viola, violin, and a whole lot more
As a lifelong musician, I've always eagerly approached new opportunities to learn, perform, and share my experience through teaching. I'm very lucky to be an active performer, playing electric violin with art-rock weirdos UNIVERSE CONTEST since 2014, viola with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra since 2015, and most recently debuting new music with pop/soul artist Jacoby Vann, and playing bass guitar with our band "I, Lover."
In recent years, I have also performed extensively with LNK New Music Collective (a consortium of rising composers), and with pianist Jennifer Aliwarga as a duo called Variasi Music. In 2017-2018, I was very fortunate to curate a series of music performances at Marz Bar in downtown Lincoln, featuring chamber music, punk bands, folk singers, and an exciting array of sound experiments. I have had several unique opportunities to stretch my skills beyond performance, such as co-teaching an experimental instrument-making class with Jay Kreimer through Lincoln's South of Downtown Art Hub, and scoring/music-directing the short film "Say Goodbye, Grace," in collaboration with composer Josh Spaulding.
Throughout these projects, I have been teaching viola and violin students in Lincoln since 2009, volunteered as a bass instructor and band coach for Omaha Girls Rock since 2015, and began offering online lessons to reach remote locations in early 2020. Although this year has been a struggle in many ways, I am very excited to now be able to reach students wherever they may be, only limited by time and internet access.
I am currently working from home, with Panther, Biscuit and Beans, who are very unhelpful teaching assistants. Some of my students have been lucky enough to play along with the mournful harmonies of my roommate's talented dog, Paz. While I look forward to resuming lessons in person, I am grateful to be able to dedicate this time to helping as many students as possible, developing online resources, and committing to my own musical practice.
Thank you for visiting, and happy practicing,