May 29 to June 4, 2000
I grew up in Kalispell, Montana and started playing the flute when I was nine years old, when I joined the school band and learned the basics from a percussionist! Summer music camps were my sole means of learning about the flute, as I was unable to study privately for any length of time until I moved to Washington to attend Seattle Pacific University. I will be forever indebted to Rae Terpenning, who I consider my first teacher, for encouraging me to major in flute, despite my late start in studying the instrument. While at SPU, I double-majored in Flute Performance and Music Education and minored in German. I got a Master's in Music in flute performance at Arizona State University, and I'm now a doctoral student (Flute Performance and Pedagogy) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I study with Alexa Still. I spent this year working as Alexa's graduate assistant and learning a lot from her. I am very grateful for the opportunity to study with someone whose playing I have long admired. Some other wonderful teachers include Karen Yonovitz, Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, and Kim Pineda (who is a fantastic baroque flutist).
When I'm not playing the flute, I enjoy travelling, reading, and hunting through used bookstores looking for out-of-print books by Dorothy L. Sayers.
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