Degree(s): Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional (CRR) de Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France, 2015-2017
MM Saxophone Performance, The Hartt School, 2014
BM Saxophone Performance/Music Education, Case Western Reserve University, 2012
Former Employment/Employer(s): Notre Dame College, Instrumental Music Adjunct Faculty; Conn-Selmer, Selmer Paris Artist, Lutheran West High School; Interim Band Director, Independence High School, Choral Director/Music Teacher; Notre Dame Indoor Winds Program, Music/Visual Staff; Shaker Heights High School, Saxophone/Woodwind Instructor
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: La’Ventus Saxophone Quartet; Peroledi Duo; Liberty Wind Symphony, principle saxophonist
Advice for Current Students:
1. Meet as many people/make as many connections with others through every opportunity as possible while you are still a student. Meaningful, genuine relationships will benefit you both personally and throughout your career. Always be kinder than necessary.
2. Knowledge of education and pedagogy will only enhance your skills as a performer – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
3. Think of yourself as a musician rather than just a saxophonist. Go outside the box and take lessons with other types of musicians, especially those with different ideas or styles of pedagogy. Do not be afraid to challenge and question your preconceived notions or information you have been previously taught.
4. Redefine (and embrace) the concept of ‘failure’. Your career and life will be filled with many ‘nos’, losses, and rejections. Do not be deterred by this; instead, analyze and take advantage of each one as the knowledge gained will be your biggest asset to ongoing personal and professional growth.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? Studying music/saxophone and living abroad has immensely and positively impacted my life, both as a musician and as a person. Please feel free to contact me if you are thinking of doing so and have questions/need advice!