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My journey and adoration for music started at the age of four. I still remember being on the edge of my seat the first time I saw a live performance, and from then on being the source of entertainment at family parties by putting on shows before dinner. Classical music and opera became a sense of joy for me after singing one of my first solos with the Columbus Symphony while in the Columbus Children’s Choir, and later being casted in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Opera Columbus.

I went on to attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a senior in high school, a vibrant and prestigious arts community and school, where I was challenged and inspired to explore art and how it can be integrated into all aspects of our lives. Singing with Josh Groban was one of many musical experiences that Intherlochen presented to me during my time there.

Upon graduation from Interlochen, I went on to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied classical voice and opera with Dr. Mary Schiller and Dr. Dean Southern. During my time at CIM, I had the opportunity to perform in numerous opera scenes programs and to study and perform at the Graz Summer Opera Institute in Graz, Austria in 2006 and The Hawaii Performing Arts Institute in 2008. In 2009, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts where I pursued a Masters Degree in Classical voice at the Longy School of Music, College of Bard studying with Robert Honeysucker.

My interests in teaching, and how music can be used as a form of therapy for the soul and a form of speech therapy in people with communication disorders, began to spur on a collection of projects during my time in Boston. In the summer of 2010, I traveled to Kenya to work with Family Focus Foundation and as part of my work, taught music classes to the children of Mwiki. The healing power that music can have on people that are desperate for our most basic needs for survival gave me hope that music really can heal the world. I have recently started a small private music studio where the majority of my students have a form of a communication disorder. I hope to continue this line of work and to become a licensed speech pathologist, using music as a form of speech therapy. I also work as the Education Coordinator at the Boston Philharmonic where I help to design programs to take to the Boston Public schools and the Boston community to inspire a generation of individuals that see music as a way to positively shape our world.