LESSONS, COACHINGS, 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

The success of any musician comes from having solid, attainable goals, and a comprehensive roadmap of how to achieve them. Regular private lessons can help navigate and integrate these things and make oboe-ing, as well as the general enjoyment of music much more worthwhile and applicable to one's daily life. Overall, I believe that encouragement, kindness, and solid instruction shape a well-rounded musician. See below for details and a list of recent student achievements. Lessons and coachings are offered in both in-person and online settings (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime); for questions, current rates, and scheduling, please contact me.

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Students from the studio have recently earned positions in many youth ensembles, camps, solo competitions, and college studios, throughout the mid and southeastern Michigan regions:

  • DSO CYE Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Band

  • DMYS Symphony & Concert Orchestras 

  • OYO Symphony & Concert Orchestras

  • UM Michigan Youth Ensembles 

  • Flint Youth Symphony & Wind Ensemble 

  • Mid-Michigan Youth Symphony

  • 2020 MSBOA All State Orchestra & Band Oboe Sections

  • 2020 Ann Arbor Sym. Young Artist Competition Finalist

  • 2019 OYO Concerto Competition Winner 

  • 2019 MYAF Outstanding Soloist Nominations (4 out of 7)

  • Participants in UWEC Online Double Reed Camp, CMU Double Reed Day, Reedmaking Camp, UMKC Double Reed Institute

  • Acceptance as music majors at Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan-Flint

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PRIVATE LESSONS

Lessons are individual and tailored to each student's specific needs and goals. They are held weekly at the time/place that works best for both parties and are available in half hour, 45 min., and hour lengths. The main areas of focus include, but aren't limited to fundamentals/technique, etudes, repertoire, reeds, efficient/effective practice, ensemble preparedness, theory, history, etc. All students will be encouraged to familiarize themselves with the top players in our field, both domestic and international.   

Below are some examples of weekly lesson assignments of varying levels:

Advanced:

Fundamentals

Technical Etudes

Melodic Etudes

Repertoire

Reedmaking

Orchestral Excerpt(s) (as applicable)

Ensemble Music (as needed)

Beginner:

Fundamentals, Scales & Arpeggios

Etudes

Repertoire

Ensemble Music (as needed)

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CHAMBER COACHING

For many students, the annual Solo & Ensemble Festival is one of the biggest events of their musical year. While solos will usually receive ample instruction and feedback, the preparation of small (or large) chamber works sometimes lacks in this area. To help make these experiences just as confident, fun, and thrilling as their solo counterparts, I offer instruction and guidance to woodwind ensembles looking to perform in any setting. As an experienced chamber musician, I am happy to help your ensemble reach its full potential!

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SECTIONAL COACHING

These sessions are individually tailored and flexible to each program's specific needs and goals. The main areas of focus include, but aren't limited to: ensemble playing/preparedness, fundamentals/technique, reeds, efficient/effective practice, etc.

 

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