Baroque & Modern Violist


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I’m a baroque and modern violist originally from New Jersey. I began playing the viola when I was six (and had never heard of viola jokes). In high school, I studied with Karen Ritscher at Manhattan School of Music Precollege and with Brett Deubner. For my bachelor's degree in Viola Performance, I studied at Cleveland Institute of Music with Jeffrey Irvine. During my undergrad, I became interested in Historical Performance at though working with Julie Andrijeski in the Case Western Reserve Baroque orchestra and chamber ensembles. For my master's, I studied baroque viola (and a little baroque violin) with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University.


During the summers I’ve had exciting musical experiences through chamber, orchestral, historical performance, and contemporary festivals. Some of these include Heifetz Festival, Bowdoin, and the Fresh Inc Festival. For Historical performance, I’ve attended Tafelmusik Summer Institue and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. I’ve also been drawn to Europe as well and been part of the Casals Festival in Prades, France, where I worked with Nobuko Imai and Bad Leonfelden Festival where I worked with Thomas Riebl. Following these summer festivals,  I decided to spend a semester in Austria at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität.


In May 2018, I helped start a chamber music workshop for amateur musicians in Italy. I love sharing my music in places that may not normally hear chamber music and started an annual chamber music concert series in the small town of Newton NJ. 


I'm a certified Suzuki teacher and have studied pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. I've taught both violin and viola ages 6 and older. 

Click the link below to read more about my teaching philosophy. 

Chamber Music

I love performing chamber music in all sorts of settings, but especially in house concerts. If you are interested in joining me or have a chamber music idea, please get in touch!


I enjoy playing for events such as weddings, receptions, parties, and church services. I usually perform with others such as with a violinist, pianist, harpist, or in a string trio.

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Bach Cello Suite V

Performed in Cleveland Institute of Music's Mixon Hall, this piece, transcribed for viola is played Scordatura, with the A string tuned to a G. 

Brahms Alto Songs

I performed this piece on my senior recital at Cleveland Institute of Music with Susan Bengtson and Adam Whiting. We arranged Brahms' stunning songs, originally for mezzo and viola, for two violas. 

Kenji Bunch 3Gs

This is one of my favorite pieces to play. Both the A and C strings are tuned to G's and includes fun extended techniques.


"Her shaping of the phrases was so gripping to us and we literally clung to every note. The concert felt so brief because we lived completely in the moment throughout."


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