EDUCATION

DMA in viola performance, University of North texas

Anticipated graduation: December 2018

MM in Viola Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music

May 2015 

BM in Applied Music in Viola Performance, Eastman School of Music 

December 2012


VIOLA STUDIES

Susan Dubois, Professor of viola

University of North Texas, August 2015 to present

Stanley Konopka, Cleveland Orchestra assistant principal viola and associate professor of viola

Cleveland Institute of Music, September 2013 to July 2015

George Taylor, Professor of Viola 

Eastman School of Music, September 2007 to December 2010; September 2011 to December 2012

Philip Ying, Ying Quartet violist, Associate Professor of Viola, and Chair of Chamber Music

Eastman School of Music, January 2011 to May 2011

Juliet White-Smith, Professor of Viola 

The Ohio State University, June 2011 to August 2011

Basil Vendryes, Colorado Symphony Orchestra principal violist and Instructor of Viola 

University of Denver, January 2005 to 2007; January 2013 to August 2013


masterclasses

Roger Tapping, violist of the Juilliard Quartet 

Cleveland Institute of Music, December 2014 

 Walton concerto, first movement 

Daniel Reinker, Principal Violist, Nashville Symphony 

Cleveland Institute of Music, Spring 2014 

 Hindemith Der Schwanendreher, first movement

Ettore Causa, Associate Professor of Viola at the Yale School of Music 

Eastman School of Music, April 2012

 Brouwer concerto, second movement

Juliet White-Smith, Professor of Viola at The Ohio State University 

Eastman School of Music, Fall 2009 

 Glinka Sonata, second movement 

Carol Rodland, Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music 

Western States Honor Orchestra, March 2007 

 Bach Suite No. 2, Prelude

COACHINGS

Adam Wodnicki, Regents Professor of Piano

University of North Texas, Fall 2015

 Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3

Stanley Konopka, Cleveland Orchestra assistant principal violist and Associate Professor of Viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Kent/ Blossom Music Festival, Summer 2015

 Bartók String Quartet No. 1

Bion Tsang, Professor of Cello and Division Head of Strings at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music

Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Summer 2015

 Prokofiev String Quartet No. 1 and Smetana String Quartet No. 1

Peter Salaff, former violinist of the Cleveland Quartet and Director of String Chamber Music Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland Institute of Music, Fall 2013 and 2014

 Schumann piano quartet, Haydn Quartet Op. 20, No. 2, and Beethoven Quartet Op. 59, No. 1

The Cavani Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music 

Cleveland Institute of Music, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 

 Haydn Quartet Op. 20, No. 2, Beethoven Quartet Op. 59, No. 1, and Schubert Quartet No. 14

Anita Pontremoli, Collaborative Piano Department Head

Cleveland Institute of Music, Fall 2013 

 Schumann piano quartet, Op. 47

Leonard Matcyznski, Professor of Chamber Music at Boston Conservatory

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, July 2013

 Brahms Viola Quintet, Op. 88

Melissa Kraut, Professor of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Meadowmount School of Music, Summer 2010

 Brahms Quartet No. 1

Steven Rochen, violin and chamber music faculty

Meadowmount School of Music, Summer 2010 

 Beethoven Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 

Kathleen Bride, Professor of Harp 

Eastman School of Music, Spring 2010 

 Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp

Ying Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the Eastman School of Music

Eastman School of Music, Fall 2007 to Fall 2009

 String Quartet Seminar: Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Ginastera quartets

Carol Rodland, Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music

Western States Honor Orchestra, March 2007

 Bach Suite No. 2, Prelude


MUSIC FESTIVALS

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

Colorado College, Summer 2015

 Chamber music coachings with Stefan Hersh, Philip Ying, Rachel Calin, and Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

 Lessons with Toby Appel and Philip Ying

 Orchestra and community outreach performances with Scott Yoo

Kent/ Blossom Music Festival

Kent State University, Summer 2015

 Chamber music coachings with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Miami String Quartet

 Masterclasses and viola studies with Robert Vernon, Stanley Konopka, and Yu Jin

 Side-by-side performance with The Cleveland Orchestra - Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Viola Intensive Workshop

The Ohio State University, January 2015

 Solo performances and recordings of Walton Concerto and Bach Partita No. 3

 Masterclasses and viola studies with George Taylor, Juliet White-Smith, and Hillary Herndon

Blossom Music Festival 

Kent, OH, Summer 2014

 Chamber music coachings with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Miami String Quartet

 Side-by-side performance with the Cleveland Orchestra, Sibelius Second Symphony

 Masterclasses and viola studies with Robert Vernon and Stanley Konopka

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Nelson, NH, Summer 2013

 Chamber music coachings with Leonard Matcyznski and the Apple Hill String Quartet

 Masterclass with Michael Kelley of the Apple Hill String Quartet and Sam Bergman of the Minnesota Orchestra

Viola Intensive Workshop

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, January 2013 

 Solo performances and recordings of Hindemith Sonata, Op. 11, No. 4 and Bach Cello Suite No. 6 

 Masterclasses and viola studies with George Taylor, Juliet White-Smith, Kathryn Dey, and Hillary Herndon

Meadowmount School of Music 

Westport, NY, Summer 2010

 Chamber music coachings with Melissa Kraut and Steven Rochen

 Masterclasses and viola studies with Alan Bodman 

THe Quartet Program

SUNY Fredonia, NY, Summer 2008

 Chamber music coachings with Mark Rudoff and Basil Vendryes

Las Vegas Music Festival 

UNLV, NV, Summer 2006 and 2007

 Orchestral studies with George Stelluto

 Masterclasses and viola studies with Basil Vendryes

Kinhaven Music School 

Weston, VT, Summer 2005

 Orchestral studies with Jerry Bidlack

 Chamber music coachings with Peter Schultz and Nancy Bidlack

 Violin studies and masterclasses with Naho Parrini


SELECTED ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE

PRINCIPAL VIOLIST

Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Spring 2014 and 2015

 Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Elgar Cello Concerto, Rossini Semiramide Overture, etc. 

