I bring to Music Foundations over ten years experience teaching all ages of students, from beginners to advanced. I teach many styles, from Classical to jazz, rock, and pop. I graduated from the prestigious Eastman School Of Music with a Master’s degree in piano performance and literature in 1997, and started teaching piano lessons in Cary NC in 2001. Since moving to the Cary/Raleigh area I have added to my Classical credentials by spending three years studying jazz using the intense Lennie Tristano method.
I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, certified by the Music Teachers’ National Association. I am a member of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. I engage in frequent professional renewal activities including seminars, workshops, and lessons. I have been published in Clavier Companion magazine.
Along with my piano instructor duties, I maintain an active performing schedule. In addition to solo performances I have played in several local bands. I have been staff pianist at Genesis United Methodist Church in Cary for fifteen years. I was choral accompanist for the senior high choir at Cary Christian School from 2010-2015. I have also performed as orchestral pianist/keyboardist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Raleigh Symphony, the Durham Symphony, and the North Carolina Opera. I can be heard on the North Carolina Symphony’s CD release, “American Spectrum,” performing with the symphony accompanying the quartet of world famous saxophonist Branford Marsalis. In 2010 I accompanied superstar violinist Joshua Bell in a private concert. In 2013, 2014, and 2016 I accompanied world famous pop-opera quartet il Divo in their Raleigh and Durham performances. In March 2014, I accompanied the Cary Christian School Chamber Choir performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
In 2004, I released a CD of my own original compositions and arrangements entitled “Offering.” During two CD release concerts, over $20,000 was raised for the Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor (ZOE), benefiting HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa. Since then Music Foundations has championed other causes including rainforest conservation, orphaned elephants and rhinos, and a local young musician battling cystic fibrosis.