I'm a Chicago-based clarinetist and educator who performs in a variety of musical settings. Equally at home in composed and improvised musics, I'm a member of a.pe.ri.od.ic, a collective of performers and composers dedicated to experimental music, and I regularly collaborate with jazz musicians, rock bands and dancers.
Originally from Greenville, SC, I have a BM in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. I've received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and was selected to attend a residency with Roscoe Mitchell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Though I'm primarily a clarinetist, I began my musical studies on the piano and have extensive experience working with young piano students. I've taught piano and woodwinds at Music Makers of Western Springs since 2012 and the British International School of Chicago Lincoln Park since 2015. As a teacher, my aim is to help students see the strength within themselves by using the learning of music as a means of self-discovery. Lessons incorporate listening, technique building, theory, ear training, duets, and improvisation to develop deeper understanding and mastery. Musical material becomes a jumping off point for creative expression and interpretation.