I was born in Seattle, WA to a musical family. I grew up playing piano, writing music, and discovered the bassoon at age 13. After two years at Interlochen Arts Academy, I earned degrees in bassoon and composition from The Juilliard School. I feel very lucky to have won a position with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in beautiful Portland, OR! I love to teach, working with high-school aged students privately but also at Portland State University. I’ve performed with professional orchestras internationally and participated in numerous summer festivals, but some of my favorite performances have been with local rock bands whether I’m playing electric bassoon, keyboards, or who knows what else. I love to write and arrange music for my friends.
The Cabrillo Festival is an incredible opportunity for a community of musicians and audience alike to come together and experience contemporary music for orchestra. Such a diversity of musical styles are presented to an eager and open-minded audience, I don’t know of anything else like it in the world. The latest pieces by established masters of our time are placed alongside new works from creative young talents or composers perhaps unknown to even our very astute audience. As a member of the Cabrillo Festival orchestra, I have sung, played the whirly tube, taken an improvised blues solo… the definition of being an orchestral musician in the 21st Century is updated and rewritten at Cabrillo. And we love it.