 'She Could Be Painting Sound'" in Sojourner: The Women's Forum
- Recipient of AAUW grant
- Concert producer/manager Sheila Jordan, Illinois Jacquet, and Steve Swallow
- Copyist for Steve Lacy, J.J. Johnson premier scores