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Creativity Discovered: The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra's choreographed "Holberg Suite"
It's been 4 years since I last posted a "Creativity Discovered" post.  That's not to say that nothing creative has happened during this time - quite the opposite really!  But recently I came across a series of YouTube videos that has made me realize that I ...
It's been 4 years since I last posted a "Creativity Discovered" post.  That's not to say that nothing creative has happened during this time - quite the opposite really!  But recently I came across a series of YouTube videos ...
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Such an exciting project!
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Impressions from the stage: University of Maryland's choreographed production of "Appalachian Spring"
About a month ago I saw a post on a young friend's Facebook page about participating in an event at the University of Maryland that immediately grabbed my attention.  A violinist and a dancer attending the school, Lillian Cannon, performed in a memorized, c...
About a month ago I saw a post on a young friend's Facebook page about participating in an event at the University of Maryland that immediately grabbed my attention.  A violinist and a dancer attending the school, Lillian Can...
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One musician's painful dilemma
© misu - Fotolia.com I am writing this post because I want to be honest and because the subject I'm about to bring up is one that is often shoved under the carpet. Thankfully, I think more and more musicians are starting to open up about this topic which is...
© misu - Fotolia.com I am writing this post because I want to be honest and because the subject I'm about to bring up is one that is often shoved under the carpet. Thankfully, I think more and more musicians are starting to o...
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The myth of the perfect performance
© RedDaxLuma - Fotolia.com I will insist on continuing to work with young musicians because it is from them that I get a glimpse into their minds and reminders of what I so often take for granted as a more seasoned player.  Such was the case this past week ...
© RedDaxLuma - Fotolia.com I will insist on continuing to work with young musicians because it is from them that I get a glimpse into their minds and reminders of what I so often take for granted as a more seasoned player.  S...
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The shortest post ever!
This has been another crazy spring semester for me which is why I haven't been posting much here.  Sorry about that! In case you're interested I do try to post regularly on my Facebook page that is a companion to this blog.  It's sort of like a mini-blog.  ...
This has been another crazy spring semester for me which is why I haven't been posting much here.  Sorry about that! In case you're interested I do try to post regularly on my Facebook page that is a companion to this blog.  ...
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Multifaceted practicing - a key to brilliant performances
Tucked away in our bedroom closet I have what's got to be one of the ugliest rocks enclosed in a plastic bag and nestled safely in a box full of cotton.  It's been there for almost 10 years now and it's something that my daughter asks to see every now and t...
Tucked away in our bedroom closet I have what's got to be one of the ugliest rocks enclosed in a plastic bag and nestled safely in a box full of cotton.  It's been there for almost 10 years now and it's something that my daug...
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Mind and body blown – the Alexander technique way
"Mind blown." © Elnur - Fotolia.com I've heard that phrase a lot recently but I've been pretty reluctant to use it until now. I n one of my recent posts I brought up an issue I've been dealing with that I was slightly hesitant to discuss – having physical i...
"Mind blown." © Elnur - Fotolia.com I've heard that phrase a lot recently but I've been pretty reluctant to use it until now. In one of my recent posts I brought up an issue I've been dealing with that I was slightly hesitant...
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Impressions from the stage: University of Maryland's choreographed production of "Appalachian Spring"
About a month ago I saw a post on a young friend's Facebook page about participating in an event at the University of Maryland that immediately grabbed my attention.  A violinist and a dancer attending the school, Lillian Cannon, performed in a memorized, c...
About a month ago I saw a post on a young friend's Facebook page about participating in an event at the University of Maryland that immediately grabbed my attention.  A violinist and a dancer attending the school, Lillian Can...
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A most unusual gift
I find it difficult to teach a class at 8am in the morning, particularly to college students.  They aren't human that early - neither am I for that matter!  I often find myself resorting more to silliness in an effort to keep us all awake and engaged.  Such...
I find it difficult to teach a class at 8am in the morning, particularly to college students.  They aren't human that early - neither am I for that matter!  I often find myself resorting more to silliness in an effort to keep...
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Blog post from the Beyond the Notes archives...
Have you ever tried to put together a cake without a recipe?  I have.  It wasn't pretty.   And now my six-year old daughter has also been initiated into the "I'm going to just wing it" school of baking with just about the ...
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Have her in circles
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Freelance pianist
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  • Chamber musician
    present
  • Practice coach
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  • Piano collaborator
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  • Freelance pianist
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My passion is to help others in the community, young, old, and everyone in between, find relevance and joy in learning, performing or listening to classical music.
Education
  • Eastman School of Music
    BM, Piano Performance, 1991 - 1996
  • Eastman School of Music
    MM, Piano Performance, 1996 - 1998