First Place, 2018 Midwest Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition; Third Place, 2023 GGS Chamber Music Competition
PRISMA Festival & Academy, 2022
Each of my college professors taught me in a very different way and I gained such a vast amount of knowledge from each of them. It was so valuable to learn from them and experience their different teaching styles. Eric Stomberg gave me a great start with fundamentals and guided my career path, Marc Goldberg taught me how to troubleshoot problems and all about the orchestral repertoire, and Glenn Einschlag brought my reedmaking and technical skills to a new level.
Also, a big thank-you to my non-musician husband Damian for teaching me how to relax.
My high school didn’t have an orchestra, so there was a good chance I wouldn’t have been exposed to orchestral music if it hadn’t been for my band director, Greg Dick, and the repertoire he chose. We played arrangements of big classical pieces and it opened my eyes to how cool music written for orchestra is.
I watched my good friends Chia-Yu Hsu and Shelly Li never give up on their dreams despite years of various struggles, and have both succeeded and are playing in professional orchestras now. I hope to follow their example of steadfastness in my own journey.
My bassoon quartet at New England Conservatory was performing for a retirement home and I had the pages of my music out of order and didn’t realize it. When we got to my solo, I just sat there smiling at the audience in complete silence. 😀
Probably following in the footsteps of my cool Aunt Julie and working with animals.
The fact that bassoonists end up throwing away a large percentage of the reeds we make. It’s just part of the process since we can’t control the way the plant grows.
Throw away more reeds!!