At the age of five, my mom registered me for beginner piano lessons; before fourth grade, I decided to play the oboe at a rigorous beginning band camp. Who could have known these two decisions would change my life? My piano studies, now in their 13th year, provide me with a foundation in music that helped immensely with my first years on oboe and strengthen my ability to add musicality to my playing. On oboe, I have played in almost every musical ensemble available including the top bands at my elementary and middle schools, All-District Band, All-Regional Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, Triangle Youth Symphony and Philharmonic, the top concert band at Millbrook High School, and North Carolina’s Governor’s School. Additionally, I picked up bass drum to join marching band. Each of these ensembles has exposed me to a variety of musical environments, conductors, literature, and musicians. My enjoyment of music from age five has become my passion. It is this passion that has inspired me to establish Music is Instrumental, Inc. My goals are to challenge committed middle school musicians, strengthen secondary school instrumental music programs, create community service opportunities for talented high school musicians to instruct, role model and mentor, and in time, offer free musical instruction to under-privileged students.
Beyond music, I am the second of five children and am now attending Wake Forest University as a Stamps Scholar and Presidential Music Scholar. A Girl Scout for 11 years, I earned my Gold Award with Hope Reins of Raleigh as well as my Silver and Bronze Awards. I enjoy spending my few remaining free moments with my family, friends, and three ducks.