She is a violinist and composer raised in Houston,
Texas, who entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 1984. She graduated in 1990 and was soon a
member of the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, now
known as simply the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
She has also served with many other orchestras and
ensembles in and around Philadelphia that include Network for New Music,
Orchestra 2001, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Relache Ensemble.
She moved to San Francisco and began playing with
orchestras and ensembles there alongside continuing her musical career in
Philadelphia. This saw her performing
with the Empyrean Ensemble, the Magik*Magik Orchestra and the San Francisco
Her busy career has included her being made
Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2004, premiering
Andrea Clearfield’s “Romanza, for Solo Violin and Chamber Orchestra” with
Orchestra 2001 in 2007, touring Europe, Taiwan and Australia with the
Philip Glass Ensemble in 2008 and giving performances of “Water Passion
According to St. Matthew” by Tan Dun in Germany and Australia.
Outside of being a classical musician she has also
ventured into many other genres of music such as performing with Baltimore
with Michael Formanek’s jazz string quartet, working on an electronic piece
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the guitarist and producer Tom
Motzer and being a studio musician on many album releases by current pop
Not just a musician, she has taught herself
composition and is very involved in creating electronic music as well as
using traditional acoustic methods.
Her works include “Zephyr, for Solo Violin, Strings and Percussion”
was premiered in 2001 by the Chamber Orchestra of Phildelphia, “Night in
the Roof Garden” was performed by her as a soloist in 2003, the electronic
music compilation “The Movie Is In Your Mind” which was premiered in 2006
and more recently the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra performed her “Not
Created or Destroyed”. She released
a CD of her own compositions in 2008.
The many recordings she has appeared on include her
own Four-Stringed Voice as well as Defected in the House by
Simon Dunmore, Because of You by Ne-Yo, Home by Seven, What
a Wonderful World by Tonia Tecce, Graduation by Kanye West Choral
Recital by The Westminster Choir, String Quartet to The Beatles,
String Quart Tribute to Weezer: Pull This String.