And I said to my body, softly
'I want to be your friend'
It took a long breath and replied,
'I have been waiting all my life for this.'
- Nayyirah Waheed
“Music gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” — Plato
My journey began at the age of 9 with the flute. I loved the recorder in my Elementary school Music program. My dad took me to a music store and said, "pick any instrument, and I will buy it for you!" I chose the flute because it was the same fingerings as the recorder, at least somewhat. I am so lucky that I chose one of the most beautiful instruments. It was then that I knew I discovered my first passion.
I am grateful to have been recognized in many state competitions including being the winner of the Advanced Masterclass at the Florida Flute Convention with Paula Robison and Leone Buyse, the Texas Flute Festival Masterclass Competition with Gary Schocker, the Wisconsin Flute Festival Masterclass competition with Marianne Gedigian and receiving 2nd Prize in the High School Young Artists’ Competition as well as the the College Young Artists’ Competition at the Florida Flute Association. My journey with music has given me the privilege to travel nationally and internationally to many places across the United States as well as Guatemala, Canada, Spain, and France.
I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance from the University of Central Florida under the teachings of Dr. Nora Lee Garcia and studied with Dr. Tadeu Coehlo at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
I am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. I completed my Alexander Technique Training in Chicago (ATTiC) with Daria Okugawa. This is a AmSAT certification, requiring a 3-year, 1600-hr teacher training. I also have the privilege of continuing to grow with my wonderful mentor, Helene Weisbach (AmSAT, Emeritus Member)
I am currently studying to be a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) through Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College Music Therapy Equivalency Distance program. I am completing my Music Therapy Internship at Giant Steps, a therapeutic day school for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The internship is a requirement to become a MT-BC with a minimum of 900 hrs at internship, and 1200 clinical hours over the course of the program.
I currently teach and perform in Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs. I teach in Lincoln Square and Lisle/Naperville.