Ever since discovering the music of early childhood singer and guitarist Raffi at the age of three, music has become my life’s obsession.
I grew up in Port Washington, NY primarily as a rock guitarist, but became proficient in an increasing number of instruments as I got older. In middle school and high school, I found my musical voice in the saxophone after hearing recordings of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Rollins that were given to me by my grandma. It was at this point in my development when I became engulfed and mesmerized by the world of jazz music and improvisation.
After graduating Paul D. Schreiber High School in 2012, I went on to attend New York University to receive my BM in Jazz Performance, graduating at the top of my class receiving the Jazz Studies Program Award for Exceptional Achievement, Service, and Leadership. I was accepted into a five-year dual degree program affording me the opportunity to receive my MA in Music Education with one additional year of study. Some of the memorable teachers and mentors I studied with at NYU include artist faculty members Mark Turner, Rich Perry, and John Scofield.
As a freelance saxophonist and woodwind doubler (flute and clarinet), I have performed in and around NYC for nearly ten years at a number of well known music venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Kitano, and the Blue Note. I have been privileged to share the stage with numerous jazz greats including Ron McClure, Don Friedman, Matt Wilson, Ted Rosenthal, and Martin Wind.
As a passionate and driven educator, I look forward to working with students of all ages and backgrounds at iSchool of Music and Art! In addition to working with private guitar/woodwind students for over ten years, I have experience as a classroom music teacher, working with students between the ages of 0-20. While learning and mastering a musical instrument can be a difficult and strenuous process, I always emphasize the importance of enjoying one’s musical journey and discovering the fun that stems from the music-making process to all of my students!