What is your educational background?
- Doctorate of Music Arts in Music Education from Shenandoah University. Dissertation titled “College Instrumental Ensemble Participation Rates: A Study of Participants and Non-Participants at a Liberal Arts College”
- Master of Music in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, full tuition fellowship for study with CMU Choirs, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Musical Theater, and Opera programs
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Grove City College, voice and violin concentration
What are the main focuses of your research?
- Recruiting and Retention
- Curriculum and Instruction
What specific courses or specialties do you teach, and what has drawn you to those specialties?
I teach orchestra (symphonic and chamber), conducting courses, and string methods and coach small ensembles. I also conduct student teacher observations and practicum, and my 10 years of public school teaching experience drives me to share practical approaches with our current student teachers. Additionally, I am the Audition Coordinator for the Music Department, overseeing all communications with high school students interested in music at Grove City College. I got into this because I love communicating with people and sharing why the Department of Music at Grove City College is so unique.
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Be passionate about life and your career and do not try to copy anyone else. Create your own opportunities.
Is there any additional personal experience you would like for us to share?
I am currently the orchestra content representative for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) as well as the collegiate orchestra representative for the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association (PADESTA). Both positions include curricular and professional development responsibilities as well as conference planning for Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2017 I was awarded the Orchestra Director of the Year Award by PADESTA, and in 2010-11, I was named Teacher of the Year for the Williamsport Area High School.
I currently perform with the Butler County Symphony and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as a violinist. From 2003 to 2011, I was a member of the award-winning faculty in the Williamsport Area School District for the NAMM Foundation “Top Communities for Music Education.” I have also served as the music director and conductor for the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, the conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra, the assistant conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and the choral assistant for Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops.