She is a clarinettist who studied at the Peabody
Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan.
She travelled to China in 1988 to give a solo recital
and masterclass at the Beijing Conservatory. She then went to Europe where she performed in Moscow
and St. Petersburg with the Youth Honor Musicians. She returned to China in 1994 to
perform with the Beijing Quartet in a performance of a Clarinet Quintet by
Weber. She took part in competition
in 1996 and became the winner of the first prize at the Louis D. McMahon
International Music Competition.
In 1997 she premiered John Carbon’s “Rhapsody for Clarinet
& Orchestra” with the New York Chamber Symphony in her New York debut
and received a rave review from the New York Times. She went on to appear with Camerata
New York in Tanglewood and the Alaria Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie (Weill)
In 2000 she joined the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber
Orchestra and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, who she
is now Principal Clarinet with, and when 2001 came along she was called on
to perform with the Philadelphia Trio in the premiere of Ring Out Wild Bells
by Thea Musgrave. She has also
performed with the Berkshire Opera Festival since around 2000 and since around
1995 years with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 2007 she worked with the
International Music Festival on the Silk Road Tour. She is also the Principal Clarinet
of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.
Involved in making people aware of the efforts in
international peacekeeping by the Mennonite Central Committee, she raises
money by giving annual performances with the chamber group Beyond
Appearing on several recordings she has performed on Music
of John Carbon, Hanson: Nymphs and Satyr Ballet Suite and Bach
Dancing & Dynamite Society 10.
In the field of musical education she has been a
Visiting Professor at Lanzhou Multicultural University in China and is Artist-in-Residence
at Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College.