Olympia, WA 98501
Subjects Taught Piano, Violin, Harp
This was my first instrument and will always have a special place in my studio. I studied the Suzuki method but also fiddled around — to the delight of my grandfather, a lover of folk and fiddle music, who constantly requested that I play him the "Orange Blossom Special". (I believe a loving, listening ear can be important for any musician. As a performer, I still take requests.)
As a teacher, my appreciation of technique and some of my most powerful pedagogy methods came from my fabulous violin teacher Ruth Ann Bell.
After five years of begging my parents, I started playing the harp when I was 11. I started competing at 14, performing gigs at 16, and teaching at 17. I consider myself lucky because I found my passion early. I loved it from the beginning. But I also believe it doesn't matter when you find it: start from wherever you are and embrace it from there.
Also at 17, I played with a local city symphony — my first symphony experience! By...