When I was 6, I started studying the violin under the Suzuki Method and have been involved in the arts ever since. The Suzuki Method, a Japanese method of Talent Education rests under the fundamental belief that all children – regardless of circumstance can appreciate and develop musical and artistic abilities. That fundamental belief has fostered a deep appreciation for the people around me and the ideology that everyone has something to offer the world.
I graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and pursed a B.F.A in Fine Arts (Painting) and a B.M. in Music Education (Violin) from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. During college, I volunteered with the Children’s Resource Center, Woodlane Residential Industries, Columbus School for the Blind, and the Music Plus Program giving music, singing, and art lessons to students and adults with disabilities. I also worked as the Art Director for an Easter Seals Camp in Colorado, teaching art to people with mental and physical disabilities.
After graduation, I taught elementary general music at Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners in Cleveland, Ohio. Although it was a blast, I moved to Hamamatsu, Japan in 2012 as a member of the JET Program. I taught English as a second language as well as joined the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra for their 2012-2014 performing seasons.
Regardless of geography, I have noticed that the arts have a magnetizing gravity that pulls people together and offers new opportunities. I’m excited to be affiliated with WhyArts? and for the opportunities to come!