I began my studies in 6th grade, in Columbia, Tennessee. When I was a freshman in high school, I played with the Nashville Repertory Orchestra. During my junior year I was awarded the Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship at Vanderbilt University- which included music theory and history classes plus private instruction. That same year I played principal clarinet with the Nashville Youth Symphony. I attended Middle Tennessee State University and studied with Todd Waldecker. During my time at MTSU, I played 2nd clarinet with the Tennessee Philharmonic and the Murfreesboro Symphony. I also played principal clarinet with the Choral Society Orchestra. I was on the substitute list for the
Chattanooga and Huntsville (AL) Symphonies. In 2001, I won first place at the Beethoven Young Artist Competition in Memphis, TN. In 2004, I moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University for my Masters in Clarinet Performance and studied with Russell Dagon and Steve Cohen. I currently free-lance in the Chicagoland area, teaching and gigging. I am a full time member of the Rockford Symphony, and I have performed with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, Elmhurst Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Bel Canto Choir of Milwaukee, and the Downers Grove Choral Society. In July 2010, I was a finalist for the International Clarinet Association's Orchestral Excerpt Competition. Aside from orchestral playing, I have been involved in several productions with OperaModa and Chicago Opera Vandguard. I have also performed with the Marriott Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Porchlight Theatre, and Court Theatre Companies, as well as the American Girl Revue.
International Clarinet Association and Union Member