Assistant Concertmaster, Asheville Symphony Orchestra; Principal Second Violin, Western Piedmont Symphony
Round Top Festival Institute, 2021; Meadowmount School of Music, 2018
When I was around five or six, I remember falling asleep in the back of a car ride home to an orchestral piece that had come on over the radio. It was dark outside, the volume was lower than normal, and the sound of the string section was so lush and dreamy it created a perfectly serene atmosphere I won’t ever forget.
It changes from time to time, but right now my favorite piece is Claude Bolling’s Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio. It’s a unique, showy piece for the violin, and I also like that one of the movements is played on the viola.
I had a formative experience playing Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major with an amazing group of people at a summer music festival, and it still takes me to a sentimental, inspired place every time I listen to it.
Several of my favorites are Hiatus Kaiyote, Jacob Collier, Punch Brothers, and Crumb.
I’m not sure I would choose to play a different instrument, but I might change genres. I’d love to specialize in jazz violin.
One of my hobbies is sewing. A few of the things I wear are handmade.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be good enough.