I grew up in Florida on a little island called Little Torch Key. Once a week my mother would drive me to Key West where I took violin and piano lessons from Norma Dopp, Key West’s first elementary school music teacher. As I got older, I jumped at any chance to perform in my small town whether it was busking at Sunset Celebration or playing with the Keys Chamber Orchestra. In high school I taught myself to play guitar and started writing and recording original songs (the evidence of which you will never find). It was also during that time I started teaching violin to my friends and discovered my passion for sharing music in that way.
In 2013 I graduated from the University of South Florida with a BM in Violin Performance. During my time there I performed with the USF Symphony Orchestra and various chamber music projects. I also became involved with the composition department through classes, performing student pieces, and helping to start the New Music Consortium. After graduating I taught violin and piano lessons at a music studio in Riverview, FL and occasionally substituted for a music teacher at St Pete Alfred Adler Elementary. Without school I now had time to cultivate my love for outdoor adventures, which is what ultimately led me to the mountains of North Carolina.
I’ve been here in Asheville for about five years now and In that time I’ve grown my own little violin and piano studio (currently online and outside due to Covid-19) I play locally with the Blue Ridge Orchestra, The Pitching Fits (my country band), Irvin Music Studios (weddings and events), and singer-songwriter Troy Crossley. In 2019 I collaborated with Troy and Pronounced Heroes to record the album Songs for No One. These days if I’m not playing or teaching, I’m out kayaking, hiking, or snuggling with Porter WAGoner (my lab mix, not the man who made Dolly Parton Famous).
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