PRINCIPAL SECOND VIOLINIST

Cleveland Women's Orchestra, Spring 2015

 Mussorgorsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Donizetti Don Pasquale, Weber Oberon overture, etc. 

Assistant Principal Violist

True North Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland, OH, Fall 2014

 Schumann Fourth Symphony and Dvořák Fifth Symphony

Principal Violist 

Colorado Young Sinfonia, Fall 2011 and Spring 2013

 Mozart Linz Symphony No. 36, Dvořák Serenade for Strings, Jean Berger Sinfonietta, etc. 

Section First Violinist

Telluride Music Festival chamber orchestra, Telluride, CO, August 2012

  Mozart string orchestra pieces

Principal Violist

Eastman School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Opera Orchestra, Fall 2009 to Spring 2011

 Jake Heggie opera To Hell and Back, Opera Gala, Bach B-minor Mass, etc.


HONORS AND AWARDS

Teaching assistantship, University of North texas College of Music

Conductor's Quintet, Fall 2015 - present

Honorable Mention, College/Professional Adult Division, Alexander and Buono International String Competition 

New York City, November 2012 

Finalist, Long Island Conservatory Competition

Albertson, NY, August 2012

Performer, 2012 International Viola Congress

 Margaret Brouwer's viola concerto, Rhapsodic Sonata, June 2012

Winner, Concerto Competition 

Eastman School of Music, Spring 2012


COLLABORATIONS 

unt graduate student's works

Nova string quartet, Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Alex Cooke, composer

Spaces for solo viola, Spring 2015

Margaret Brouwer, composer

Rhapsodic Sonata viola concerto, Spring 2012

SOLO RECITALS

Second Master of Music recital

Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music 

January 25, 2015 

 Bach Partita No. 3, Brahms F-minor Sonata, Dello Joio Lyric Fantasies, Walton Concerto 

First Master of Music recital

Harkness Chapel at the Cleveland Institute of Music 

April 27, 2014 

 Bach Cello Suite No. 5, Kreisler La Gitana, Hindemith Der Schwanendreher

Senior Recital

Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music 

October 2, 2010 

 Britten Lacrymae, Hindemith Trauermusik, Jongen Allegro Appassionato

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

viola and violin private lesson teacher

McKinney Independent School District, October 2015 to present

 Taught high school students of all abilities

 Prepared students for part tests, All-Region auditions, and Solo and Ensemble competition

 Developed weekly lesson plans and personalized repertoire for each student

Camerata Orchestra Assistant

Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division, September 2013 to May 2015

 Led viola sectionals

 Developed fingerings and bowings tailored to each student’s abilities

 Organized and delegated responsibilities to student workers to assist with seating auditions

 Took attendance at each rehearsal

 Helped students to adequately tune in the tempered tuning method at each rehearsal

Prominent Faculty Artist

Sera Schools, Denver metro area, March 2013 to July 2013

 Led weekly piano class of four-year-olds, group violin lessons, and individual violin lessons

 Taught students who ranged in age from four to twelve years old

 Prepared violin students for a year-end recital

 Taught summer music group classes for five to eight year olds at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, including one 

special needs student

 Developed weekly lesson plans and activities 

 Worked with student’s parents to achieve goals

Private piano and violin teacher 

Accent Music, Denver metro area, March 2013 to August 2013

 Maintained a studio of twenty students, ranging from four to fifty-two years old, including one student with autism

 Prepared most advanced violin student for a year-end recital 

 Developed weekly lesson plans and personalized repertoire for each student


LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Cleveland Institute of Music

 Robert Vernon-Stanley Konopka studio class coordinator, September 2014 to May 2015

o Maintained studio class schedule and organized student performers and accompanists

Eastman School of Music

 Executive Vice President of board of Eastman Student Association, Fall 2010 to Spring 2010

o Maintained studio class schedule and organized student performers and accompanists 
o Met regularly with the President and Deans from both from the  Eastman School of Music and the University of 
Rochester to adequately serve Eastman students as a liaison between the  administration and student body
o Organized annual Halloween dance, winter dance, Spring Fling, and other school-wide activities 
o Approved or denied applications for new student group formations and funding

 Executive board of Eastman Community Outreach, Spring 2010

o Organized activities and opportunities for student outreach, including teaching lessons at the Salvation Army and 
o Paychex/University of Rochester Leadership Institute, January 2010
o Attended seminars to hone abilities for leadership and club goals 
o Work-shopped fundraising ideas, disciplinary scenarios, and brainstorming sessions

 Executive board of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Spring 2010 to Fall 2012

o Organized community service activities such as nursing home volunteering, charity concerts, and school piano 
o Helped the organization transition from probation to good standing with the National Headquarters branch
o Organized and hosted annual regional conference
o Fundraised for organization and its partnership charities
o Taught new member class for incoming members and worked with regional advisor to prepare them for the 

 Leadership board of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Spring 2008 to Spring 2010

o Represented club as a liaison at the Eastman Student Association
o Applied for school funding and assisted in fundraising for club activities

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Cleveland Institute of Music: Recording engineer, September 2013 to May 2015

 Recorded audio and video of faculty, orchestra, and department rehearsals and student recitals

 Trained new student workers

Sunward Consolidated Group: Advertising department, May 2011 to January 2012

 Wrote advertisements for hard-copy and online newspapers for pre-engineered steel buildings

 Answered and transferred calls and messages through multi-line phone systems in addition to other receptionist duties