photo by Lisa Rigby

photo by Lisa Rigby

I am a Chicago-based composer, violinist, and educator, whose compositions use an expanded palette of instrumental sounds in a dynamic tension between meditative stillness and energetic distraction.

Inspiration arises from natural phenomena and processes, as I attempt an objective resonance. And yet, my music also relies upon personal experience to define what is beautiful and what is important. It is this balancing act between the scientific and the romantic, the mundane and the mystical that hopefully lends my music substance and vitality.

I have worked with many amazing musicians and ensembles, including the Calder Quartet, loadbang, Ensemble Dal Niente, Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, and saxophonists Marcus Weiss, Philipp Staeudlin, Mary Joy Patchett, and Tom Snydacker. My music has been honored by the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission and has been performed at festivals throughout the U.S. and in Italy. In 2015, I earned my DMA from Northwestern University and I graduated with a BA and MA from Tufts University. Educational mentors include Lee Hyla, Jay Alan Yim, Hans Thomalla, John McDonald, Lewis Spratlan and Elliott Schwartz in composition, Clayton Hoener in violin, Barry Drummond in Javanese gamelan performance, and Janet Schmalfeldt in music theory.

As a violinist, I trained classically and in improvisation at the Longy School of Music and Tufts University. From 2007 to 2010, I co-founded, directed, and performed in AXIS, a new music ensemble that blurred the lines between written music and improvised, giving performances in concert halls, art galleries, and outdoors. More recently, I performed in a.p.e.r.i.o.d.i.c’s John Cage festival, with the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, and as a composer-performer in collaboration with Luke Gullickson and the dropshift dance co. (we recently released an album of this music: check it out!)

I am an avid, passionate educator in the domains of composition, music theory, and new music performance practice. I currently teach throughout Chicagoland at North Central College, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Merit School of Music, and People's Music School. This follows prior teaching engagements at Northwestern, Tufts, Bristol Community College, and the Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp. 

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