My goal is to help students cultivate their strengths and find areas of improvement in a safe, affirming environment to nourish their musical and academic gifts.
I started my music career playing in the local Chicago punk scene at age 16. After a few years of recording, touring, and writing, I decided to pursue a degree in opera. I spent my first two years of undergrad performing in operas, symphony concerts, and musicals when I felt called to turn my career towards the academy.
I was accepted into the honors college and began thesis work on the aesthetic correlations between architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.
After being admitted into a research fellowship and pursuing research grants, I applied to Masters and PhD programs in musicology. Music has always been my passion but now, I am able to capitalize on my strengths and interests while still pursing a career in music.
Along with my current research, I still sing professional and play as a studio musician in punk, folk, jazz, and metal.
My experience allows me to bring the knowledge I have gained from performing and coursework to the classroom with interdisciplinary teaching methods and collaborative approaches. I hope I am able to work with you or your student to cultivate their passion for the arts.
Undergraduate Degree: Roosevelt University - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Voice and Opera
Graduate Degree: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus - Doctor of Philosophy, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Playing guitar, piano, and bass Buying used books Writing on new research topics Cooking Writing music