Music has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I began playing the piano at age 5 and took lessons every year until I’d surpassed all the teachers in my small Indiana hometown. I always wanted to learn to play every instrument, so I spent most of my middle school and high school years in the Band Department. During that time, I played French Horn, Mellophone, bass guitar, was Drum Major of our high school marching band, and later went on to learn banjo and several other instruments just for fun. I played piano for the school musicals, as well as in the Jazz Ensemble, where I was often recognized with high praise from contest judges. I was a State Finalist multiple times in Indiana in classical piano competitions.
I began taking lessons on the harp, mainly as another step towards learning every instrument, but it eventually became my primary instrument and focus. I attended the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for 9 years and earned 3 degrees in Performance (Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Performer Diploma). During that time, I performed with the university’s top orchestras and ensembles, as well as performed solo recitals once a year on the harp and served as an Associate Instructor in the IU Harp Department.
Despite my focus on the harp, my love for the piano has never wavered. While at school, I always found a way to continue playing the piano, whether solo or as accompaniment to another instrument or singer. In fact, after I graduated and finished my degrees, the school asked me to come back to play piano for a special IU Festival Orchestra performance of excerpts from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” under the direction of an esteemed guest conductor. After almost 10 years at the university and 3 degrees focusing on the harp, my final performance at Indiana University was on piano!
While my primary instrument may be the harp, the piano will always be a major love of mine. In college, I would return to my parents’ home and play the piano for hours on end during the weekends. Now that I have my piano here at my home full time, I still find myself getting lost in it for hours at a time. I was also blessed to serve as pianist for the Blackman United Methodist church in Murfreesboro, TN until relocating to Georgia in the Spring of 2017. The piano is such a passion for me, a way to relax, a way to immerse myself in the creativity allowed from such a versatile instrument. I hope that others can find the joy in it as I have.