Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 2022; Westside Chamber Players; Mannes Orchestra
My teacher, Elizabeth Mann, has been my biggest inspiration since I first met her at a masterclass three years ago. Every lesson is packed with so much growth, musicianship, and incredible mentorship. She inspires me more and more every day!
It might sound cheesy, but I mostly knew the day my father took me to the local music store and bought me a rental flute! That was the most exciting day of my life.
My teacher heard about a last-minute opening and encouraged me to apply!
I was lucky to fill in at the last minute for Valerie Coleman at Lincoln Center and give the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s new flute concerto with the Mannes Orchestra in March of 2023. I had to learn the concerto two days before the concert. It was an incredible experience, and I am very grateful that Valerie and Jennifer put their trust in me to deliver the premiere.
In my first-ever band concert in middle school I got the hiccups for the entire concert. I think I was too excited. I never got the hiccups again on stage (knock on wood).
It’s hard to pick, but I always go back to The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, and Jefferson Airplane.
I would be working in television! I watched a lot of 30 Rock and Seinfeld growing up, and wanted to write for sitcoms when I was younger!
I would remind my younger self to trust your gut and work hard.